‘110 Stories’ channels 9/11 realities in new Manitowoc theater
MANITOWOC, Wis. (WFRV) – The play “110 Stories” is set to be performed forever in the United States.
Author Sarah Tuft takes audiences to New York and the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and shares what happened in the words of 26 people who lived through that day and the elements of its aftermath.
Just as September 11 means a lot to many, the play has an unforgettable quality for members of the audience.
Production at Manitowoc has that extra twist: it’s the first – a first – for Parkview Playhouse featuring the Little Bakery Players in a converted space from a former bakery / factory.
With Saturday September 11, 2021, 20 years after the events of New York, a field in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, interest is high in this anniversary.
“110 Stories” focuses on New York and tells what happened through the voices and thoughts of firefighters on duty and ordinary people caught in the onslaught of fire, smoke, debris, death and emotion.
Director Bernie Starzewski and his cast of nine are driven by the material.
Players read and act out the words of real people who were taken under cataclysmic circumstances, and an illusion of reality sweeps through the performance.
Bernie Starzewski especially worked the players on a streak leading up to the end of Act I. It’s fast delivery that goes from person to person with a unison word exploding at the end.
The players place themselves clearly in the lives of their characters.
A man, an office worker, describes a descent on a staircase in one of the towers while another man representing a firefighter recounts the rise in a kind of hell. The firefighters’ toll that day was 343.
A man with a hangover walks towards Morgan Stanley when he sees an airliner crash into the company’s offices.
A photographer who thinks he has seen it all in South America sees the unthinkable and photographs people as they fall from a tower and pray, “Give them wings.”
“110 Stories” and the cast give an idea of what the presence at the World Trade Center looked like. Act I is the day of, and Act II is primarily the aftermath and an awareness of the scale, devastation and horror of the hits from two airliners.
At present, the public is exposed to a lot of words, pictures, videos and memories due to the 20 years celebration. In Manitowoc, “110 Stories” and the humanizing cast heighten the impact and create a strong impression of what 9/11 was like.
Creative: Playwright – Sarah Tuft; director – Bernie Starzewski; artistic director – Tom Berger
Luis Castillo – Bolivar Arellano, Glenn Jinks, Mitchel Peritz
Dawn M. Dewane – Susan Flis RN, Narrator
Eric M. Eberhardy – FF Jason Casone, Garret Fisher, Ro Sheffe, BJ
Cheryl Feld – Mom, Natalie Roundtree LPN, Lillian
Scott Felten – Paul Adams EMT, Terrance, Dr Jim Snyder
Brad Leonhardt – FF Lou Trazino, Tony Esola, Carey Sheih
Caitlyn McCord – Karen Slade, Merline Duhrman, Elizabeth Gelibert
David Neese – FF Don Casey, Father Bob Demming, Thomas
Emily Sandoval – Officer Hernandez, Michelle Wilde Williams
Duration of operation: Two hours, 15 minutes
Remaining performance: 7:10 p.m. and Sept. 11
THE PLACE: The 932 S. 12th St. Theater in Manitowoc takes its name from the building’s original purpose as the Parkview Bakery. The owners are Bernard and Marilyn Starzewski. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the opening of Parkview Playhouse has been delayed for several months. The capacity is 49 people. The space is rectangular. At the rear of the performance hall are exposed bricks encrusted with soot from the fires in the bakery ovens. The room has a beamed ceiling, a brick fireplace and two windows draped in floral curtains. The ceiling is painted black. The wall to the right of the audience is painted magenta, and the wall to the left is magenta above and cream below. The public is seated on mobile chairs in beige fabric for the seat and back, wooden arms and a metal frame. A speckled beige carpet extends to the performance area, the rear floor of which is raised almost a foot, the raised portion forming an “L” which leads to the production control area to the left. public. The space is designed for intimate productions.