School of Theatre workshop to present reading at sculpture dedication

September 04, 2009

The first act of "A Day in the Life of a People," written and compiled by Charles Dumas, associate professor in the Penn State School of Theatre, and directed by Jean Marie Donnelly, a graduate candidate in the College of Education, will be presented by the Diverse Cultures Workshop class at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, in the community room of the State College Municipal Building on Allen Street in State College. The reading is in honor of the dedication of the sculpture "Ascent -- A Celebration of Life", created by Mark Pilato in honor of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

The play has been presented each year since 2002 on the anniversary of the attacks. Last year it was chosen to be in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and presented at the State Theatre. In 2008 it was invited to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. It premiered in 2002 at the American International School in Capetown, South Africa sponsored by The U.S. Consulate General for the diplomatic community. The play is based on eyewitness testimony and research into the lives of 12 ordinary people on Sept. 11, 2001, just before, during and after the attacks.

The Diverse Cultures Workshop is an undergraduate class designed to help foster and celebrate diversity through the development and presentation of theatrical events. The cast includes Jewelan Cleveland, Daren Donofrio, Angel Fonseca, Brandi Frazier-Hall, Anne Grebouski, Donise Johnson, Ryan Kramer, Andrew Lehman, Bram McGinnis, Anjannette Roczniak, Christie Stawicki and Bahar Tabatabai. The performance is free and open to the public.

Last Updated September 14, 2009