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Kingsport Theatre Guild to stage “110 Stories”

Holly Viers • Sep 4, 2019 at 1:30 PM

KINGSPORT — As the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaches, the Kingsport Theatre Guild will share the stories of a few of the survivors.

Beginning this week, KTG will stage “110 Stories,” a documentary play that humanizes the aftermath of the attacks. Director Brandi Autin said the show is part of KTG’s downtown series, and tickets are still available.

“This show is unique because it’s their first-hand accounts,” Autin said. “These are people’s real words; this isn’t something that somebody just made up. It tells the stories of people who were there when it happened. There is nothing political; it’s just how they felt in the moment and at the time.”

When and where

The show will be performed at Taylored Venue and Events on Sept. 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. It will be staged at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

A special free performance will be held at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.; reserved tickets are required for that show and are strongly recommended for the others.

All first responders can see any performance of the show at no charge, Autin said.

What to expect

Written by Sarah Tuft, the show is comprised of first-hand recollections of the days after 9/11 from those who were affected. A variety of people are portrayed in the play, including firefighters, police, parents, iron workers and homeless, Autin said.

The cast includes 17 people, four of whom are new to the KTG.

“They tell their stories about where they were and what they were doing when the towers fell,” Autin said. “The playwright, that was her purpose; she wanted to find a way to help, and she felt that sharing those stories was the best way to help people heal and move forward. One of the things that all of them at some point talk about in the play is how everybody came together when they needed help.”

How to watch

Tickets are $10 and can be reserved online at kingsporttheatre.org or by phone at (423) 392-8427. They will also be available at the door before each performance. Children under 3 years old are admitted free, but the content is not suitable for young children, Autin said.

“It’s an inspiring story of people coming together across any kind of differences they may have had,” Autin said. “It was all put aside to help each other.”

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