National theater group honors original UW-La Crosse play about 9/11

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — A UW-La Crosse play about 9/11 received numerous awards from a national group Thursday.

UWL Severe Clear

“Severe Clear: September 11 from Memory to History.”

The National Committee of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival honored the UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts for the original documentary drama, “Severe Clear: September 11 from Memory to History.” Faculty and students wrote the play and premiered it in October of 2020.

The Kennedy Center committee honored the production with Citizen Artist Awards for Special Achievement in the Production of a New York, Special Achievement in the Production of a Devised or Company-Generated Work, Special Achievement in Direction by Faculty Artists (professor Greg Parmeter), and Special Achievement in Ensemble Performance.

According to UWL, the awards recognize programs in higher education using theatrical production to promote long-term societal impact through an artistic lens, to encourage empathetic exploration of the complex cultural and physical world, and to advocate for justice on campus and throughout the world.

“This type of national recognition not only speaks to the incredible work our faculty and students are producing but also sheds positive national light on the university as a whole,” says Joe Anderson, chair of the Theatre Arts Department.

In 2021, national theatre blog “OnStage” named the UW-La Crosse Theatre Department the best program in Wisconsin. Find out more about the creation of the award-winning production in the documentary, “Severe Clear: The Story Behind the Story”.

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