UWL faculty, students create documentary of personal stories, experiences of 9/11

Original play, with accounts of witnesses, survivors and rescue personnel, will premiere Oct. 15 in UWL's Toland Theatre
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UWL associate professors Greg Parmeter and Laurie Kincman and their students captured untold stories of Sept. 11, 2001, in “Severe Clear: Sept. 11 from Memory to History." The play will debut Oct. 15 in UWL's Toland Theatre. (UWL photo)

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – UW-La Crosse’s Theatre Arts Department will present the world premiere next month of an original documentary that two faculty members and their students wrote about 9/11.
“Severe Clear: September 11 from Memory to History” highlights the personal stories and sensory experiences of witnesses, survivors and rescue personnel in New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon, and aboard Air Force One, according to a department news release.
UWL associate professors Laurie Kincman and Greg Parmeter and their students created the play, based on Garrett Graff’s book, “The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11.”
The play draws on hundreds of interviews and testimonials, as well as reports, news footage and air traffic control transcripts and audio files.
“Severe Clear” will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15-16 and 21-23, with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. in the Toland Theatre in the school’s Center for the Arts at 16th and Vine streets.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior/non-UWL students and $8 for UWL students; call (608) 785-6696.
A technical issue with the theater’s new ticketing system, AudienceView, won’t allow patrons to buy tickets online.
In person/phone ticket sales will begin at 1 p.m. Oct. 11. Hours for the box office, in the Center for the Arts lobby, are 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and one hour before showtimes.
The Theatre Arts Department will adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines of the university and La Crosse County Health Department regarding masking and social distancing. All patrons are required to wear masks while in any campus building, including during theater performances.

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