What a Stranger May Know
A site-specific outdoors simultaneous reading of 27 plays to commemorate 32 lives lost in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting
by Erik Ehn
Monday, April 16, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
The outdoor performance takes place on The University of Texas at Austin’s South Mall at Inner Campus Drive, Austin, Texas 78712.
Students, faculty and staff of The University of Texas at Austin community will participate in a daybreak tribute to those who lost their lives in the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings on April 16. What a Stranger May Know is a series of 32 plays, one for each victim, written by Erik Ehn, an internationally known artist-activist and the director of play writing at Brown University.
The University of Texas at Austin’s outdoor reading will follow Erik Ehn’s ambitious, plays-within-a-play format as a series of monologues. What a Stranger May Know is produced by Isaac Gomez, Michael Massey, Megan McQuaid and Sam Gorena, undergraduate students from the university’s Department of Theatre and Dance. The event will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, April 16, on the fifth anniversary of the tragedy, during the time of its occurrence in 2007.
Twenty-seven student actors will be scattered in different stations across the university’s South Mall leading up to the Tower, reading their 90-minute monologues simultaneously. Members of the audience are free to move about, wandering through the scenes as the stories unfold, or to stay with one selection throughout its entirety.
This community performance reaches beyond The University of Texas at Austin’s campus. What a Stranger May Know will be presented on April 16 at Santa Clara University, Brown University, City College of New York, Brandeis University, University of Ulster, The New School, The University of Texas at Arlington and Whittier College.
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