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Behind Blue Sky: A Therapeutic Film and Theatre Response to the Soul Wound of 9/11 on New York City

Images of hands cupping dust. One of the images has an orange filter over it.
7:00pm-10:00pm ET
$5 NYU affiliates $10 general public
Online Event

Music and Performing Arts Professions
Program in Drama Therapy

For the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, an entirely BIPOC-identified ensemble of drama therapists and theatre artists examine its legacy. In this current age of pandemic and social-political reckoning, they grapple with the permanent scars inflicted on the body of NYC. They ask:  What are the untold stories of trauma of that day? What happened to the dust that settled on the psyche of the city? And, how do we transform the dust and grief of 9/11 into radical hope and a vision of the future?                    

Filmed throughout NYC, Behind Blue Sky weaves personal and fictionalized narratives based on the stories of the ensemble as well as those gathered from people living and working in NYC at the time, it explores the legacy of 9/11 at a time in which the city is remaking itself again.           

Ensemble: Chantal Georges, Sara Kliger, Jonathan Howie, Carlos Rodriguez-Perez, Hala Shah, Allyn Sitjar, Jennifer Tam           

Production Team: Armand Volkas, Jesse Bonnell, Lynn Hodeib, Ellen Smittle, Gabrielle Fidis, Samantha Artese          

The film will be live streamed on the following dates and immediately followed by an interactive gathering with the audience over Zoom.

August 27 and 28: 7pm EDT     
August 29: 1pm EDT


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