Generation 9-11: So Far / So Close
Generation 9-11: So Far / So Close is a fast-paced, moving, and funny one-man show that explores how a generation was affected by September 11th from afar - via TV, internet, and phone 10 years later. The show refracts 9/11 through the memories of ordinary people, right up to the present day. The show is based on over a 150 first-person accounts from interviews conducted by Mr Wolfe in 2001-02 and 2010-11 with people ages 18 38. These stories were changed, reframed, and combined. The end result is a complex and storied portrait of where Mr. Wolfe's generation is 10 years later.
"How does this affect my generation? That was one of my first questions in the months after the attacks," says Producer/Performer Chris Wolfe. "I started a documentary in 2001 that explored this question, which culminated in a trip to Ground Zero for the one-year anniversary of the attacks. But what I realized is that it was too soon to be asking this question. As the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches, I've been interviewing people and trying to figure out what's changed: Is there a Generation 9/11?"
The show is a 50-minute, multi-cultural mash-up of different points of viewmale, female, liberal, conservative, Christian, Islamic, affected, distant but the focus is on people who were not there. Rather than focusing on survivors, rescuers, victims or family members, Generation 9/11 features everyday people that found out by turning on the news people at a distance but all of whom were impacted by an event with repercussions that affected the entire world over the past decade.
The show marks a homecoming for Mr. Wolfe, who stopped acting after graduating with a degree in Drama in 2002. He says, "Ironically, 9/11 was a contributing factor in my choice to leave acting. Someone else described the period after the attacks as a "crisis of relevance." Why does what I do matter? When I contemplated doing a one-person show, the topic selected itself."
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