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What a Stranger May Know
A play commemorating the lives of the thirty-two victims of Virginia Tech.
By Erik Ehn
April 16, 2012 7:30 am
St. Ignatius Lawn
Santa Clara University is one of 24 universities presenting Erik Ehn’s ambitious “What a Stranger May Know” on that day. Erik Ehn, Director of Playwriting at Brown University and internationally recognized artist-activist, has written 32 plays, one for each of the victims of the shootings at Virginia Tech and these will be performed as readings on the five-year anniversary of that day, April 16, 2012 across the United States.
Ehn is endeavouring to "write the unspeakable" and to make reflective, not informational works in which no one is impersonated. He describes the simultaneous readings of these 32 scripts as "people thinking in time...a memorial action." The goal being "to provide a community with imaginative access to mourning." Since the shootings took place in a hall where French, German and Hydrology were taught, there are many references to these three subjects in the monologues about both students and professors who lost their lives that day.
This SCU event involves a cast and crew of 76 people, and is set throughout the St. Ignatius lawn between Kenna, St. Joseph's, Walsh Administration and the Law School. It is a collaboration between SCU students, staff, faculty, alumni and colleagues at other institutions. Assistant Directors Dor Cosby Atkinson, Jeffrey Bracco, Kimberly Mohne Hill, Christine Keating, Eric Loo, Courtney Elkin Mohler and Charlotte McIvor are working with Co-Artistic Directors Kristin Kusanovich and Michael Zampelli, S.J. to create this campus-wide communal event.
We hope that professors with classes offered at 8 o'clock A.M. on Monday April 16, 2012 might consider having their class meet 30 minutes early in order to attend this one-time event at 7:30 am if appropriate.
Audience will gather at 7:20 am under the palm trees near St. Joseph's Hall. The performance is from 7:30 am to 9:10 am. Following the performance, a place for conversation, written reflections in journals, meditations and prayers will be available nearby. We thank Campus Ministry for providing spiritual counselors to support those who may be in need upon completion of "What a Stranger May Know."
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