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The Human Reaction to 9/11 Gets a Theatrical Treatment at UCPAC

'E-mail: 9/12', a theatrical production on how one woman coped with the 2001 terrorist attacks, opens tonight at the Union County Performing Arts Center.

What were you doing on 9/11? 

Horrified observers were glued to the TV. Commuters stuck in traffic fiddled with the stations on the car radio. And some people were emailing their loved ones.

That's the tack the play, "E-mail: 9/12" takes when remember that day a decade ago which so many said was "our generation's defining moment."

"E-mail: 9/12", written by Midge Guerrera, focuses on Margaret, who lives in the NJ countryside as she emails family and friends the day after the terrorist attacks. The play focuses on the shock, grief, fear, and love that swept over most people who experienced that day on TV and the radio. 

As Guerrera put it: "Each generation has had defining dates. My parents remembered precisely what they were doing when Pearl Harbor was bombed. My friends and I know exactly where we were when President John F. Kennedy was shot. A new generation will always be able to tell you what they were doing the moment the first plane hit the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. After the tragedy, it took me a while to wend my way home. After hugging my aged Aunt Cat and staring at the fighter jets in a holding pattern directly over our house I sat down at the computer and sent an e-mail to everyone who was dear to me."

The play opens tonight, Sept. 9 at 8:00 pm at The Loft of the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway. Other performances are scheduled for Sept. 10 at 8:00 pm, and Sept. 11 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $25, and proceeds from the event will benefit FamiliesofSepember11.org. To purchase tickets, visit their website or call 732-499-8226.

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