BREAK is about the unexpected effects of the Ground Zero recovery effort on New York City’s firemen and policemen, and their families.
In honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Louise Rozett, Michael Rozett, and Tracy Middendorf are producing a play, BREAK, at the New York International Fringe Festival this August—and we're asking for your help.
BREAK is about the unexpected effects of the Ground Zero recovery effort on New York City’s firemen and policemen, and their families. In December of 2001, FDNY Captain John Emmett and NYPD Officer Marco Gennaro are both assigned to Ground Zero. Emmett is struggling with the loss of hundreds of friends and the disintegration of his family while Gennaro is fighting to keep his marriage together, though being around his wife and child is a constant reminder of what he could so easily lose in the post-9/11 world. Emmett and Gennaro end up sitting together in the overcrowded dining room of the tent at Ground Zero. Though they can’t help but enter into battle over the nature of their jobs and why things happened the way they did on 9/11, a more important issue arises—how to survive the difficult and painful recovery effort, without which New York City cannot begin to heal and attempt to move forward.
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the producers are asking for your help to produce BREAK in order to give this play a world premiere worthy of the people it attempts to honor. As a New Yorker, the playwright is humbled to present this play at a time when people far and wide will be reflecting on 9/11 and remembering those who were lost on that day. It is truly an honor.
Thanks so much for your contribution.
Special thanks to Michael Rozett for making our Kickstarter video, and to the fantastic photographers we found on Flickr.com who gave us permission to use their photos. They are listed here in the order in which their work appears: Kevin Hayes (#1), R J Wood (#2), Michael Rozett (#3, #4), Joel Altschuler (#5), Moelyn Photos (#6), Scott Neville (#7), Peter Patau (#8), Ronald Rozett (#9), Jerry Finn (#10), Joseph Boudrant (#11), and Syed Fazli (#12).
Thanks also to On the Leesh Productions, the Naked Angels, and Reverie Productions for their invaluable help in developing BREAK.
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The Fringe Festival is an incredible experience. From a practical standpoint, it is also quite challenging. We will be assigned a theatre by the Fringe staff, and we will be sharing that space with about 13 other shows. As a result, we'll only have fifteen minutes to set up our set before the show, and fifteen minutes to take it down. The money that we make beyond our goal will allow us to hire a designer who can quickly create a set that fits our assigned space and that is easy to set up and take down.
The other major challenge regarding our venue assignment is that we may end up in a theatre that doesn't have storage space. If that happens, we'll have to bring all our costumes, props, and set pieces to and from the theatre for each performance. The money that we make beyond our goal will allow us to rent a car, if necessary, for transporting these items after each show.
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