The Brooklyn Culture Jam will present The Story of Falling Don, a solo show written by
Daniel Kinch and directed by Martin Grau. The production will be presented as part of
the 2022 FRIGID Festival at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1 st
Avenue and Avenue A) with performances on Wednesday, February 16 at 10:30pm,
Sunday, February 20 at 7pm, Saturday, February 26 at 3:30pm, Tuesday, March 1 at 7pm, and
Sunday, March 6 time change to 1:45 PM. Tickets ($14) are available for advance purchase at
TICKETS TIMES AND DATES HERE: https://www.frigid.nyc/event/6897:36/
THE STORY OF FALLING DON is the true story of Mr. Kinch’s first day on a new job in the Wall Street district, which happened to put him in his new office at 9 AM on 9/11/2001. The office he worked in faced the Twin Towers, and gave him an unintended front-row seat on the attacks on the World Trade Center’s twin towers. THE STORY OF FALLING DON is a meditation on the people who died that day and those who die every day in acts of war or terrorism. As a playwright, Mr. Kinch tries to explore the question of forgiveness in a Christian context.
THE STORY OF FALLING DON was originally produced in 2002 as part of the Theater For the New City Lower East Side SCRATCH festival. It has been updated with the passing of time. Mr. Kinch’s body of work includes several one-person shows. His work has been toured in the US and Europe, and a reading of one of his plays was broadcast nationally on DEMOCRACY NOW!
And why (you ask) is a play about 9/11 relevant now, twenty years after the fact? Because I’ve begun to see the chaos that the twenty year old exposure to all those toxins has done to the workers in downtown. Remember when former NJ Governor Christie Todd Whitman (may she rot in Hell) told us we were safe to go back to work? You’ll swallow an extra dooky in Hell for that, Chrissy. It’s an interesting anecdote to coincide at a time when the US has decided that people infected with Covid need to go back to work in Five Days whether they’ve recovered or not. After 9/11 We kept all those businesses open even as the cleanup went forward. There’s an accounting we need to make, and now’s the time. I wrote a short blog about it earlier this year. As I prepared this playscript, the CDC decision to reopen everything regardless of COVID reminded me a bit too much of the postscript of the 9/11 attack.
And as my collaborators reminded me, there are many questions never answered about 9/11. THE STORY OF FALLING DON isn’t a live version of the ‘Loose Change’ video documentary, but many writers have tried to answer questions about that day that (twenty years later) aren’t on anyone’s radar.
See you in February!!