Troy Miller will direct the play, which is the final production of Luna Stage's 2010-2011 season. The work will officially open April 22 for a limited run through May 15.
Here's how Luna Stage bills the premiere: "With equal measures of ego and genius, a low level bureaucrat at The Port Authority sets out to build the world’s tallest building — an easy task, as long as he can get his architect, his engineer, the owner of the Empire State Building, and the Laws of Physics to cooperate. Based on actual events, The Tallest Building in the World examines the 1960's birth of the World Trade Center towers and the partnerships and friendships that were tested along the way."
The cast will feature David Bonanno (The Light in the Piazza, Death of a Salesman) as Gino, Pun Bandhu (Far East, The Bells) as Yama and Kane Prestenback (Halo/Titanic) as Lee with Drew Dix and Nehassaiu deGannes in a host of roles.
"Of course, it is not possible to even mention the words World Trade Center without evoking memories and emotions associated with the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. In a unique way, this play addresses the tragedy that occurred ten years ago, because from the perspective of the present, audiences cannot help but see in these past events, the future," said Luna Stage director of play development Cheryl Katz in a statement.
Schatz has also penned the musical Love Trapezoid and Exchanges, as well as the play The Baby Is Blue. For tickets visit LunaStage.
Luna Stage is located at 555 Valley Road in West Orange NJ.