On September 11 Artie Van Why, a former actor who had joined the corporate world, watched the horrific events of the day unfold before his eyes at his office opposite the World Trade Center. Van Why left his job in the Manhattan law firm to reevaluate his life, and he has chronicled his personal experiences in a new play, That Day in September.
Featuring direction by Richard Masur, The Day in September will receive its world-premiere production at Hollywood's Celebration Theatre this month. Performances begin Sept. 21 at 8 PM, and the one-man show will run through Sunday, Oct. 20.
Portions of the show's proceeds will benefit the Mark Bingham Foundation. Bingham was one of the gay heroes on board Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11. Van Why, who is also gay, met director Masur through a mutual friend. Masur, who volunteered at Ground Zero, also directed the New York workshop production of That Day in September.
Tickets are priced at $15 for all performances and are available by calling (323) 957-1884. Celebration Theatre is located at 7051B Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood, CA.
—By Andrew Gans