Portraits previously had a 2002 run at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Fairfield County, CT. The work, directed by Mark Pinter, is a series of seven personal tales, some inspired by real people and their responses to the 2001 terrorist attacks. The cast features Victor Slezak (Roses in December), Dana Reeve, Roberta Maxwell, Anjali Bhimani (Metamorphoses), Matte Osian, Christopher Coucill and Darrie Lawrence.
The play offers five monologues and a duologue, introduced by an artist character who presents the people as pictures in a gallery, with references to Picasso's "Guernica" painting. Bell culled stories from the internet or from newspapers and used them as starting points for his monologues. Among the portrait subjects:
Ruth, the mother of a man who survived; and Nancy, the wife of a man who did not, because he was helping others get out. Nancy is resentful. The piece was originally titled 9/11 Portraits.
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