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Recent Tragic Events

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE Washington

Prologue Theatre continues to explore this season's question "Where do we look to find ourselves?" with Craig Wright's Recent Tragic Events. It is September 12th, 2001; the setting is the Minneapolis apartment of Waverly, a young advertising executive. Soon to venture on a blind date amidst the television news coverage of the September 11th attacks, Waverly becomes preoccupied when she discovers that her twin sister, Wendy, a student in New York, has not been heard from. Waverly reassures herself that Wendy had no reason to be at the World Trade Center. As the evening unfolds, Waverly and her blind date, Andrew, an airport bookstore manager, realize that they are connected by a succession of bizarre coincidences. As Waverly awaits word on Wendy, the date is complicated by visits from her crazed-musician neighbor, Ron, and his girlfriend, Nancy, and a startling visit from Waverly's great aunt, Joyce Carol Oates - played by a sock puppet.

Thru - Feb 16, 2020

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Box Office: 202-399-7993

  Recent Tragic Events Reviews
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BroadwayWorld - Recommended

"...Confused yet? Annoyed, even? Some critics certainly have been; but here's the thing: what makes Events a play worth producing to this day, what makes it such a powerful experience, is that was never just a play about 9-11, or about 'My. Worst. Blind. Date. Ever.' This show is about as far from sit-com romance as you can possibly get, and lacks the mawkish sentimentality that the historical moment required."
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Andrew White

DC Metro Theater Arts - Somewhat Recommended

"...Craig Wright attempts to address the existential questions of free will and predetermination in Recent Tragic Events, a play set in Minneapolis on the day after the Twin Towers fell. The results are often penetrating, occasionally funny, and sometimes a bit unsatisfying. Prologue Theatre’s production of this 2002 play is expertly done, but the fault lines in the drama itself are visible."
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Amy Kotkin

DCTheatreScene - Recommended

"...Recent Tragic Events is a prime example of how major life and world-changing events throw these questions of fate, self-determination, and regret into even sharper relief. I’ll never be able to compare Prologue Theatre’s production to the original 2003 production, when the events in question were much more recent, but I must assume that the passing of time has only given audiences even more to think about and discuss on their way home from the theater."
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John Bavoso

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