A Day Of Remembrance At The Playhouse

The “with their eyes” cast, made up of high school students. Photo: Des Moines Community Playhouse

To mark the 20-year anniversary of 9/11, Des Moines Community Playhouse will present “with their eyes: September 11: The View from a High School at Ground Zero,” a play written by students who witnessed the tragedy. High school students make up the cast.

The show starts on the morning of Sept. 11, and the Stuyvesant High School semester is just beginning blocks from the World Trade Center. Within a few hours, students “would share an experience that would transform their lives—and the lives of all Americans,” organizers say. There are two showtimes, one at 8:46 a.m.—the exact time the first plane hit the north tower 20 years ago—and another at 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a video available online after both shows.

Cabaret (Sept. 10-26)
Des Moines Community Playhouse will also kick off its two-week run of “Cabaret” on Friday. Set in Berlin in the years leading up to World War II, the musical focuses on the fictional Kit Kat Klub, where Cliff, a repressed American writer looking for his next novel, finds Sally Bowles, a sparkling and unpredictable cabaret performer. But the reality of war quickly starts to close in.

Tickets range from $29 to $53. The first showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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