a play about the 1966 shooting at the University of Texas. Performances will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre, building D (Room D-204). There will also be a matinee performance Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m.
Fifty years ago, UT student Charles Whitman gunned down students, professors and others from the campus’ tower, killing 14 and wounding 32. LSC-Montgomery Drama Department Chair Chase Waites has adapted eyewitness accounts from Pamela Colloff’s Texas Monthly article into a play that recounts the heroism and horror of that day.
“Before Columbine, Virginia Tech, or any other mass school shooting, there was this incident at UT,” said Waites. “This shooting is a sad but important part of our nation’s history and for the 50th anniversary, UT has finally given it a deserving memorial. Our hope is this play gives life to the stories of that day and frames it in its historical context.”
Colloff’s interviews with witnesses and survivors provide the cast with emotional dialogue. The performers are made up of students from LSC-Montgomery, Sam Houston State University and members of the community. Their performances are enhanced by plain costumes and minimalistic sets.
“96 Minutes” had its world premiere at LSC-Montgomery in October 2006.
The play is rated PG and because of the subject matter (gun violence) some material may not be suitable for pre-teenagers. Expected running time is one hour and 10 minutes with no intermission. Tickets can be purchased online at lonestar.edu/ticket-info or at the box office on the day of the performance. All tickets are $5.
For more information, please contact Latoya Robinson at Latoya.Robinson@lonestar.edu or 936.273.7401
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit LoneStar.edu/Montgomery.
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