Performance of Cato: A Tragedy by Joseph Addison

September 12, 2011


Performance of Cato: A Tragedy by Joseph Addison, a set on Flickr.

In the weeks, months, and years following the events of September 11, 2001, archaeologists and physical anthropologists excavated the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. Penn Museum’s special display features 15 poignant objects recovered at the site of Ground Zero, including eyeglasses, a computer keyboard, glass from the Twin Towers, and visitor badges. Visitors can observe a Twin Towers memorial sculpture and image projections from the day of the attacks. A focal point of the display is a wall where visitors can share memories of September 11. The display invites guests to remember where they were that morning as they view the display of recovered fragments from Ground Zero. The display was organized in conjunction with The National September 11 Memorial Museum.

Performance of Cato: A Tragedy by Joseph Addison Featuring Actor Reg E. Cathey

Cato: 9/11 is an innovative project featuring dramatic readings of scenes from Joseph Addison’s Cato as a catalyst for town hall-style discussions about the lasting impact of the attacks on September 11, 2001 upon U.S. citizens, communities, and the nation at large. First published and performed in 1713, this once wildly popular play, much-beloved by the U.S. Founding Fathers, follows the Roman Senator Cato in his final days, recounting his last stand against the tyranny of Julius Caesar. This interactive event was intended to promote constructive, respectful dialogue within diverse communities about the triumphs and tribulations of American nationalism, exceptionalism, and interventionism. Presented by Outside the Wire, LLC, Bryan Doerries, Artistic Director and Phyllis Kaufman, Producing Director.

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