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Play set in WTC elevator on 9/11 to get second run in Tucson

(L-R): Original cast members David Updegraff, Bob Kovitz, Kathleen Cannon, Babe McGuire, Scott Berg and Robyn Austin in “Elevator”

“Elevator,” a play about six people trapped inside a World Trade Center elevator on Sept. 11, 2001,  debuted in Tucson at the Pima Community College Proscenium Theater, Sept. 1-4.

Based on facts about the elevator system in the twin towers, the play begins a few minutes before the first plane hits the first tower. As the characters’ situation disintegrates, the play examines “the American spirit and inherent hope and compassion that reside in all of us,” says playwright and director Patrick Carson.

Characters include a Muslim woman married to a Jewish man who works in the World Trade Center, a brash and bigoted executive, a Swedish maintenance worker and a British dilettante.

“Elevator” will be brought back for a three-week run, Oct. 7 through Oct. 23, at the Arid Rose Theatre, 127 S. 4th Ave.

Positive word-of-mouth and critical acclaim led to the new run, says Carson.

The cast of the new production will be Robert Ulsrud as Bartholomew Kerstin, Tonya Shank as Tina Adena, Joanne Anderson as Edie Collins, Scott Berg as Sidney Collier, Robyn Austin as Erina Eman and David Updegraff as Jeffrey Cage.

The play will be shown at 7:30 p.m. each Saturday during the run and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets are $19. For reservations, call 520-887-6239 or  520-477-PLAY or visit or Military, student, senior citizen and group discounts are available.