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Bystander 9/11  by Meron Langsner

ISBN #1-60513-083-4
JAC #2010-00

The Cast
  • NARRATOR: Male, Mid-20s to early 30s; It is possible to cast the narrator as female, so long as appropriate gender references are adjusted accordingly (Him/Her, “Hey Buddy” becomes “Hey Sweetie,” etc.)
  • 1st NEW YORKER*: Female Chorus

  • 2nd NEW YORKER*: Male Chorus

*The New Yorker characters switch functions constantly, sometimes taking the roles of various people the narrator encounters, sometimes acting as a Greek chorus. 

It is possible to expand the cast by dividing and distributing parts among additional performers.


A documentary drama drawn from the experiences of New Yorkers during the September 11th attacks and their immediate aftermath. The story begins in the subways underneath the towers and continues in a changed world.


The Setting

The collective memory.


Meron LangsnerAbout this Playwright

MERON LANGSNER was one of three writers in the country selected for the pilot year of the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright Residencies, fulfilling his residency at the New Repertory Theater in Boston, Massachusetts. His plays have been performed around the country and overseas and developed at venues that include the Lark New Play Development Center in NYC, New Rep, Playwrights Commons (Artist Residency at the Freedom Arts Retreat & invited participant in Playwrights Playground), the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festval, the Comparative Drama Conference, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska (where he had the honor of returning as a featured artist).  Other Publishers of his dramatic work include Smith & Kraus, Applause Theatre Books, the Northwest Playwrights Alliance, YouthPLAYS.com, and Lamia Ink.  Meron's plays have won awards and grants from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and numerous other arts & theater organizations.  His scholarly work on theatre and performance has been published by McFarland, Oxford University Press, Puppetry International, The Fight Master, and other imprints. His humor has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and his poetry has been published by bear creek haiku.  Also a professional fight director and movement specialist, Meron has composed violence for well over 100 productions and films in venues ranging from LORT theatres to professional conservatories.  He received his MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis University, and holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and a PhD in Drama from Tufts University, where he received the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He believes himself to be the first doctoral candidate in Drama to have literally defended his dissertation with a katana.  More at www.MeronLangsner.com.


Bystander 9/11

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