Upcoming Shows

Recent Tragic Events

September 12 - October 12

CAST presents the regional premiere of Craig Wright’s “Recent Tragic Events,” a dark comedy about the day after the 9/11 attacks. Wright is best known for his work as a writer on “Six Feet Under” and “Lost.”

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It is Sept. 12, 2001, and Waverly, a young advertising executive lives in the Twin Cities. Preparing for her first blind date amidst the television coverage of the September 11th attacks, Waverly becomes preoccupied when she discovers that her twin sister, Wendy, a student at the Fashion Institute of New York, has not been heard from.

Reassuring herself that her twin had no reason to be anywhere near the Twin Towers, Waverly answers the door to find a shy and awkward Andrew, an airport bookstore manager brandishing a bottle of wine and a silly smile. If the blind date isn’t going badly enough, Andrew divulges a succession of bizarre coincidences about meeting Wendy, Waverly’s twin, at the World Trade Center only days before 9/11. The night gets even more complicated by visits from the hippie/musician neighbor Ron, his barely clothed girlfriend Nancy, and a startling appearance from Waverly’s great aunt, the famous author Joyce Carol Oates — played by a sock puppet!

INFO
Performances: Sept. 12-Oct. 12.
Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. No Sunday matinee.
Tickets are $28 adults; $22 seniors (60+) and $18 students.
NO late seating.
This show contains adult language, partial nudity, and an intelligent, very literary sock puppet.

REVIEWS
” ‘Recent Tragic Events’ leaves us a-mazed” — Lawrence Toppman of The Charlotte Observer. Click here for full review.

“… This show offered much to contemplate and laugh with… ” — Mark Pizzato of ARTS à la Mode. Click here for full review.

“Incredible good fortune collides with incredible misfortune
in Craig Wright’s ‘Recent Tragic Events’… in a provocative Metrolina premiere.”
— Perry Tannenbaum of Creative Loafing. Click here for full review.

  • Elizabeth Byland
    Waverly
    Elizabeth Byland made her CAST debut in RECENT TRAGIC EVENTS last fall. Read more...
  • Jack Utrata
    Andrew
    Jack Utrata made his professional Charlotte debut in CAST's production of "Recent Tragic Events." Read more...
  • Will Triplett
    Ron
    Will Triplett makes his return to theatre with CAST. His TV credits include "Palmetto Pointe," "Law and Order" and "Law And Order: SVU." Read more...
  • Emily Paige Ussery
    Nancy/Joyce
    Recently back from NYC, Emily Paige Ussery makes her CAST debut as Nancy/Joyce in "Recent Tragic Events." Read more...
  • Devin Clark, CAST, Carolina Actors Studio Theatre
    Stage Manager
    Devin Clark is a graduate of Wheaton College and received training with Penumbra Theatre Company. This is his third show at CAST. Read more...