John Flynn Lydon

I stand by the debris of the fallen towers. My ears are ringing, I am devastated. Sirens blaring, people screaming, and me, standing there hopeless. I collapsed onto the pavement coughing and coughing, I cannot breathe. Dust all over my face, in my nose, my mouth. The world around me slowly starts to fade away. I awaken in an ambulance, all wired up. I go to wipe my eyes and pull back my hand to see it stained with blood. I am one of the first responders, now being driven away by my colleagues. I was having a cup of coffee at the firehouse, on a beautiful sunny day when we got the call. All firefighters, ambulances and police stations were ordered to clear out and rush down to lower manhattan. The small tv we have in the firehouse was on and every news station was reporting that a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers. Surely it was an accident and we were racing down there to help save people trapped inside. When we pulled up at the scene, however, that's when the second plane hit. The earth stopped spinning, everyone froze, and time was moving in slow motion. A loud boom echoed across New York, and thousands of papers went up in the air, coming down like snowflakes. Instinctively, my crew and I rushed in ordering people to evacuate. Hundreds of people ran out screaming, as I sprinted up the marble stairs. The higher up I got, the harder it became to breathe. Thick black smoke floated in the air. I picked up a crying woman sitting hopeless by the staircase, she was bloody and her leg was broken. Up and down I went retrieving more and more people. I was helping a man down the stairs when I heard a crack, and the ground shake. The building was coming down. Luckily the entrance was a few feet away and I was able to escape. There was a thunderous boom from above, as I saw the first tower crumble. I braced myself and closed my eyes. I wake up in a pile of debris. The second tower had just fallen with it. I wipe off my face and crumble to the ground in tears. This is the darkest day in America. 

9/11 First Responders

John Flynn Lydon
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Survivors of the 9/11 attacks on the U.S are in danger twenty years later. Specifically first responders who went in and out of the debris of the World Trade Centers. Because they were saving peoples lives, many of them have been slammed with the so called "World trade center illness". Many of them are getting cancer and respiratory disease because of the deadly debris that was spewed out into lower Manhattan during the 9/11 attacks. Many people don't think of the health condition of the first responders today. President Trump recently signed a permanent extension of funding for victim compensation that will run through 2090 to cover surviving 9/11 first responders  for their entire lives.

9/11 Brief

John Flynn Lydon
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Our play goes back in time into some historical world events and tragedy’s that have taken place such as 9/11, The battle of the Alamo, and The Columbine shootings

My character is a firefighter on 9/11. He sits in a timeless bar with countless other story tellers. His expirence is triggered when the bartender mentions that the current date is 9/11 which takes him into his monolouge. He talks about how it was a beautiful sunny day that quickly turned dark because of the terrorist attacks. He describes the memories of rushing in an out of the twin towers, saving many lives. The monolouge is then wrapped up by him describing how the twin towers collapsed and how he lay hopeless, in a pile of debris. That takes him back to square one were the monolouge started, in the ambulance. My character (Carson) stays silently in the corner of the bar, as a regular, making comments on overheard conversations throughout the bar. Overall my character is a silent, yet remorseful one. He can tell his scarring tragedy, and listens on to other newcomers inspiring stories.

Project Board

Siena Jekel
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Hugo Fowler
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The play is a collection of characters who deliver monologues throughout the course of the show. The purpose of the show is to show how different events in history reflect the present day. These monologues represent powerful events in human history. 

My monologue is about a survivor of the battle of the Alamo. I show how an experience like that changes your perspective of the world. It also shows that when living in hard circumstances, you adapt and find a different way to feel like you are at home.

 I'm John. I survived the siege on the Alamo, in 1836. I'm a Texan, born and bred. When you have a childhood like mine, you learn to love your country. Because that's all you have. I was born at the US-Mexico border, at the turn of the century. My mother died a few months after I was born. Cholera got to her before my father could. Him? He died of hanging when I was 14. I don’t feel too bad, seeing as he was a bad father and an even worse thief. Anyways, when I was 14, I went and started to work on a ranch. Bought me a cabin, got a horse, and some decent food by 23. Then it started. In 1824, Texas was combined with Coahuila, and we formed a province. Some of us Texans were not too thrilled about that, and by 1834 we were getting excited. The USA had just offered to buy texas, and we saw a new future for ourselves. The truth got out. The offer was declined, by the president. Suddenly, President Santa Anna tried to take our home and our freedom. We fought back. I decided to join up with Mr. William Travis, and we marched on the alamo. We thought it would be an easy takeover, and it was. Then, Santa Anna decided to send 4000 soldiers against our 200. They conducted a siege, and only a few dozen survived, including me. We just had to run for our lives and hope we didn’t get spotted. Now, today, 7 years after the siege, I remain alone, telling my story to any who will listen.

Escaping Columbine

Christine Alcindor
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Christine Alcindor

“Alexander’s”: An original play that illustrates the differences and similarities between rebellions and riots throughout history. This play is a great example of how events, that are seemingly different, can easily be linked together by one central theme. Every event revolves around the bar the play takes place in. 

After receiving an alarming text about a school shorting nearby, Sara Davis, a patron of the bar, recalls the time she too was a victim of a school shooting. In her monologue, she is in the midst of a school shooting and doesn’t know if she will make it out alive. This monologue is heavily based on the infamous shooting and bomb threats at Columbine High school in Columbine, Colorado in 1999. On April 20, 1999, high school seniors, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, murdered 12 students and 1 teacher in this horrifying event. Throughout the entirety of the monologue, there is a sense of panic, fear, and hopelessness. Sara is unsure whether or not she will make it out alive. She doesn’t know if that day will be her last and she doesn’t know if she’ll ever see the people she loves again. Although this monologue is based on the Columbine shootings, it can easily be tied to the major school shootings that have come after. School shootings are sadly still very prevalent and have greatly affected society. This monologue sheds light on the issue by not harboring on facts alone, but by really focusing on the emotion behind it all.


Cleo Podrasky
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Alexander's is a performance which aims to bring to light the similarities and differences of important events that went on in the past, focusing on character's emotions and bringing those characters into the modern day.

My monologue is based on an adolescent girl named Elaine, who is contemplating whether or not to join the riots outside of the Stonewall Inn. The character's personality and her time period is conveyed through the way that the monologue is performed, and the emotional words and thoughts in the writing itself. It's fairly relevant to revisit modern issues through the perspective of this character, because it is still hard to come out of the closet, even now, and LGBTQ+ people are still discriminated against in our society.

Lost at Sea

Nicky Glassman
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Our play is a series of monologues and stories made to share important events in history. These events aren't necessarily the most famous, but they are meant to be important events. The goal of the play is to share with the audience these powerful moments and make them live these moments with the actors. We do this by having different scenes that set up the monologues.

My monologue is from the perspective of a 17-year-old man named Hung Tran. He just escaped Vietnam and is on his way to America. I explain how I am alone and scared and how the Vietnam War has changed my life forever. A goal of mine was to share how alone Hung felt even though he was on a crowded ship. My monologue still feels relevant today because of the thousands of immigrants and refugees fleeing their country in search of a new home.


Most people would say that 17 should classify you as a child, but the events I witnessed made me a man. My entire life has been about war. When I was born, it was two years into the Vietnam War. Yesterday was the fall of Saigon where I fled for my life, and right now I am stranded in the middle of the ocean with no home to go to. Right now our plan is to go to the United States, but I am frightened by the idea that I will not be accepted. My name Hung means courageous or heroic. I find it ironic because I am stranded, scared, and there is nothing I can do. This is the first day where I haven’t heard gunshots and explosions but I do not feel any safer. My father died right in front of me and my mom and I were separated at the different ships. A man said she was going to England. I wanted to go with her but instead, I am forced to go to America. I am starving and hot and tired and don’t know how much longer I can do this.


Ethan Smyke
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The intention of our play is to tell stories about remarkable events in history, both famous and less-known, from a unique or specific perspective. Our goal for the performances is to tell these stories in a clever, humorous, and powerful way. Our production accomplishes this by having relatively lighthearted and simple dialogue broken up with powerful monologues. This takes the audience on an intentional emotional roller coaster. 

My monologue is based on the events experienced by Cpl Kyle Carpenter in Afghanistan when he jumped on a grenade to save the life of a fellow marine. I write from the perspective of the person that has to call Cpl Carpenter’s parents telling them that he’s injured. In it, I tried to use shorter sentences to make it seem like the character is nervous and has a high heart rate. I also included some longer sentences that had words that no human would ever actually say without reading them to show that he is reading from a piece of paper in front of him. At the end of the call the mood changes when the character begins the call to Cpl Carpenter’s parents.