On Sept. 11, 2001, playwright Israel Horovitz and his family were frighteningly close to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.
One of those family members, Oliver Horovitz, was a 15-year-old student at Stuyvesant High School, just across the highway from the twin towers. For three hours, his parents didn’t know if he was alive.
Three weeks later, Israel Horovitz wrote and e-mailed a text titled “Three Weeks After Paradise’’ to people he’d been working with around the globe. It described what it was like living in Manhattan during that time.
Within days, theaters around the world presented Horovitz’s text onstage as a monoplay. A few months later, Horovitz made an award-winning film of the text, which was shown about two dozen times on the Bravo Network, as well as on television networks around the world.
Now, Horovitz has created “Ten Years After Paradise,’’ discussing the effects the events of Sept. 11, 2001, have on the world today.
Gloucester Stage, which Horovitz founded in 1979 and served as artistic director for 28 years, presents “Three Weeks After Paradise’’ next Sunday on the 10th anniversary of the attack. The event begins with the award-winning film introduced by Horovitz, followed by his reading of “Ten Years After Paradise’’ live on stage. There also will be a post-show discussion.
The evening begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $20. For reservations, call 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.org.
ROCKING THE CLASSICS: Millions of people have logged on to YouTube to watch classical musician Greg Pattillo playing flute while simultaneously beat boxing.
Patillo and the other two members of Project Trio perform a free public concert Friday at the Ipswich High School Performing Arts Center.
Pattillo, bass player Peter Seymour, and cellist Eric Stephenson all have played with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, but are far from stuffy classical musicians. They are known, rather, for rocking out.
Ian Ding, principal percussionist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, said, “I can’t think of another ‘classical’ ensemble with so many infectious grooves and such a brilliant sense of fun.’’
“This is just an amazing opportunity for the students - and in the evening, for the general public,’’ said Gerald Dolan, fine arts coordinator and director of bands for the Ipswich public schools. “These musicians are phenomenal. Everyone will enjoy them.’’
The trio is holding master classes for students during the day and presenting a concert for the public in the evening.
Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations of any amount will be accepted at the door. The concert is sponsored by the Ipswich Music, Art and Drama Association and local businesses.
AUTHOR’S CORNER: Brendan DuBois speaks about his new book, “Deadly Cove, a Lewis Cole Mystery,’’ at Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport at 7 p.m. Thursday. In the book, Lewis Cole, a journalist and former government research analyst, is covering a protest at a nuclear power plant on the New Hampshire seacoast when gunfire injures his journalist friend and kills a charismatic activist. . . . William S. Shields of Middleton signs copies of his memoir, “The Farewell Christmas,’’ from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Custom Cup Coffee in Danvers and from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at Book Ends in Winchester. Shields shares the story of his last Christmas with his older brother, Jackie, a Navy fighter pilot, when he was 10 years old. It relives a time of sledding, snowball fights, and family feasts, until they say their final goodbye.
IN LOCAL GALLERIES: New England Arts Group, which has members from Everett, Revere, Arlington, Stoneham, Melrose, and Wilmington, presents the exhibit “New England Reflections’’ at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Medford, Friday through Sept. 17. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Participating artists are Frank Baratta, Ryssette Berrios, Victoria Cassassa, Paul Ferragamo, Agnes Foye, Steve Greco, Peggy Kenny, Lelio Nicholas, and Larry Terri. . . . The Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport presents a painting demonstration by Maris Platais from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday as part of its Artist in Session series. Platais was born in Latvia and has lived in New England since 1949. A nationally known marine and landscape artist, he’s a graduate of Tufts University and The Museum School of Fine Arts.
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