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Five Years After Paradise

Five Years After Paradise
An artistic commemoration of the events of September 11, 2001.

August 9, 2006 - In honor of the 5 year anniversary of 9-11, Quad C Theatre proudly presents two events. On Friday September 8 we will present AND CROWN THY GOOD, by Mark Oristano. This solo performance is about one man's search for 9-11 answers. Proceeds benefit 9-11 charities and the Theatre Partners Fund.

Nearly five years after the attack, the events of September 11, 2001 still touch every American life. Like many others, Mark Oristano wanted to find a deeper meaning in the horror of the attack on the World Trade Center, which occurred only a few blocks from the hospital where he was born.

A trip to Ground Zero in October, 2001 set in motion a series of events which led him to uncover the story of the life, and the death, of firefighter Paul Gill, one of the 343 FDNY heroes who perished on 9/11. After taking a photograph of Paul's missing person flyer, one among thousands in lower Manhattan, a chance meeting a day later with a friend of Paul's who was flying home from New York, and Paul's memorial service, proved the starting point for this moving, spiritual exploration of September 11th and its aftermath.

AND CROWN THY GOOD is the story of one man's search for meaning in the rubble of Ground Zero, and the answers he found in the life of a man he never met.

Created and produced in partnership with acclaimed director René Moreno, AND CROWN THY GOOD contains dozens of Oristano's photographs of Ground Zero along with family photographs of FF Paul Gill -- telling one of the most fascinating, true stories to emerge from September 11th.

One Night Only! September 8 at 8:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre at Collin College - 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $10 for Students/Seniors/Collin Employees. Limited seating available! Purchase your tickets TODAY! Call 972 881-5809 for tickets and information. Or visit

Our second event will be a screening of the film WTC View, written and directed by Brian Sloan, WTC View stars Michael Urie, a former Collin Theatre student and co-star of the new ABC sitcom UGLY BETTY.

WTC View is a highly emotional film about a young gay man who needs a new roommate to share his apartment with a World Trade Center view. Set in the weeks after September 11, 2001, Eric's life, like all of the area's residents, was changed forever and he bravely tries to continue with on his prior course. Eric decides he wants to stay in his apartment and he interviews potential roommates learning their 9/11 stories and he slowly reveals his own story. The stories get more and more intense as this powerful and very personal story unfolds. Mr. Urie may attend this screening. If he is able to attend, he will engage in a Q/A session immediately following the film. All audience members are encouraged to stay for the talkback.

One Night Only! September 9 at 7:30 PM in the John Anthony Theatre at Collin College - 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano. Tickets are $10 General Admission and $5 for Students/Senior Citizens/Collin Employees. Call 972 881-5809 for tickets and information. Or visit

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