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Justin Cash
16 years ago

Thanks Jennifer. I’ll have to check out The Katrina Project. Didn’t know it existed! I’m glad people are writing works on significant events such as this.

Most of the scenes in my Hurricane Katrina ensemble structure are 100% factual. I felt like a researcher for a few weeks preparing the task. A little bit of innocent fiction is weaved in here and there, but in total, about 95% real events.

I wrote a similar structure last year for my 2007 senior Drama class on the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. It ended up being such a success (most importantly, in that the students enjoyed all aspects of the task – from the heavily prescriptive scenes, to the seriousness of the subject matter), that I was inspired to write a similar task this year, and will do so in the future. You can read about the Chernobyl performance task on this blog, if you like. Just type in ‘chernobyl’ into the search box on the right side of the blog.

16 years ago

Have you read The Katrina Project: Hell and Highwater by by Michael Marks and Mackenzie Westmoreland? You should check it out at –really nice play. It follows some of the same structure you have come up with here. I think it’s wonderful that you are exploring the topic with your students on the other side of the world. Where did the ideas for each scene come from?