May 4th Voices
Kent State, 1970; A Play
Publication Year: 2013
The text of David Hassler’s play is based on the Kent State Shootings Oral History Project, begun in 1990 by Sandra Halem and housed in Kent State University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and Archives. The collection is comprised of over 110 interviews, with first-person narratives and personal reactions to the events of May 4, 1970, from the viewpoints of members of the Kent community; Kent State faculty, students, alumni, staff, and administrators who were on campus that day; and National Guardsmen, police, hospital personnel, and others whose lives were affected by their experience. Weaving these voices and stories together anonymously, Hassler’s play tells the human story of May 4th and its aftermath, capturing the sense of trauma, confusion, and fear felt by all people regardless of where they stood that day.
Directed by Katherine Burke, May 4th Voices premiered on May 2, 2010, on the Kent State University campus. It offered the Kent community an opportunity to take ownership of its own tragic story and engage in a creative, healing dialogue. Now, with the publication of the play and its accompanying teacher’s guide and DVD, May 4th Voices brings to a national audience the emotional truth of this tragedy, connecting it to the larger issues of war, conflict, and trauma. A powerful work of testimony, May 4th Voices offers a new and unique contribution to the literature of the protest movement and the Vietnam era.
Published by: The Kent State University Press
Title Page, Copyright
“A small encampment of listeners bending to the hard lessons” is the way a student discussion of Vietnam is described in David Hassler’s May 4th Voices. This is not a play in the conventional sense, but bursts of live feelings ...
The idea for May 4th Voices grew out of many conversations and was developed through the creative and collaborative involvement of many people. The play was originally written and performed as part of a larger, multifaceted ...
On May 4, 1970, four students were killed and nine injured on the campus of Kent State University by the Ohio National Guard during a Vietnam War protest. Nearly forty years later, I began work on a play, based on the ...
May 4th Voices was first performed at Kent State University on May 2, 2010, directed by Katherine Burke, for the 40th annual May 4th Commemoration. The original cast was comprised of Maj Ragain as narrator and ...
Scenes and Characters
Scene One: The Lottery
Scene Two: Something Drastic
Scene Three: The Whole Town is Burning
Scene Four: The Rally
Scene Five: A Veil is Rent
Scene Six: Intensive Care
Scene Seven: Reactionary
Scene Eight: Getting in the Way of Bullets
Scene Nine: Vigil
Page Count: 36
Publication Year: 2013
OCLC Number: 859686921
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