In 1958, the fire which roared through the school, Our Lady Of The Angels, in Chicago made national and international headlines. Front pages of newspapers in Canada, Germany, and elsewhere discussed this horrific event which took the lives of ninety-two grade school children and three nuns. The Pope even sent his heart felt condolences to the parish, families, and students. This event caused there to be a change in the laws for fire codes safety. To this day, the cause of the fire has never been determined. As of my writing this post, the fire department in Chicago as well as the police consider this an unsolved case. There was a sixty-one year old man who was suspected, but cleared. There was a ten year old boy who confessed to starting the blaze in the basement of the school, but he later recanted his confession and there was not enough evidence to enter his statement into evidence.
The same building which saw me make my stage play debut as well as that which witness another of my plays showcased as part of a new play festival will now witness the world premiere production of When Angels Wept, a story based on the events of the tragic fire of 1958. I am looking forward to this piece as the playwright has poured over the public records and other material which I am sure includes the various reports, articles, and documentaries which have been published over the decades on this subject. I am especially looking forward to seeing my friend, the beautiful, talented, and amazing Amanda Marcheschi in this production. You too can see what promises to be a very intriguing story while watching the lovely Amanda work her magic on stage.
Performances begin tonight in Chicago at the Prop THTR at 3502 N. Elston Avenue. The show runs until April 7. For more information and to buy your tickets, please visit the following link.