Teacher to present show so people don’t forget 9/11


Jason Nettle, theater director at Ponte Vedra High School, will perform his one-man show, “9/11: We Will Forget” at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in the school auditorium. Nettle plays 18 New Yorkers dealing with the events and aftermath of that horrific day, which took the innocent lives of almost 3,000 people.

“I wrote the show to educate millions of people who weren’t alive when it happened or knew very little about it,” he said. “This show is obviously very personal, though it is not designed to be sad. It is educational, inspirational and eye-opening to the thoughts and behaviors of those in the city affected by the attack. Almost everyone I spoke with or read about swore they wouldn't forget. I set out to help people — all of us — keep that promise. If this show only does that, then we have accomplished our goal, but I think it will do more than that. I think, through the eyes of the 18 characters I portray, the audience gets reminded of the entire perspective of what happened.”

Nettle lived in New York City at the time of the attacks. He spent six months researching and four months writing “9/11: We Will Forget” and performed it for the first time on 9/11’s 10th anniversary. The show was named “Best of the Fest” by the Orlando Sentinel at the 2012 Orlando Fringe Festival.

This show has been called a must-see for anyone who wants to commemorate that fateful day — and for those who were too young to understand it when it happened. In today’s world, Nettle thinks it is essential that people come together and not forget that day in history.

Admission to the show is a suggested donation of $10 at the door. Money raised at this performance will benefit The Dramatic Arts Boosters at Ponte Vedra High School.