Growing up and 9/11

This post is written by Jason Wang, devisor and company member with Docbloc’s upcoming performance “20 Years Later.”

I’ve been working on “20 Years Later” for more than two years now. Every time I come back into this work, I realize that the person I am and the things I care about have changed. In many ways, 20YL” is this evolving time capsule of how I’ve come into my own voice, especially when faced against this big, intimidating conglomerate of things that is 9/11. What am I supposed to think about this? This thing that happened when I was 0 years old that changed everything? This thing that is the intersection of safety, immigration, incarceration, mental health etc, but was never truly broken down for what it is, and never fully passed on to my generation. Working on 20YL is like confronting this big, echoey empty space, where we confront the questions we’ve always had since our first 9/11. What are we supposed to say about this? What are we supposed to think about this? The answer: “Never forget”, but what does that even mean? 

I feel held by my cast who feels so so similarly lost, as well as the cast of 10YL before us. Anything 9/11 related has always been like walking on eggshells, and I feel relieved to be building this piece with castmates who are down to delve into difficult questions, make some mistakes, but always hold each other in all our humanities. 

That being said, I hope to tell a story that is messy: reflective of what we’ve done, and what 9/11 really is. I hope to tell a story of my own growth through this process, the questions I’ve been asking, as well as the issues that I’ve been forced to reckon with as I come into my voice and identity. Above all, I look forward to our truths resonating with others like us, as well as bridging the generational gap when it comes to feeling and thinking about 9/11. 

Jason Wang headshot.

About Jason Wang: I am a Chinese-American playwright, actor, activist, and student. My work (and play) is an active investigation of the methods, power-structures, and ideals embedded in my communities that waste our time, drain our resources, and make us believe that our freedom is not connected. If you love something, you want it to be better. I work from a place of interrogation in generating bold questions and experimental solutions that embrace change and cultivate solidarity. Hit me up at @Flybippo on IG to cause trouble!

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