On January 28, 1986 the Challenger Space Shuttle broke apart 73 seconds after launch. Its seven crew members died in a spectacular explosion witnessed on live television by the whole world. Up until that moment, the US space program had captured the hearts and imaginations of all Americans. After the Challenger disaster, many wondered if space exploration was even something people should attempt. Using facts, original and secondary sources, fusing student writing, improvisation, dance and drama, an ensemble of students at CWU will devise a wholly new piece of theatre exploring the Challenger disaster, its causes and its aftermath.
February 28, March 1 -2 and 7-9, 2013 at 7 PM
March 10 at 2 PM
February 25, 2013
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- On January 28, 1986, the Challenger space shuttle broke apart just 73 seconds after launch.Its seven-member crew died in a shocking explosion witnessed on live television around the world. Up until that moment, the United States space program had captured the hearts and imaginations of all Americans. After the Challenger disaster, many wondered if space exploration should continue to be pursued.
Using facts, original and secondary sources, student writing, improvisation, and drama, Central Washington University’s Central Theatre Ensemble (CTE) has created Challenger, a new theatre piece exploring the Challenger disaster, its causes, and the aftermath. This play is best suited for mature audiences.Challenger will be performed on February 28, March 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9, at 7:30 p.m., and on March 10 at 2:00 p.m. in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre.
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