The Tallest Building in the World

With equal measure of ego and genius, a young New York engineer sets out to build the world's tallest building - an easy task, as long as he can get his architect, the owner of the Empire State Building, and the Laws of Physics to cooperate. Based on actual events, The Tallest Building in the World examines the 1960s birth of the World Trade Center towers and what is gained and what is lost when we try to reach the sky.
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The Tallest Building in the World

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  • David Hansen:
    3 Apr. 2018
    Schatz tells an expansive story with great economy, utilizing a small number of interesting characters who debate and kvetch with wit and passion to build a dream for the future. The tragedy as they see it is the predetermined ephemera of architecture. As the playwright points out, "architecture might be the only art form where the art is destroyed as a means of progress." We are sadly aware of the flaws in the logic of their design, and how the techniques employed to make the thing possible are also elements which will contribute to its eventual destruction. Highly recommended.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Florida Studio Theatre
    ,
    2012
  • Workshop
    ,
    Ensemble Studio Theatre
    ,
    2008
  • Reading
    ,
    Ensemble Studio Theatre
    ,
    2007
  • Commission
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    Ensemble Studio Theater/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
    ,
    2006
  • Reading
    ,
    Carnegie Mellon University
    ,
    2006

Production History

  • Professional
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    Luna Stage
    ,
    2011