Theatre will commemorate nightclub fire
The Ocean State Theatre Company has announced the staged reading of “They Walk Among Us.” The event will be presented at its new theatre in Warwick on Sunday, March 10, at 7 p.m.
In commemoration of the 10- year anniversary of The Station nightclub fire that occurred on Feb. 20, 2003, the company will present a staged reading of Nicholas O’Neill’s one-act play. It was written a year before the fire that took his life. Nicky, as his family affectionately refers to him, was the youngest victim of the fire. The play, which was discovered about two weeks after the fire, is an inspiring story about young people who die and return as guardian angels.
Believed to have been written for an annual playwriting competition, he never submitted the play and it never made it to the stage before his passing.
The Station nightclub fire, which claimed 100 lives, was the fourth worst nightclub fire in U.S. history. The fire was caused by pyrotechnics, which were set off by the tour manager of the evening’s headlining band, Great White. The fast-moving fire engulfed the club in less than six minutes.
Tickets are $20 with partial proceeds being donated to The Station Fire Memorial Foundation. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, by calling 921-6800, or by visiting OceanStateTheatre.org.