Remembering 9/11

imgres I found this article in which I was interviewed 12 years ago for Backstage Magazine.  I can't believe it's still posted, but it brought back memories.  A lot of this is still true for me.  What do you think?  Leave your comments below.

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Life Must Continue

I was on my way to an audition for "Saturday Night Fever." It was such a beautiful morning. I got out of the subway at Union Square and?boom?the second plane hit. I had never seen anything like it: hundreds of people standing there, staring, crying, and trying to help each other figure out what was happening. I proceeded to the audition and, completely distracted, completely not nervous, I did the audition. People left due to concern, but I didn't know when I would get to do the audition again, so I stayed.

When I left and walked back to where I was when the buildings were on fire, they were gone. I didn't know what to do. I thought it was a weird dream, and I walked home to 104th in complete shock: crying, unable to talk to my family in Texas, and scared.

The next day we had rehearsal for the show I'm doing in Philadelphia. It was a very difficult day; I felt like my career was so trivial. What am I doing singing "The Saga of Jenny" while my brothers and sisters are down the street picking up their co-workers' and family members' body parts?

Life must continue. We must be strong. This is a test for us, for our country, for strength. I don't know what I can do to assist, but what my soul is doing is giving these people, alive and dead, all the love that I can. I am with those volunteers. I am with those firemen. I am worried about them; I cry for them; I love them.

I cannot volunteer my time because I am in rehearsal. I cannot give a lot of money because I am poor. I cannot give blood because I am gay. I do not know what else to give but my heart.

Tonight, I went back to the spot in Union Square where I saw those buildings explode, and the energy in that park gave me a new light. No matter what religion, belief, or level of sanity, love unites, pain unites, and humanity will survive united. I must continue my art. I must continue my life, because this is the way I survive my childhood, and performing will be the only way that I will survive this.

I love New York. God Bless America.

Bret Shuford


New York City

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