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May 4th Voices

Kent State University at Tuscarawas will present their spring production, May 4th Voices at 7:30 p.m. on May 4 at the Performing Arts Center. The play features an ensemble cast comprised of students, staff and community members.

May 4th Voices is a play written by David Hassler, director of the Kent State Wick Poetry Center. On May 4, 1970, National Guardsmen occupying the Kent State University campus fired 67 shots in 13 seconds, leaving four students dead. This tragedy had a profound impact on the university and the nation and is credited as being a catalyst in changing Americans views on the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. May 4th Voices is based on the Kent State Shootings Oral History Project. Comprised of more than 110 interviews with Kent State faculty, students, administrators, National Guardsmen, police, hospital personnel and others affected by this day, May 4th Voices, weaves these stories together into a powerful narrative of that day and its aftermath.

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