Into the Wind
The Fate of the General Slocum
Until September 11, 2001, the fire aboard the steamship General Slocum was the worst disaster in the history of the city of New York. On June 15, 1904, more than 1300 women and children (and a few men financially able to take a day off) gathered in the morning to board ship and enjoy a church picnic on North Brother Island.
“Into the Wind” is a factual account told through the eyes of fictional characters. Meg Pomeroy is a young reporter assigned to do a “puff” piece on the annual family outing of the local Lutheran church. What unfolds before the sun has set exposes all aspects of human behavior when challenged with survival.
“Into the Wind” is a full length play performed without intermission.