A history professor walks on stage and begins to read "On April 14th, 1912, at 11:40 p.m. the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg". He then wonders about the bravery and compassion of the souls lost that night. Suddenly the stage comes alive with passengers and crew from that fateful voyage and that guilded age. In a series of vignettes the characters tell their own story speaking to the audience as if it were just another passenger. "I never said it was unsinkable," remarks Titanic builder Thomas Andrews, "I said it was practically unsinkable." From eyewitnesses ranging from third class passengers to the first class elite, each one tells their part of this catastrophe. These are the events as they actually happened told by the people who lived through them. Using representational sets, this show may be done with a flexible cast of 18-63.
This play can be done as the first act to "Echoes from the Titanic". If done as two act play, it is entitled "Titanic, Tragedy and Trial".