Play on exonerated harbor pilot in Skyway Bridge accident

“And like a great deal of individuals all over in this article, I bear in mind the day like it was yesterday.”

-Bill DeYoung, writer of the new perform “Mayday: Captain Lerro and the Skyway Bridge”

A new enjoy explores the man associated in the Sunshine Skyway disaster.

On Could 9, 1980, Harbor Pilot John Lerro was guiding the ship MV Summit Venture underneath the Sunshine Skyway Bridge when storm winds pushed the vessel into the southern span.

A chunk of the span came down.

Automobiles fell into the h2o- a truck, five vehicles and a Greyhound bus.

30-five folks died.

It was 7:33 in the early morning.

Despite the fact that the courts would later on exonerate Lerro, engage in writer Bill DeYoung states Lerro has been vilified.

“You know, people today preferred to imagine that John was a drunk and John experienced no business becoming on the bay this morning,” explained DeYoung. “Well, he was not a drunk, as I’ve spelled out several instances. He did not consume at all. He failed to even consume espresso.”

DeYoung used years researching the occasion and wrote a non-fiction reserve on it first. In fact—parts of  the engage in attract specifically from court testimony.

Bringing the captain’s words and phrases and sorrow to life—actor Michael Horn.

“And it was seriously important to him to make guaranteed that that everyone comprehended he was sorry, even while he wasn’t actually at fault,” explained Horn.

DeYoung hopes bringing Lerro’s story to the stage will assist established the record straight.

“You know, I realized a lot about John, and I want people to understand how intricate a person he was and how wronged he was,” reported DeYoung.

It debuts June 25-26 at The [email protected] More details right here.