“They Came From Away,” a one-man play written and performed by Trevor McKinven, will be staged for one-night-only Friday, July 10, at 7 p.m. the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. On tour from Montreal, McKinven said he selected Unity College Center for the Performing Arts specifically for its characteristics as a small, rural venue.

“He wants this play to reach the people he thinks will enjoy it most, those who are just off the beaten track,” Unity College Center for the Performing Arts Director Wendi Richards said, describing the venue as “a place where a one-man show is an especially uncommon and special event.”

“They Came from Away” has gotten strong reviews recognizing McKinven’s ability to transport audiences into the shoes of those who experienced a traumatic event from unique and diverse perspectives. The main character, a Newfoundlander named Johnny “Fever” McDermott, introduces three “come–from-awayers” who were among 6,500 plane passengers stranded in Gander, Newfoundland, during the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

The characters include an Italian, a Southern Belle named Sherry and a New York firefighter from the Bronx, each of them in a bit of shock regarding the events, the geography and the culture of Newfoundland. McKinven’s performance is comedic and poignant, as he switches from Newfoundlander to strong-accented Italian to Southern belle, exhibiting how the human race can pull together to comfort and support — and feed Jell-O and lasagna — to those stranded and in need.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, at the door or ordered online at uccpa.unity.edu.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.