ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Twenty years ago our state experienced its worst man-made disaster, and even though two decades have passed the Exxon Valdez oil spill is still fresh for many.
Cyrano's Theatre Co. commissioned a play to help Alaskans understand why the spill happened and how we can move past it. "The Big One" takes a human perspective, one that may surprise many Alaskans who were here during that time.
"The play gives me a deeper sense of empathy for how everybody screwed up," said Riki Ott. Ott fished Prince William Sound back then.
The water in Captain Cook's inlet never suffered a drop of Hazelwood's blunder.
"Everyone carries their own emotional charge from this," said Ott.
But 100 miles away and two decades removed, Anchorage is host to healing.
"And it is like yesterday for everybody and I've realized it's this post-traumatic stress disorder that's stored with no time tag. So, like, it's there, and if anything scratches the surface up it comes like it was yesterday," said Ott.