A LINE IN THE SAND
Adina Taubman's one-person docudrama, based on interviews that she conducted in Littleton, Colorado, following the massacre at Columbine High School in 1999. Adina has performed the play in many theater festivals, including The New York Fringe, The Edinburgh Fringe, The United Solo Festival, and The Midtown International Theatre Festival, where she received the award for Outstanding Solo Show in 2007. Adina has also performed the play in many high schools in the Tri-State Area. A LINE IN THE SAND is directed by Padraic Lillis (Labyrinth Theater Co). Please go to Adina's website, www.alineinthesandtheshow.com, to learn more about the show and to view the five minute promo.
A docudrama written and performed by 10 company members from Girl Be Heard, based on their experiences with gun violence in New York City in neighborhoods where it is a daily threat. This exciting company consists of young women and girls ages 12—21. Their mission is to use theater “as a vehicle to empower young women to become brave, confident, socially conscious leaders while exploring their own challenging circumstances.”
9MM AMERICA received its world premiere at the Planet Connections Festivity in June. The Huffington Post called it, “fearless, political theater.” They are currently raising money to get 9MM AMERICA into the New York City public schools and community centers. Girl Be Heard’s founder and artistic director, Ashley Marinaccio, is the recipient of the 2013 Lucille Lortel Women’s Visionary Award. To learn more about Girl Be Heard, please go to their website: www.girlbeheard.org.
24 GUN CONTROL PLAYS
13 Short Plays from the collection, 24 GUN CONTROL PLAYS, by Caridad Svich, Elaine Avila, Cecilia Copeland, Chris Weikel, Yvette Heyliger, Winter Miller, Matthew Paul Olmos, Chiori Miyagawa, Jennifer Maisel, Lynn Manning, Gary Winter, Zac Kline, and August Schulenburg.
In early May, Adina Taubman (Artistic Director, Chrysalis Theatre Company) produced a successful staged reading of the plays as part of Gun Control Theater Action Week, a national event of readings from 24 GUN CONTROL PLAYS and post show discussions, with the goal of inspiring audiences to take action to get Congress to pass sensible gun laws. The plays have received previous staged readings in 2013 at Theater J in Washington, D.C in January 26, 2013, on the same day as a march for gun control on the mall that drew 6,000 participants, and at New Dramatists in New York City in April 29, 2013. The playwrights discuss their plays in this article in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jody-christopherson/from-dc-to-nyc-to-the-wor_b_3147848.html. 24 Gun Control Plays is available on Amazon.com
NEW ONE ACTS FROM CHRYSALIS THEATRE COMPANY
A world premiere of 2 new 30 minute one act plays about gun violence and gun control written by emerging New York City playwrights: Merridith Allen and Michael Dermansky from Chrysalis Theatre Company new play development group. These playwrights have been meeting regularly for the past 6 months, working on various new plays, exploring different themes and writing styles, and supporting each other's creative process. They are very excited to have the opportunity to write a play around a common theme and share their work with a live audience. To learn more about Chrysalis Theatre Company, please visit our website at www.chrysalistheatrecompany.com
BANG BANG YOU’RE DEAD
William Mastrosimone's one-act play about a fictional school shooting that was performed in this summer’s New York Fringe Festival by high school students in the Playground Theatre Project (Actors Playground School of Theatre) in New Jersey. It was written to be a catalyst for the prevention of school violence and teen suicide in the public schools. "With intelligence and sincere resolution, the ensemble cast displays extreme energy and unparalleled commitment to a script that tackles important issues."--Dave Roberts, Theatre Reviews Limited. To learn more about the Playground Theatre Project (PTP) please visit their website: http://www.actorsplay.com/PTP/
THE SANDY HOOK THEATRE PROJECT
Conceived & Directed by Dana Greenfield. Written by various members of the Newtown, CT community. Adapted by Dana Greenfield & Kamryn Harmeling (Newtown residents). Twenty-six bells hang above the heads of four actors as they embody the town ravaged by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14th, 2012. Poetry, prose, music, and interviews written exclusively by the Newtown, CT community combine to examine this beautiful town before, during the moments of, and after the 12/14 tragedy. Their unique perspectives intersect to show the strength and resilience of a community torn apart. This is the story of a town whose hearts were broken but whose spirits were not. The SHTP is produced by Stand Up Productions: www.standupproductions.weebly.com. To view their blog go to: www.SHtheatreproject.wordpress.com