Orlando Family Stage is proud to participate in the Digital Premiere of the seven winning plays of #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence, a national short play competition for middle and high school students, in-collaboration with fellow partner theatres including Alliance Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and South Coast Repertory. Starting on December 14, 2020 — the 8-year remembrance of the shootings at Sandy Hook — the winning titles will be available on the streaming platform Broadway on Demand.
A panel of nationally-recognized dramatists – Lauren Gunderson, Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan, Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, and Karen Zacarías selected the plays out of 184 submissions from twenty-three states and three countries in #ENOUGH’s call for teens to write 10-minute plays that confront the issue of gun violence.
Orlando Family Stage produced two of the winning plays, Ms. Martin’s Malaise by Adelaide Fisher and Guns in Dragonland by Eislinn Gracen for the Digital Premiere. Both are Orlando Family Stage Youth Academy students and both were invited to participate by the REP’s Education department.
The five other winners and their producing theatre partner include:
- Togetha by Azya Lyons, produced by Alliance Theatre.
- Malcolm by Debkanya Mitra, produced by Arizona Theatre Company.
- Ghost Gun by Olivia Ridley, produced by Goodman Theatre
- Hullabaloo by Sarah Schecter, produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
- Loaded Language by Elizabeth Shannon, produced by South Coast Repertory.
From Dec. 14-20, all seven plays will be viewable for free on Broadway on Demand. Each theatre will pre-record their short play and they will be presented together in a single program, bringing youth voices from four different time zones together to speak out about gun violence to a national audience.
HOW TO WATCH:
To watch The Digital Premiere, visit Broadway on Demand and create a free account.
DIRECT LINK TO THE DIGITAL PREMIERE:
HOW TO ACCESS BROADWAY ON DEMAND:
You can access BOD anywhere! On your computer or mobile device, BOD recommends Google Chrome as your web browser for optimal streaming. From your tablet or smartphone, download their free app on Apple Store and Google Play (Android), and find the BOD App on your AppleTV and Roku.
Hear some thoughts about the plays Guns in Dragonland and Ms. Martin’s Malaise from the cast members after their first read through.
View our Q& A with Danielle Veillette from Moms Demand Action.
In tandem with the Digital Premiere of the seven winning plays, all of the theatre partners have committed to creating space for community dialogue on the issue of gun violence and committing to an action item that impacts their community. Orlando REP’s action item is to complete two in-school residencies this January using Theatre for Social Change as a tool for developing more short plays addressing topics of concern to our teen’s today.
If you are interested in bringing a Theatre for Social Change Residency to your students or community group, please contact [email protected].