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Monday, May 11, 2020

#ENOUGH: PLAYS TO END GUN VIOLENCE

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Deadline: June 20, 2020 11:59 PM

Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to submit ten-minute plays confronting the issue of gun violence for consideration, now through June 20, 2020. The winning plays will be made available for free to communities across the country that are participating in an evening of simultaneously staged readings on December 14, 2020, which is the eighth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings.

As of March, over 40 reading locations in 19 states have been confirmed at middle and high schools, as well as at partnering theatre companies, including renowned regional theatres, Alliance Theatre, Atlantic Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and South Coast Repertory. The goal is to have 418 readings on December 14, matching the number of mass shootings that the United States endured in 2019, an all-time high for the country according to the Gun Violence Archive.

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt everyday life, participation in #ENOUGH remains strong. To adjust to the challenges that a pandemic poses, the deadline for submissions was pushed back by two months, from April 20 to June 20. Over 80 plays have already been submitted, with more on the way as both participating teachers and theatres continue to utilize #ENOUGH to engage with their young writers remotely. Even in the ensuing weeks of the current health crisis, new teachers and theatres continue to sign up to participate.

Students can submit their plays at https://www.enoughplays.com/submit. Educators, theatres, and other organizations looking to partner with #ENOUGH, should visit www.enoughplays.com for more information.

Please contact producer Michael Cotey with any questions at enoughplays@gmail.com.

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