December 14-20, 2020
Streaming FREE on Broadway on Demand
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Metro Theater Company are proud to present #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence. This selection of staged readings is the culmination of a yearlong theatre initiative that encourages teens to confront gun violence by creating new works of theatre. A panel of nationally recognized dramatists including 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 23 states and three countries.
Watch the pre-show from The Rep
A pre-show discussion, hosted by Metro Theater Company and The Rep, will provide context for the plays to be performed and highlight some of St. Louis’ vital service organizations and mental health professionals, including CureViolence St. Louis (a program of Employment Connection), the Institute for Public Health at Washington University and the St. Louis Public School System.
MS. MARTIN'S MALAISE
by Adelaide Fisher
Ms. Martin is an ordinary high school teacher, trying to deal with the everyday stress and worrying ‘what-ifs’ of 21st century teaching. But when her worst fears come true, and she is forced to make a difficult decision and an even more difficult confrontation, what will she do? And how will she move forward from it?
GUNS IN DRAGONLAND
by Eislinn Gracen
During a recess like any other, Lilah Gordon and her best friend/imaginary dragon, Toucan, set off on a special adventure to help Lilah earn dragon wings of her own. But things go awry when a mysterious noise from her nearby school compels the duo to embark on the biggest quest they have ever encountered.
by Azya Lyons
Imani, Aiyanna, Chayenne, and Aaliyah have just graduated high school and are celebrating at a party in their honor until their evening of entertainment takes a tragic turn.
by Debkanya Mitra
Four individuals tell the story of Malcolm, a Black folk musician whose quest through the Eastern Seaboard to find himself was violently interrupted, painting an evocative picture of the connection shared among strangers through a single life.
by Olivia Ridley
Propelled by the urgency of his own decay and desperate to be heard, BLACK BOY delivers his “villain’s monologue” - a parting speech typically delivered to a hero before their death - to his audience held at gunpoint.
by Sarah Schecter
In this re-imagining of Buffalo Bill’s storytelling and P.T. Barnum’s grandeur, a ringleader explores the fusion of American myth and gun culture through four acts of an incredible spectacle - and a show gone terribly wrong.
by Elizabeth Shannon
When a rumor about a school shooter begins to circulate, Kiersa and her friends must decide what they should do to protect their classmates before it is too late.
- About #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence: #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence is a theatre activism campaign launched by Michael Cotey in 2019. #ENOUGH strives to spark critical conversations and incite meaningful action in communities across the country on the issue of gun violence through the creation of new works of theatre by teens. # ENOUGH's mission is to promote playwriting as a tool of self-expression and social change, harnessing this generation's spirit of activism and providing a platform for America's playwrights of tomorrow to discover and develop their voices today. enoughplays.com
- For Educators: #ENOUGH is making this collection of 10-minute plays available for free to any theatre, school, college or community organization to produce a reading on December 14. Educators can visit the #ENOUGH website to find a wealth of resources on involving their students in the 2020 readings, as well as creating and submitting plays for next year’s festival.
- More details on the young playwrights, including bios and headshots, can be found here.