Mosaic Theater Company will participate in the nationwide reading of #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence, seven winning short plays in a nationwide competition for middle and high school students. On December 14, 2020 — the eight-year remembrance of the shootings at Sandy Hook — the winning works will be livestreamed by Mosaic as well as by 49 other theaters and schools across the country and abroad.
Update: Mosaic Theater’s #ENOUGH readings from December 14, 2020, are now available on Vimeo:
A panel of nationally recognized dramatists — Lauren Gunderson, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Robert Schenkkan, David Henry Hwang, and Karen Zacarías — selected the plays out of 184 submissions from 23 states and three countries in #ENOUGH’s call for teens to write 10-minute plays that confront the issue of gun violence. The plays, all written by high school students, tackle gun violence through different lenses, from the threat of and anxiety over school shootings, police shooting, community violence, and race to gun culture in American history.
Mosaic Theater Company is eager to promote this vital, international conversation and the youth voices behind it. Partnering with a company of early-career artists from five different states and policy experts from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Mosaic will continue to create a platform for new perspectives guided by expertise and evidence-based solutions. Through the #ENOUGH project, Mosaic recommits itself to the mission of building non-geographically bound fusion communities by producing socially relevant art by creators on the front lines of a lived experience.
More details on all seven winning playwrights, including bios and headshots, and their plays, can be found here. Following the 7:30 pm livestream December 14 on Mosaic’s Facebook page, the company will host a post-show discussion on gun violence specific to DC communities with Lisa Geller, a policy analyst from The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
#ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence is a theater 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 theater 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.