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Clockwise: Sarah Schecter, Azya Lyons, Adelaide Fisher, Elizabeth Shannon, Olivia Ridley, Debkanya Mitra, and Eislinn Gracen.

Teen Plays Tackling Gun Violence to Stream on Broadway Platform

Seven plays about gun violence will premiere on Broadway on Demand on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre.

NEW YORK CITY: #ENOUGH Plays to End Gun Violence, in partnership with Broadway on Demand, Playscripts, and the Dramatists Guild, has announced the selection of seven plays by teen playwrights for its short-play competition. On Dec. 14, the eight-year anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook, the winning titles will premiere on the streaming platform Broadway on Demand and be made available for free for organizations to stage readings locally.

The seven winners are Adelaide Fisher’s Ms. Martin’s Malaise, Eislinn Gracen’s Guns in Dragonland, Azya Lyons’ Togetha, Debkanya Mitra’s Malcolm, Olivia Ridley’s Ghost Gun, Sarah Schecter’s Hullabaloo, and Elizabeth Shannon’s Loaded Language.  In addition a digital premiere on Broadway on Demand, the plays will be published and licensed through Playscripts. The writers will receive guild membership and craft training through the Dramatists Guild’s Young Dramatist Initiative. The selected works were chosen by a jury including Lauren Gunderson, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Robert Schenkkan, David Henry Hwang, and Karen Zacarías, who considered 184 submissions from 23 states.

“I was incredibly impressed by the skill, inventiveness, and passion of the young playwrights who contributed works for #ENOUGH,” said Hwang in a statement. “The winning plays are entertaining, insightful, and thought-provoking. Collectively, they provide proof that the future—of our theatre and our nation—is in good hands.”

The winning plays will be available on Broadway on Demand Dec. 14-20, with readings produced by Alliance Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Orlando Repertory Theatre, and South Coast Repertory. #ENOUGH is also making the plays available for free as part of its Nationwide Reading on Dec. 14. Schools, theatres, and community organizations can stage a reading of the plays, either virtually or in-person. These readings will include post-show discussions on gun violence and calls to commit to action on gun violence specific to each community.

“We can’t talk about gun violence in America only in the aftermath of the most tragic incidents,” said Michael Cotey, producer of #ENOUGH, in a statement. “Through the Nationwide Reading and the Digital Premiere, we’re allowing every community to create the space and address the impact of gun violence now.”

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