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    NATIONWIDE READING

    Updated 6/21/2020

    General

    Are you a non-profit? Do you accept DONATIONS?

    #ENOUGH is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of #ENOUGH must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The link to donations is https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/enough-plays-to-end-gun-violence/general_support.

    Is #ENOUGH the official project of any specific gun safety / anti-gun violence organization?

    We are not. While we look forward to participating with organizations seeking to end gun violence, #ENOUGH is an independent project.

    Does my school or organization need to submit plays in order to participate in the reading? & Do we need to participate in the reading to submit plays?

    While we'd love for you to participate in both, you don't have to.

    Are you looking for PARTNERSHIPS with other organizations?

    Yes! Head over to this page to get in touch.

    Hey, wait a second, who are you guys again?

    Hello stranger! Head over here to meet us.

     

    Call for Submissions

    What are the rules for submission? Full rules for submission can be found here.

    When will you begin accepting submissions? When is the DUE DATE? Play submissions will be accepted from January 1, 2020 to JUNE 20, 2020.

    How do I Submit Plays? Submissions are accepted online. [SUBMISSION WINDOW NOW CLOSED]

    What are the basic GUIDELINES? 

    Plays must address the topic of gun violence.*

    Completed scripts must be no longer than 10 minutes when read aloud.

    Scripts may have up to, but no more than six (6) characters. [SPEAKING ROLES]

    Plays must be the original work of a single author. Collaborative works or adaptations won’t be considered, nor will plays that include music, lyrics, or dialogue written by any-one other than the submitting author.
     
    Writer may submit more than one play for consideration. Any submission must be previously unpublished.
     
    Writer must be in 6-12 grade as of JUNE 20, 2020.

    * A note on depictions of violence: Addressing gun violence is different than depicting that act of violence. We won't tell students what to write and what not to write. We just encourage inventive, thoughtful, and powerful submissions, and challenge all writers to write those plays avoiding literal depictions of gun violence. 

    How will the finalists be chosen?  Once the Call for Submission period has ended, a group of theatre professionals will read all of the plays submitted and name a group of 20 semi-finalists. Those 20 plays will be read by the Finalist Selection Committee, a group of award-winning and nationally recognized playwrightsThey will then select the finalist plays to be read in #ENOUGH Nationwide Reading and give personal feedback to the young authors of those plays.

    How many finalists will there be?  There will be 6-10 finalists. The reason there is a range is that we are collecting these plays into an evening of theatre that is meant to be 60-70 minutes in length, and we don't know what kinds of plays we'll get (or their length) until later in the year.

    What do the finalists get? All finalists will:

     

    Receive $500.

     

    Get written feedback by a member of the Finalist Selection Committee. 

    Have their play read all across the country for the #ENOUGH Nationwide Reading on December 14, 2020.

    Have their play published in an anthology of #ENOUGH plays.

     

    What's the Getting Started Toolkit? The Getting Started Toolkit is a 40 page resource for student writers and their educators including writing prompts, road maps for the writing processes, and sources of facts on gun violence in the US. You can download it here.

    Still have a question? Email us and we'll be happy to help answer it!

    Nationwide Reading

     

     

    When is the reading? The #ENOUGH Nationwide Reading will be held on December 14, 2020 - the 8th anniversary of Sandy Hook.

     

    Who can produce a reading? Middle and high schools. Theatre companies. Community organizations. Faith-based groups. Pretty much everybody!

    Does cost anything to produce in the reading ? We will never charge you a penny. The finalist plays and Facilitation / Discussion Guide  will be made available to you for free.

    Can we charge admission? You may. But if we might make a suggestion... Beyond covering any production costs for putting on the readings, we highly recommend that you consider raising money - either through an accessibly priced ticket or donations at the door - towards the fight to end gun violence. We suggest channeling those donations to national, regional or local nonprofits focused on ending gun violence in your community.  

    What time should I plan my reading? The short answer is: whatever time make it possible for your to participate in doing a reading on 12/14/20. 

     

    The longer answer is that this project takes inspiration from Tectonic Theatre’s The Laramie Project Ten Years Later Project when all of their 150+ nationwide readings started at the same time across the country. So if the reading was at 8pm EST, it was 7pm CST, etc. This is something we may try to do as well. However, one of our partner theatres wants to do the reading during the school day at a local school, and we think that's a pretty awesome idea as well. If during the school day works better for you, great! At a later point we'll be checking in with all reading hosts to get the details about their readings.


    When will the exact format of the Nationwide Reading be determined? How long do you imagine it being? Since obviously the plays have yet to be written (that’s your job!!!) the exact format of the evening is still in development. In general the evening will be structured into two halves: the reading itself and the community dialogue to follow. Until we can get more specific, we tentatively ask that you plan for a 2 hour event, with the reading component running between 60-70min and the community dialogue portion to last anywhere between 30-45 minutes.

    Who is participating in the readings so far? That list is growing! We'll be adding readings as they are confirmed to the map on the Reading page.

    Say we have students that wrote some outstanding plays for #ENOUGH but none were chosen as finalists.  Can we read our students work at the Nationwide Reading? Yes you should! We’ve decided it’s just as important for you to reading local submissions as it is for you to read the finalists plays. In fact, they maybe be EXACTLY the voice your community needs to hear. 

    What if we can’t produce a reading at our school? We’re sorry to hear that! While you might be bummed, maybe this is an opportunity in disguise. The #ENOUGH Nationwide Readings don’t have to happen in a theater. Where else in your community might welcome a reading? Is there a group in your community - like a public library or faith-based organization - that you could partner with and use a space? While a  theater is a great space for gathering, it’s just one of many spaces in your community where you can gather and have conversation. 

    Can we partner with a theatre company and do the reading there? YES! That sounds amazing. Contact us if you'd want help identifying a theatre to partner with.

    We were thinking about hosting an event like a blood drive or voter driver or something like that around the event. Can we do that? Well, that sounds pretty awesome to us. Yes! Our hope is that these events incite positive action in your community. We say go for it!!

    So, we’ve got a great visual artist who wants to collaborate and create a year-long - Holy cow, are you kidding me!? That’s amazing! YES YES YES!

    OK, now I feel like you are saying yes to everything.  Pretty much. Yes. :)

    Hmmmm...Then how about THIS - what if we - You don’t need our permission! As long as it’s dealing somehow with the issue of gun violence in your community and its student driven, we are thrilled with whatever awesome ideas you cook up! Every community is different, and everyone has different resources and needs. Think of #ENOUGH as a bit of a ‘choose your own adventure’. Outside of the unifying components of the reading and the community dialogue that follows, we want you to use this opportunity to come together and address YOUR community’s specific needs when it comes to gun violence. Be bold. Be brave. Kick ass.

    One last question, what's a staged reading? Good question! They can be very simple. The usual format goes something like this: actors sit on stage with their script. When it's their turn to speak, actors read from their scripts on a music stand. Staging is very minimal to nonexistent. Technical requirements are usually pretty low and are sometimes as simple as "lights up, lights down." Usually a staged reading involves a few rehearsals. You're free to approach your reading as simple or complex as you'd like. If you want further tips on staged readings, go here.  

     

     

    Still have a question? Email us and we'll be happy to help answer it!

     
     

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