GUNS IN DRAGONLAND
sponsored by: TOM & COLETTE WALLS
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.
"Lilah, I’m very sorry that running is not the game you want to play right now, but sometimes we have to play games that we hate."
Guns in Dragonland
Eislinn Gracen is Florida-based writer. Her piece, GUNS IN DRAGONLAND, was initially workshopped & produced as a virtual staged reading as the headliner for Beth Marshall Presents’ New Works Series. She was a participant and winner in the inaugural Be Original playwriting festival in 2019, hosted by New Generation Theatricals and Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. She won the Florida Theatrical Association Award for her play, WOLF IN A CONCRETE JUNGLE, which was performed as a table read at the festival and also as a staged reading at UCF last winter. Most recently, she wrote the part of THE PARDONER in the Howler’s Theatre presented virtual reading of the Orlando Fringe Festival’s THE CANTERBURY TALES PROJECT.
When did you start writing? What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?
How did you come to write your #ENOUGH play? Given that there are many dimensions to the issue of gun violence, what aspect did you focus on and why?
What other issues or subjects do you care deeply about that you wish you saw on stage more? Why is this issue important for you?
If you could write a play or story that represented the future you want to be a part of, what would it look like?
What are some of your favorite plays?
What will your next play be about?
Get to Know Eislinn
This play is surprising and extraordinary in its approach to depicting a school shooting.
DAVID HENRY HWANG
Playwright & #ENOUGH panelist
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