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    IN MY SIGHTS

     TAIN LEONARD-PECK 

    SYNOPSIS

    Told from the gun’s perspective, IN MY SIGHTS follows the “life” of a gun, from its creation and adoption by a loving couple, to its theft and use in a shooting, exploring how even well-intentioned gun owners can find their weapons embroiled in violent crime.

     
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    "So. I think you're all curious. About MY point of view. How the gun feels, not just the person pulling the trigger."

     

    Tain Leonard-Peck 

    In My Sights

    Playwright's Bio

    Tain Leonard-Peck (he/him) writes plays, poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction, and is completing his first novel. He is from West Tisbury, MA. He is an actor, monologist, and model. He paints and composes music, and is a competitive sailor, skier, and fencer. He is involved in community organizing, promoting access to literature, furthering sustainable energy use, and providing animal therapy. He is a judge for several literary journals and writing competitions, and is listed in Poets & Writers Directory. He won the first place Poetry Fellowship to the MVICW, and won Honorable Mention for the Creators of Literary Justice Award, by IHRAF. Several of his plays have been published/produced, and his play, GUEST OF HONOR, was a finalist for the LGBTQ+ Fresh Fruit Festival. His work has been published in literary journals, including the 2020 Anthology of Youth Writing on Human Rights & Social Justice, Another Chicago Journal, and others. He appeared in "Night Of Too Many Cages," a livestream for Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP). He has cave-dwelled, shark-dived, and not been defenestrated by a temperamental donkey named William Shakespeare. He thinks the world is a place of wonders. He is frequently bitten by geese.

    TAIN

    When did you start writing? What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?


    I’ve been writing for almost all of my life. According to my mother, I started reading at eighteen months, and the first words I figured out were “Star Wars.” I read hieroglyphically, treating each word as a symbol, until I got the hang of the alphabet. After that, I started out by making tiny little books out of folded pieces of paper. I found myself more and more engrossed by reading and writing every year. As for influences, it’s hard for me to say; growing up I didn’t really pick out what I read so much as just read whatever I found. I spent a lot of time living outside the US, so whenever I found a new book in English at some second-hand bookstore, I would snatch it up! I think it’s fair to say I take influence from the styles of the modern thriller and suspense genres, as well as sci-fi and fantasy.




    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?


    I wanted to meaningfully contribute to the national dialogue regarding gun violence, and resolved to make my voice heard by submitting my #ENOUGH play. I chose to focus on a neglected aspect of the gun violence issue, how the acts of well-meaning people who build and purchase legal guns can lead to unexpected and lethal consequences.




    If you could write a play or story that represented the future you want to be a part of, what would it look like?


    I think I would represent a realistic, albeit still idealistic, future. I don’t think it’s constructive to dwell on fantasies of how the world could be in the future, when we can strive to achieve actual equity and fairness in the world we live in now. The story would have darkness and atrocity, but it would show that goodness in the world is steadily growing, while bigotry and malice are diminishing and becoming a thing of the past.




    What are some of your favorite plays?


    I enjoy Shakespeare’s works, particularly the Tempest, especially as it’s been posited that the island of Martha’s Vineyard was the inspiration for the setting. I also enjoy the work of Anton Chekhov, Arthur Miller, and Mikhail Bulgakov. Weirdly enough, The Mousetrap is a particular favorite of mine.




    What will your next play be about?


    I’ve been thinking about writing a play utilizing an experimental set. What interests me right now is the idea of portraying and reinterpreting non-Western myths, like stories from the Hindu Vedas or the Slavic tale of Koschei, and writing them to be performed in and around water. I’m even considering taking some aesthetic cues from Jaws, which was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard!




    What do you want to see done about gun violence right now?


    I think it’s a very tense, difficult question. Firearms have proliferated throughout American society and America’s economy, making it hard to limit access to them, even with substantial police and legislative intervention. I think a good start would be to expand background checks performed before the purchase of firearms, and to encourage a cultural paradigm shift away from the romanticization of guns.





    Get to Know Tain

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    Amazing. The reality behind gun violence, explained first hand. Great Job! Bravo. I love this play.

    MANUEL OLIVER
    Activist & #ENOUGH panelist

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