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    Michael Cotey
    Artistic Producer, ENOUGH!




    05/16/22: Young playwrights use the theater to confront the trauma of gun violence. PBS NewsHour.

    04/25/22: Young playwrights use words to seek ‘power,’ tackle gun violence on stages nationally, including at Goodman Theatre. Chicago Tribune.

    04/21/22: Teen playwrights highlight gun violence in national reading at Lincoln Center. NY1.

    04/17/22: Young playwrights confront gun violence with their art and say #Enough. NPR.

    04/13/22: Education Counts Michiana - #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence. PBS Michiana - WNIT.


    10/6/21: #ENOUGH Seeks Short Plays on Gun Violence From Teen Writers. American Theatre.


    12/23/20: Student Plays Say #ENOUGH to Gun Violence. American Theatre.

    12/15/20: Ghost Gun confronts class and race. Chicago Reader.

    12/14/20: South Bend Civic Theatre participates in reading of national play competition. WNDU News 16.

    11/30/20: #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence Nationwide Reading Premieres in Multiple Cities. Broadway World.

    11/09/20: Teen Plays Tackling Gun Violence to Stream on Broadway Platform. American Theatre Magazine.

    10/15/20: #ENOUGH Announces Seven Winning Plays Chosen by Lauren Gunderson, David Henry Hwang and More. Broadway World.

    04/01/20: David Henry Hwang, Lauren Gunderson, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and More to Judge Teen Plays Against Gun Violence. Playbill.

    04/01/20: UWM grad leads #Enough playwriting competition asking students to write about impact of gun violence. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    01/08/20: #ENOUGH: A New-Play Initiative Enlists Youth to Confront Gun Violence. American Theatre.

    Recent Press Releases


    Michael Cotey, The Joaquin Oliver Artistic Producer of ENOUGH!, | Media Kit
    Award-winning Playwrights Lauren Gunderson, David Henry Hwang, Idris Goodwin, Zora Howard, Samuel D. Hunter, Antoinette Nwandu, Octavio Solis, and Lloyd Suh to Judge the 3rd Annual Teen Playwriting Festival ENOUGH! Plays to End Gun Violence 

    New York, NY (February 1, 2023) – Nationally recognized playwrights Lauren Gunderson, Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, Drama Desk winner Samuel D. Hunter, Pulitzer Prize-finalist Zora Howard, Idris Goodwin, Antoinette Nwandu, Octavio Solis, and Lloyd Suh will select the winning plays for ENOUGH! Plays to End Gun Violence, a playwriting contest for teens.

    Teens ages 13-19 are encouraged to submit ten-minute plays for consideration now through April 20, 2023 – the 24th anniversary of the Columbine shootings. The six playwrights of the chosen plays will have an opportunity to workshop their plays and be teamed up with a dramaturg mentor to guide them through the revision process. Following the summer workshops, the winning plays will be made available to communities to be produced nationwide in a series of simultaneous readings on November 6, 2023 – exactly one year from the next presidential election. 

    The teen playwrights will receive memberships and craft training from The Dramatists Guild and a $500 stipend sponsored by Change the Ref, a gun violence prevention organization co-founded by Manuel and Patricia Oliver in honor of their son Joaquin Oliver who was murdered in the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. In addition, Playscripts, an imprint of the Broadway Licensing Group, will publish the plays. 

    Gun violence has become the leading cause of death among children and teens, surpassing car accidents and cancer. So what does the generation impacted the most by this uniquely American scourge have to say about it? Now in its third cycle, ENOUGH! aims to reveal just that. Since 2019, teen writers from 35 states have submitted 333 plays confronting gun violence to ENOUGH!. More than 100 organizations have staged readings of the chosen plays, involving nearly 2,000 artists and reaching more than 10,000 people, sparking critical conversations about gun violence in communities nationwide. Last year’s reading culminated with a flagship performance by Roundabout Theatre Company’s Youth Ensemble at Lincoln Center featured on PBS NewsHour, NPR, and the BBC. 

    “The recent mass shooting deaths of AAPI victims in California proves once again that no community in America is safe from gun violence,” said returning panelist judge David Henry Hwang, whose credits include M. Butterfly and Showtime’s The Affair. “Whatever their motivations, the shooters would have been unable to take so many lives without easy access to guns. That's why it's more important than ever to hear from young people across this nation who will speak their minds and say ENOUGH.”

    “Since its beginning, I have been the fiercest fan and advocate of ENOUGH! not only because of its unique opportunity for young playwrights but its important amplification of art as a sister to activism,” agreed Lauren Gunderson, one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015, who, like Hwang, also previously served as a panelist judge in 2020. “I’m participating again this year because I believe in the young writers it serves and supports. ENOUGH! is where you will meet the future of American Theatre.” 

    Students can submit their plays at Educators, theaters, and organizations looking to bring ENOUGH! to their community should visit for more information or contact producer Michael Cotey at Previous winning ENOUGH! scripts are available for purchase and licensing through Playscripts. Visit to learn more. 


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