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    Michael Cotey
    Artistic Producer, ENOUGH!

    Recent Articles


    10/23/21: How to be an Artivist Part 4. Radio GAG.

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

    09/29/21: Third Rail Participates In #ENOUGH: Plays To End Gun Violence Year 2. Broadwayworld.

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

    12/20/20: Before Ghost Gun: “Lockdown Procedure” by Olivia Ridley. The Pioneer.

    12/16/20: Theatre Review: '#Enough-Plays to End Gun Violence' by 1st Stage MD Theatre Guide.

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

    12/15/20: Arizona Theatre Company Part of National '#ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence' Project. Fronteras.


    12/14/20: Local actors take part in national short play readings on anniversary of Sandy Hook shootings.

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

    12/14/20: FTHS Presents: "#ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence." Patriot Press.

    12/14/20: Student-written plays about gun violence mark 8th anniversary of Sandy Hook school shooting. News12 the Bronx.


    12/11/20: Mildred's Umbrella Joining Theaters around the Country in Nationwide Reading. Houstonia.

    12/11/20: Tysons' 1st Stage Calls for End to Gun Violence with Virtual Play Readings. Tysons Reporter.


    12/10/20: West Virginians taking part in gun violence drama project. The Fayette Tribune.

    12/10/20: Hall Acting Students Participate in Nationwide Reading of #ENOUGH.

    12/09/20: #Gun violence is a reason for TAP director to present '#ENOUGH' play readings. Green Bay Press Gazette.

    12/09/20: #ENOUGH Presents Nationwide Reading of Youth Plays to Confront Gun Violence. Creative Generation.

    12/09/20: 1st Stage Produces One-Night-Only Staged Reading of #Enough: Plays to End Gun Violence Written by Nationwide Teens. Tysons Today.

    12/08/20: 1st Stage Presents Staged Reading of #ENOUGH: PLAYS TO END GUN VIOLENCE. Broadway World.

    12/07/20: The WINNING PLAYS of #ENOUGH: PLAYS TO END GUN VIOLENCE. 3Views on Theater.

    12/03/20: 1st Stage joins nationwide reading of plays against gun violence Dec. 14. DC Metro.

    12/02/20: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: ‘#ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence’ project includes Door County theater. We Are Green Bay.

    12/02/20: #Enough: Plays to End Gun Violence’ by Berkeley Rep and national partners. San Francisco Chronicle.

    12/02/20: KDT, SMU students to join virtual reading of #ENOUGH. Dallas Voice.

    12/02/20: Eislinn Gracen wins national playwright contest. Orange Observer.

    12/02/20: Meadows Division of Theatre and Dallas's Kitchen Dog Theater Partner on "#ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence." SMU News and Events.

    12/01/20: South Bend Civic Theatre Selected For National Play Reading To Address Gun Violence. Broadway World.

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

    11/27/20: Door County actors, directors take part with TAP in play readings on gun violence. Green Bay Press-Gazette.

    11/25/20: Arizona Students Playing Key Roles In #ENOUGH: Plays To End Gun Violence. Broadway World.

    11/17/20: TAP to Stream '#ENOUGH' on Dec. 14. Door County Pulse.

    11/12/20: Berkeley Repertory Theatre Joins #Enough Plays to End Gun Violence. Broadway World.

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

    10/17/20: NEWS: #ENOUGH Announces Seven Winning Plays. The Dramatist Blog.

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

    08/21/20: Orlando theaters look at gun violence, race relations. Orlando Sentinel.

    08/18/20: Dramatists Guild names Emmanuel Wilson Managing Director. American Theatre.

    08/17/20: Local teen playwright winner in young playwright competition. The Frederick News-Post.

    08/14/20: Orlando Rep Young Playwrights Place as Top National Finalists in #ENOUGH: PLAYS TO END GUN VIOLENCE Contest. Broadway World.

    06/09/20: #ENOUGH presents The Inciting Incident: Playwriting in a Moment of Change - Panel Discussion: With Idris Goodwin, Lauren Gunderson, David Henry Hwang, Robert Schenkkan, and Karen Zacarías. HowlRound.

    04/01/20: Lauren Gunderson, David Henry Hwang & More to Select Winners of #ENOUGH: PLAYS TO END GUN VIOLENCE Contest. 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.

    02/22/20: Theatre project addressing gun violence to be hosted by Utah Shakespeare Festival. St. George News.

    01/09/20: Time to Say #ENOUGH. Footlights.

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

    Recent Press Releases

    Contact: Michael Cotey, Artistic Producer  

    #ENOUGH Announces Eight Winning Plays By Emerging Teen Writers About Ending Gun Violence To Premiere In Ambitious Nationwide Reading

    #ENOUGH, in partnership with Lincoln Center and Roundabout Youth Ensemble, will present the plays as the cornerstone of a nationwide, multi-city reading on the date of the Columbine High School Shooting.


    Plays selected by Manuel Oliver, activist and father of Parkland shooting victim Joaquin Oliver, and  playwrights Lydia R. Diamond, Naomi Iizuka, Rajiv Joseph, Mary Kathryn Nagle, and Don Zolidis.

    NEW YORK - JANUARY 12, 2022 - #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence today proudly announced its selection of eight eye-opening, provocative and vital plays as the winners of its national short play competition:  McKennzie Boyd’s Southside Summer, Arianna Brumfield’s Allegiance, Willa Colleary’s Rehearsal, Anya Jiménez’s It’s Okay, Taylor Lafayette’s Salted Lemonade, Tain Leonard-Peck’s In My Sights, Cameron Thiesing’s Undo, Redo, and Wyn Alyse Thomas’ Write Their Wrongs

    Premiering in New York at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium in partnership with the Roundabout Youth Ensemble on April 20, 2022 -- the 23-year remembrance of the Columbine High School shooting -- the plays will also be presented in a ground-breaking series of simultaneously staged readings in multiple cities nationwide on the same evening. Each winning playwright also receives a $500 stipend sponsored by Change the Ref, has their play published and licensed through Playscripts, and receives a Guild membership and craft training through the Dramatists Guild's Young Dramatist Initiative. 

    #ENOUGH invited middle and high school students across the country to submit plays confronting the issue of gun violence. Now in its second year, #ENOUGH received 149 submissions from 27 states. This year’s plays were selected by nationally recognized dramatists Lydia R. Diamond, Naomi Iizuka, Rajiv Joseph, Mary Kathryn Nagle, and Don Zolidis, and activist Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin Oliver was murdered in the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. 

    "The creativity and boldness found within these plays is inspiring,” said panelist Manuel Oliver, co-founder of Change the Ref, the nonprofit created in memory of his son. “And it’s also undebatable proof that there's an emerging generation ready to be the most powerful force against America's gun violence."

    “The playwrights who shared their plays with #ENOUGH are storytellers whose words make us sit up and take notice,” added panelist Naomi Iizuka, head of the graduate MFA Playwriting program at the University of California, San Diego and author of acclaimed plays such as Polaroid Stories and Anon(ymous). “When I read these winning plays, I was struck by the talent, the honesty, and the originality of these young writers. I look forward to hearing their voices in the months and years to come.”

    The voices of these eight playwrights will reverberate across the country on April 20 in #ENOUGH’s Nationwide Reading with multiple cities staging simultaneous readings. Among the growing list of organizations participating include major regional theatres Alliance Theatre, Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and Orlando Repertory Theatre. #ENOUGH is inviting theatres, schools and community organizations of all sizes to join the Nationwide Reading. It’s free to participate and plays can be presented in-person or virtually. The goal is to have a reading in all 50 states.

    “More than 1,100 artists in 50 communities were involved in our first Nationwide Reading that reached 6,000 people,” says Michael Cotey, #ENOUGH Artistic Producer. “This year we are on track to be in even more communities and I am honored to bring the powerful voices and insights of this year’s young playwrights to them. The need to address gun violence feels more urgent than ever and the stories we tell now can impact the future we want to be a part of.”

    More details on the winning playwrights and their plays can be found at Information on how communities can join in the Nationwide Reading can be found at

    Images are available for download here.

    About #ENOUGH: Founded in 2019, #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence calls on teens to confront gun violence by creating new works of theatre that will spark critical conversations and inspire meaningful action in communities across the country. Our mission is to promote playwriting as a tool for self-expression and social change, harnessing this generation's spirit of activism and providing a platform for America's playwrights of tomorrow to discover and develop their voices today.

    #ENOUGH gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Change the Ref, The Dramatists Guild of America, Playscripts and Broadway Licensing, and Team ENOUGH.

    For more information on #ENOUGH please visit  Connect with #ENOUGH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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