APRIL 20, 2022
We invite middle and high schools, colleges, theatres, and other organizations to produce staged readings of the next batch of winning #ENOUGH plays in their community for FREE. The next Nationwide Reading will be held on April 20, 2022, the 23-year remembrance of the shootings at Columbine.
Our goal: to spark critical conversations about gun violence and inspire meaningful action nationwide.
It's time for ALL communities to have conversations about gun violence and for our this generation to lead them.
THE DATE OF THE READING IS
THE 23-YEAR MARK OF COLUMBINE
WE MADE THE WINNING PLAYS AVAILABLE FOR
TO ANY SCHOOL, THEATRE, OR COMMUNITY ORG. THAT WANTS TO HOST A READING
In addition to staging a reading of the plays, producing organizations are encouraged to deepen their conversation with their community through these two components:
Invite your key local stakeholders - advocates and activists, artists, your mayor, city council members, alderman, your state representatives, educational leadership - to participate in a frank conversation with your audience about how gun violence impacts your community.
Action items can take many forms. It may be as simple as using the reading to raise money for a local gun violence prevention group. It could be writing letters to your state or local leaders. You could also identify an action item in partnership with a local advocacy group.
Even though the pandemic kept folx from meeting in person, below is a snapshot of some of the conversations that took place around the Nationwide Reading. In addition, producing organizations wrote letters to their local state representatives, distributed advocacy material, made Soul Boxes, and signed our letter to the Biden-Harris administration.
CONFIRMED amount raised for VARIOUS gun violence prevention organizations W/ 2020 READING
Have a question we don't address below? Please email us and we'll be happy to help!
Do I have to perform all the plays #ENOUGH selects?
The plays that are chosen by our Selection Committee are chosen in part because they are in conversation with one another. Our goal is to present 6-8 stories that look at gun violence through multiple lenses because beyond always being tragic, gun violence does not impact any two communities the same; whether the community is defined geographically, ethnicity, religious views, economics, or sexual orientation/identity.
What's the timeline for Nationwide Reading Producers (NPRs)?
Here is a rough outline for Nationwide Reading Producers (NPRs) from the time the #ENOUGH winners are announced to the Nationwide Reading (subject to change):
How do we sign-up? Is there a deadline to sign-up?
Who can produce a reading?
Middle schools. High schools. Theatre companies of all sizes. Community organizations. Faith-based groups. We're open and excited for you to bring #ENOUGH to your community!
Does it cost anything to be a part of the Nationwide Reading?
Here's the beauty of #ENOUGH: We will never charge you a penny! We will will license the play to you, supply social media and marketing assets, and provide you with a Facilitation and Discussion Guide for free.
What is the length of the event?
While we'll know more once the plays are chosen, we suggest planning for a 80-90 minute evening of theatre - which would be seven 10-minute plays with time to transition between pieces. For a post show discussion, the length is up to you. We imagine 30-45 minutes is ideal if you are immediately following your performance.
Can we charge admission?
Can our reading be virtual/digital (i.e. Zoom)?
Though we expect we can return to in-person readings for our next Nationwide Reading, there is a lot of value and merit to doing a virtual reading (i.e. cost, accessibility, ability to reach a wider audience). So, yes! We will be open to this as an option in 2022.
What resources will you provide?
In addition to the PDF of the scripts and any revisions, will provide a Facilitation and Discussion Guide to accompany the reading, as well as a Google Folder that will contain social media images, a format for a press release, and templates for digital posters / flyers.
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.
If we have local writers who wrote for #ENOUGH but didn’t win, can we include their play as part of our reading?
Yes! 100%! ALSO, let our plays inspire creative responses from your community. Whether it’s by a local visual artist, musician, dancer, or spoken word poet: let the art that we’re sharing inspire homegrown art that speaks directly to your community. Amplify your community’s part in the #ENOUGH conversation by posting these contributions to social media and tag us. We want to see what you make!
If we have an idea for our community engagement pieces (the community dialogue or the action item) do we need to get them approved by #ENOUGH?
While we want to know what you are doing so that we can share among other reading hosts, 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 component of the reading itself, 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.
Anything else we should consider?
At the heart of this project is providing a platform for youth voices and the more young people can be at the center of planning and carrying out your reading and any connected events, the better. Consider the reading as an opportunity for the talented young people you serve to step up as leaders with your guidance. Give them ownership of the event.
Can we partner with another organization (theatre, school, etc.) to produce a reading?
What does casting typically look like?
This will be clearer when we have the plays selected, obviously. In 2020, a few of the characters were adults, most of them were young people. None of the plays had more than 6 characters. Producers were able to cast actors in multiple plays but we strongly encouraged them to cast the younger characters age-appropriately.
How do we schedule a reading without knowing the plays?
First of all, it is a leap of faith. You are taking a chance on these young writers, that's true. And we will get the plays in your hands as soon as is possible.
Explore previous #ENOUGH winning plays and the teen playwrights who wrote them. Now available for licensing through Playscripts.
September 1 - November 1 2021
We're calling on writers in grades 6-12 to write short plays confronting the issue of gun violence.