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    WRITE THEIR WRONGS

    WYN ALYSE THOMAS

    SYNOPSIS

    After surviving a shooting in their high school, four writers get together to try to write a piece that will inspire change in the nation's gun legislation.

     
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    "That doesn’t matter anymore. What matters is what we do next."

     

    Wyn Alyse Thomas

    Write Their Wrongs

    Playwright's Bio

    Wyn Alyse Thomas (she/her), a writer, actor, director, and producer from Buffalo Grove, IL, is ecstatic that her play WRITE THEIR WRONGS is a part of #ENOUGH! Her play SCARED (Winner of the IHRAF Young Playwrights Festival, 2nd Place Nuevas Voces Festival) was honored as a finalist for #ENOUGH last year, and she is serving on the project’s teen advisory council this year. Her other playwriting credits include HOW TO WRITE A MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL, (performed at AESHS, Semifinalist: the Blank's 28th Annual Young Playwrights Festival in Los Angeles), BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER, (1st Place Drama: UWW Creative Writing Festival), NAOMI AND RUTH: A NEW MUSICAL, (Semifinalist, The Growing Stage’s YPF), and MORE THAN 21 (performed at AESHS, Finalist: the Light Youth Festival). This fall, she produced AESHS's 24 Hour Theatre Project benefiting world and local hunger, and played Squidward in THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL. This spring, she will be playing Kristine in A CHORUS LINE. Wyn is currently a senior at Adlai E. Stevenson High School where she is President of Scripts Studio Playwriting Club, Captain of the Failed Presidential Candidates Improv Troupe, and an International Honors Thespian. She plans to study theatre and dramatic writing in college.

    WYN

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


    I began writing stories when I was in first or second grade, and once I was introduced to Hamilton in seventh grade, I started writing musicals and plays.




    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 saw a show about gun violence with some friends, and we ended up discussing and what we would have done differently if we had been the ones writing it. I had been trying to write a play for #ENOUGH, and I started to let our conversations inspire my own play, with students like my friends and I having their own conversation about writing.




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


    Marginalized voices would be heard in government and art as people come together to solve world problems.




    What are some of your favorite plays?


    John Proctor is the Villain, What the Constitution Means to Me, the Compass, the Amish Project, Puffs




    What will your next play be about?


    I'm writing shows about air pollution, sexual harassment, committing to college, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, and a family of burglars... but the pieces I think will come next never seem to! When I get a burst of passion to work on a specific project, I do it.




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


    Universal background checks and banning of assault weapons!





    Get to Know Wyn

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    The question of whether the shooter should be forgiven is a very important, dramatic question that propels this play forward. The plays does a wonderful job of showing how individuals process this trauma differently and how everyone's experience is different. 

    MARY KATHRYN NAGLE
    Playwright & #ENOUGH panelist

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