Year One | A triumph in a chaotic year.
No one could have anticipate the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet despite its impact on all aspects of everyday life, ENOUGH! received 184 ten-minute plays from teen writers nationwide in its first-ever Call for Submissions in the spring of 2020.
With the guidance of world-renowned playwrights, ENOUGH! selected seven plays that confronted gun violence through the lenses of race, police brutality, community violence, school shootings, and the roots of gun violence in American mythology.
As it became clear that a return to the theatre would not be possible in time for ENOUGH!'s Nationwide Reading due to the pandemic, readings across the country pivoted to online platforms. The plays were co-produced in a ground-breaking digital collaboration among six major regional theatres for the streaming platform Broadway on Demand and by 50 communities in 25 states and on 3 continents through readings staged simultaneously on December 14, the eighth anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
In total: over 1,100 artists participated and the readings reached an audience of over 6,000 in perhaps the largest theatrical event of the year.
ABOVE: Communities involved in the #ENOUGH Nationwide Reading
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# CONTINENTS WHERE READINGS OCCURRED
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#OF READINGS STAGED ON dec 14
# of play SUBMISSIONS
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EST. total nationwide reading audience
While there were numerous amazing stories to come out of ENOUGH!'s first year, we thought we'd spotlight three that are special to us. Click the image below to read more.
In our first ever Call for Submissions ENOUGH! received 184 plays from 23 states and 3 continents. Submissions were vetted by over 50 theatre professionals and educators who narrowed the field down to 20 finalists for our selection committee.
From L-R: Adelaide Fisher (Ms. Martin's Malaise), Eislinn Gracen (Guns in Dragonland), Azya Lyons (Togetha), Debkanya Mitra (Malcolm), Olivia Ridley (Ghost Gun), Sarah Schecter (Hullabaloo), and Elizabeth Shannon (Loaded Language).
50 communities across 24 states and 3 continents participated in the first ever Nationwide Reading.
Nearly all of the readings were done digitally due to COVID. While not what we had intended, digital readings had their benefits: larger audiences, ability to cast actors regardless of distance, and giving us many examples of how creative our partners were with producing the ENOUGH! plays. Check out their work in the gallery below!