Stop Gun Violence NOW Theater Festival Set for 12/12-15

By: Nov. 14, 2013
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With the goal of creating discussion and inspiring action, next month in New York City from December 12-15 at The Workshop Theater (312 West 36th Street, 4th FL), the Stop Gun Violence NOW Theater Festival will honor of the one-year anniversary of the Newtown massacre and its 26 victims with four days of powerful theater centered around the themes of gun violence and gun control. All of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the following local gun control organizations that are proudly sponsoring the festival: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Newtown Action Alliance, Organizing for Action and Harlem Mothers SAVE.

Presented by Adina Taubman and Chrysalis Theatre Company, over the four days the festival will offer a range of inspiring and thought-provoking plays, docu-theater, one-acts & panel discussions, challenging audiences to view gun violence from different perspectives. The works being featured include:

A Line in the Sand, Adina Taubman's one-person docudrama, based on interviews that she conducted in Littleton, Colorado in 1999 following the massacre at Columbine High School; 9MM America, a docudrama written and performed by 10 young women and girls ages 12-21, based on their experiences with gun violence in New York City neighborhoods where it is a daily threat; Bang Bang Your Dead, William Mastrosimone's one-act play about a fictional school shooting performed by high school students in the Playground Theatre Project (Actors Playground School of Theatre) in New Jersey; 13 short plays from the collection, 24 Gun Control Plays by some of America's best emerging playwrights and several new one acts written by members of Chrysalis Theatre Company; and The Sandy Hook Theatre Project which showcases poetry, prose, music, and interviews written exclusively by the Newtown, CT community who examine this beautiful town before, during the moments of, and after the 12/14 tragedy.

And the panel discussions will include How to Prevent Gun Violence in New York City and other Urban Areas; How to Create Theater for Social Change, How to Take Legislative and Political Action, How Parents and Kids Can Talk to Each Other about Gun Violence, and How Survivors, Families, and Communities Recover From Gun Violence and Move Forward. There will also be a special tribute event to the 26 victims of the Newtown massacre and their families on Saturday, December 14th at 8:30pm.

The Stop Gun Violence NOW Theater Festival will run from December 12-15 at The Workshop Theater (312 West 36th Street, 4th FL) with multiple performances and panels every afternoon and evening. Tickets, priced at $18 can be purchased online at where you can also view the full performance schedule, or by calling 1-866-811-4111 (OvationTix).