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Play Descriptions and Casting Breakdown

We share these play descriptions and cast lists to create an understanding of the content and maturity this work will require.

Southside Summer by McKennzie Boyd

A young mother, her son and her daughter share their experience of living on the southside of Chicago, where guns don’t discriminate based on how young or old you are but it’s the color of your skin that can change which way the gun faces.

Play contains:

  • Content related to how black lives are affected by gun violence
  • Gun shot sound effects
  • Actors portraying being shot

2 black females / 2 black male

EVA: (F) Sister of Emmanuel and daughter of Joy and Terell. When she speaks it’s painful due to the trauma she’s faced but she also understands that this story is important. Begins soft spoken but gains her courage.

EMMANUEL: (M) Emmanuel is the younger brother to Eva and son of Joy and Terell. He is playful and very childlike. His childlike behavior makes him a little oblivious leading up to his epiphany. He can be found playing with his hands, seeming distracted at times.

MOM/JOY: (F) Mother to Eva and Emmanuel. She is hardworking and never ceases to frown as she holds in her tears. Outside of her flashback she looks off distantly rather than at the target and speaks slowly.

TERELL: (M) Father to Eva and Emmanuel. Though his appearance is brief, understand that Terell is attentive and aware. He is caring and only ever wanted to protect his family before that was taken from him.


Allegiance by Arianna Brumfield​

Growing up in a community where opportunities are scarce, Nehemiah feels burdened with the responsibility of rebuilding his fractured family. When tragedy rips a hole in his world, he must decide whether to fulfill that responsibility or seek revenge, and which life he was destined to live. 

Play contains:

  • Content related to how black lives are affected by gun violence
  • Depiction of gang violence
  • Depiction of police violence
  • Gunshot sound effects

1 black female / 3 black males / 1 any gender or race

OLDER NEHEMIAH: (M)

LEONTVIOUS: (M)

TOMEKA: (F)

YOUNGER NEHEMIAH: (M)

POLICEMAN/ ANDRE / GOONS / BROADCASTER VOICE: (Any)


Rehearsal by Willa Colleary

Four students at an elite private school and their cult-of-personality history teacher must recount how and why they began the weekly ritual of obsessively performing an archetypal school shooting.

Play contains: 

  • Content related to school shooter drills

1 Latina female / 1 Latino male / 1 white female / 1 black male / 2 white males

GABRIEL: (M) 17 years old, Latino, and male.

LOURDES: (F) 17 years old, Latina, and female.

MURPHY: (F) 35-45 years old, white, and female.

PRINCE: (M) 17 years old, Black, and male.

QUESTIONER: (Any) Preferably a male adult.

WILLEM: (M) 18 years old, white, and male.


It’s Okay by Anya Jiménez

In an unknown dreamscape, seemingly without time, a grieving mother grapples with her reality following the mass shooting at her daughter’s elementary school.

Play contains:

  • Content about mourning a loss due to a school shooting

1 female any race / 1 any gender or race

MOTHER: (F) Middle-aged woman of any race.

VOICE: (Any) Young-spirited omnipresent voice.


Salted Lemonade by Taylor Lafayette

Worrying over your 18 year old son’s well being can sometimes feel like a full time job for Lisa, a widowed mother who lost her husband to gun violence. But when Jamal doesn’t text her, it may be that the day she’s feared ever since her husband died has finally arrived.

Play contains:

  • Content related to breaking and entering
  • Witnessing the instant loss of a loved one
  • Gunshot sound effects

2 black females / 1 black male

JAMAL JENNINGS: (M) Freshly 18-year-old African American boy, “sometimes referred to as “JJ”; he is greatly loved by his community and family and is an only child

JACKIE HERR: (F) African American woman around her early to mid-40’s; she is the aunt of Jamal and sister of Lisa; she is often the comical relief of the family

LISA JENNINGS: (F) Widowed 39-year-old African American woman; she is the mother to Jamal and younger sister to Jackie; she is a hospitable southern woman with a determined mindset


In My Sights by Tain Leonard-Peck​

Told from the gun’s perspective, IN MY SIGHTS follows the ‘life’ of a gun, from its creation and adoption by a loving couple, to its theft and use in a shooting, exploring how even well-intentioned gun owners can find their weapons embroiled in violent crime.

Play contains:

  • Content about guns as neutral and their users as responsible
  • Actors portraying being shot

2 female any race / 1 male any race / 3 any gender or race

THE GUN: (Any) A person of any gender or age, dressed in black.

BILL: (M) An adult man with a family, age mid-thirties to mid-fifties. A gunmaker.

LANA: (W) An adult woman, age mid-twenties to mid-fifties. A gun owner. Michelle’s partner.

MICHELLE: (W) An adult woman, age mid-twenties to mid-fifties. Lana’s partner.

ALEX: (Any) A person of any gender, age late teens to early twenties. A gun violence victim. In a relationship with Charlie.

CHARLIE: (Any) A person of any gender, age late teens to early twenties. A gun violence victim. In a relationship with Alex.


Undo, Redo by Cameron Thiesing​

No. Stop. Like this. Okay, do it again. Giving directions to her past self and her friend Rachel as if the director of a play, Caroline desperately tries to change the past as she is forced to come to terms with what really happened at school.

Play contains:

  • Content related to a school shooting
  • Adult language
  • Gunshot sound effects
  • Actors portraying being shot
  • Repeated replay of a tragic event

3 females any race / 1 any gender or race

CAROLINE: (F) A junior in highschool, 17.

PAST CAROLINE: (F) A junior in highschool, 17.

RACHEL: (F) A junior in highschool, 16.

GUNMAN: (Any) A Senior in highschool, 18. [Non-Speaking]


Write Their Wrongs by Wyn Alyse Thomas​

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.

Play contains:

  • Content about mourning a loss due to a school shooting
  • Content related to forgiving school shooters

3 females any race / 1 male any race

MAYA: (F) High school girl. Wasn’t hurt in the shooting. Wanted to meet up to write something.

LYDIA: (F) High school girl. Sister of Tyler, who died in the shooting.

JIMMY: (M) High school boy. Was shot in the arm.

EMILY: (F) High school girl. Was shot in the leg.