Columbine. Aurora. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. Orlando. Las Vegas. A day at school or a night out with friends ends in bloodshed and a nation shaking its head in disbelief. Thanks to disturbed, angry individuals and easy access to powerful weapons, each of these communities have become synonymous with unanticipated and massive tragedy. How do we as Americans respond?
Why do we seem powerless to stop these acts that happen over and over? If you are to believe our cowed politicians held in thrall to the N.R.A., with thoughts, prayers, and deflected blame.
Trigger Warning will look at how a mass shooting impacts one family - that of the shooter. Were there warning signs that were ignored? Could they have done anything to stop this senseless act? Can they face a community that once was home and now reviles them? Is there anything this family can offer a devastated nation other than thoughts and prayers?
This new drama will zero in on the heart of the gun debate, mental health issues, fears, and misconceptions surrounding this uniquely American phenomenon. Playwright Jacques Lamarre lives in Connecticut, minutes from the site of the Hartford Distributors shooting where nine people were killed, Newington where five Connecticut Lottery employees were murdered, and one hour from Newtown, CT.
Trigger Warning performances are April 12 through May 4 at the Plaza Black Box Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont ST in Boston’s South End. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 4 and 8 PM, and Sunday at 4 PM. Tickets will be available through the Boston Theatre Scene box office 617.933.8600 or BostonTheatreScene.com.
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