PAYTON: A BACK-TO-SCHOOL MONOLOGUE

SHORT. A child doesn't want the shoes with LED blinking lights. For an actor 6-8 or a child that can come across any age between 6-8.
Part of 'Playwrights Say Never Again to School Shootings' curated by playwright Rachael Carnes.
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PAYTON: A BACK-TO-SCHOOL MONOLOGUE

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  • Nelson Diaz-Marcano:
    3 Apr. 2018
    Damn it Asher! How are you going to make a grown man feel this emotional this early in the day! Truly a masterpiece of the monologue sub genre. Mr. Wyndham exposes our current state with minimum effort, creating both a heartbreaking story and an adorable window into childhood innocence. Even if that innocent is compromised by today's threats. Bravo!
  • Rachel Bykowski:
    3 Apr. 2018
    I felt this play in my heart. Wyndham demonstrates control over the dynamic ebb and flow of the script. Building you up with a lighthearted jaunt through a mall to go shoe shopping for back to school, only to let a wave crash into you as you realize the young child's reasoning for the shoe they want. Suddenly, innocence is lost in a single moment.
  • Rachael Carnes:
    19 Feb. 2018
    From the very first moments of this devastating play, Wyndham sets us in the hands of reality through subtle, relatable action and revealing, universal imagery. A child holds a Ziplock baggie full of coins — Chore money — And oh, those blinking shoes sure are neat. Here Wyndham departs — Pulls tight at our emotional sinews — Making raw and uncomfortable and all-too present the conversations parents have with their children every day about living defensively in this world where gun violence is an ever-present threat. This piece, featuring a child actor, would be a profound gift to any stage.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Gun Control Theatre Action, Minnesota Theatricals, Phoenix Theater, Minneapolis, MN
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    2018
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    Protest Plays Project, Nu Sass Productions at the Pinch, Washington DC
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    2018
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    Gun Control Theater: A ReACT Reading, Anderson Sculpture Garden, Focal Theatre Lab, Ames,IA
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    2018
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    Playwrights Say No More Shootings, Commonwealth Theatre Center, Louisville, KY
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    2018
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    Playwrights Say #neveragain to School Shootings, Cedar Rapids Theatre Company @ RHCR Theatre, Cedar Rapids, IA
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    2018
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    Not Another Statistic, Theatre 167, West End Theatre, NYC, NY, April 29th,
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    2018
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    Code Red Plays, Steel River Playhouse, Pottsdown, PA, Sept 22nd
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    2018
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    Playwrights Say Never Again: Staged Readings, The Palace Theater, Chattanooga, TN
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    2018