SHELTER IN PLACE

10-Minute Play: A response to gun violence — This short piece examines the destructive work of assault rifles against first-hand accounts from the murders at SandyHook.
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SHELTER IN PLACE

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  • Ellen Koivisto:
    14 Nov. 2018
    This is what it's like. This is what it's like to be in a school and know there's a shooter on campus. This is what it's like to try to hide, to try to protect the students, to try to make the right decisions. This is what the physics of bullets and chemical propulsion do to the body. This is what it's like.
  • Micki Shelton:
    22 Oct. 2018
    The interaction of the immediacy of being right inside a school shooting and the indifferent facts of what happens when a semi-automatic gun creates havoc inside soft human flesh is only one of the things that makes this play so powerful. There are also the words to the children, "It's okay. Shh;" the emotionless words of the shooter in response to the small child who doesn't want to be there, "Well, you're here"; and the end, which is the beginning, "Shelter in place."
  • Sharai Bohannon:
    29 May. 2018
    This is a powerful and horrifying and necessary piece. I love how Carnes has a way of going straight to the issue without holding back. We need more plays like this and we need them to be produced when they do come along.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Nu Sass — Washington D.C.
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    2018
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    Focal Theatre Lab — Ames, IA
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    2018
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    Tomorrow's Theater Tonight — Prescott, AZ
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    2018
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    Phoenix Theater — Minneapolis, MN
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    2018