A Holy Word

SHORT: On October 24, 2014, a 15-year-old invited his best friends to skip class and eat lunch with him in the cafeteria at Marysville Pilchuck High School. He met them there and shot them each in the head using his father's illegally-purchased handgun. Then he turned the gun on himself. There was one survivor.

"We cannot get rid of mankind's fleetingly wicked wishes. We can get...
SHORT: On October 24, 2014, a 15-year-old invited his best friends to skip class and eat lunch with him in the cafeteria at Marysville Pilchuck High School. He met them there and shot them each in the head using his father's illegally-purchased handgun. Then he turned the gun on himself. There was one survivor.

"We cannot get rid of mankind's fleetingly wicked wishes. We can get rid of the machines that make them come true. I give to you a holy word: DISARM."
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A Holy Word

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  • Rachael Carnes:
    11 Mar. 2018
    In this taut, intense short play, Henry's language rhythm and staging imagery invite us to peer through a new lens into an all-too violent world, while concurrently looking deeper within ourselves, as the ones who've shaped it. Haunting and resonant.
  • Michael Perrie, Jr.:
    1 Mar. 2018
    An absolutely haunting and timely piece. There's something here about Jordan's rhythm and the sort of extravagant, impossible, but imaginable imagery she composes that makes this piece completely enthralling. Truly sad, and quickly elegant.
  • Keenya Jackson:
    28 Feb. 2018
    The sound and imagery of this play is hauntingly beautiful. The drums are a warning and also signal life. And even though each character is shot, all of them have beautiful, meaningful things to say about the shooter, about their friend. There isn't any blame or shame placed on anyone. Which is what makes it an even sadder, more delicate story to tell.

Production History

  • Community Theater
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    Self-Produced, The Palace Theater | part of a #theatreActionGunControl event
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    2018
  • Community Theater
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    Nu Sass Productions, Staged Reading | part of a #theatreActionGunControl event
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    2018