A one-minute play addressing the sad nonchalance of active shooter drills in schools.
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  • Rachael Carnes:
    15 Feb. 2020
    A sad and powerful reminder that the victims of gun violence aren't just those hurt in these all-too common massacres, but the bystanders to horror: Our children, and their teachers. A generation is growing up under the threat of armed assailants in their places of learning, and Kaplan's beautiful short play expresses a teacher's grief, for his students' innocence, and our collective humanity.
  • Steven G. Martin:
    18 Jun. 2019
    The aftermath of mass shootings is immediate, catastrophic loss. But there is insidious loss, too. Kaplan's short play shows this with its focus on tone, action, and coincidence. Very well written.
  • Asher Wyndham:
    15 Sep. 2018
    I saw this short play performed in Minneapolis at Safety Off, a production on gun control awareness and activism. A teacher's lesson on a poem is interrupted by a lock down drill, and the students and teachers react as if they've done this a million times. It's a sad play, but a powerful one that could do more than make you shake your head in disgust at America; it could inspire you do something, vote for politicians who are for gun control or simply start a conversation with others.

Character Information

  • Voice of Vice-Principal
  • Teacher
  • Students (at least 2)

Production History

  • Fringe
    NY Indie 1-Minute Play Festival
  • University
    Gi60 Festival