Closing Doors

When fourth-grade teacher Sandra is called on the carpet by old friend and Assistant Principal Valerie for breaking protocol in an active shooter drill, they must decide how they can save both their friendship and their students.

First Place/Honegger Prize, Firehouse Center for the Arts New Works Festival, 2019
Best Play Award, North Park Playwrights Festival
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Closing Doors

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  • Victoria Z. Daly:
    26 Jan. 2020
    This play left me breathless. It feels so true and so lived, and the stakes keep getting bigger and bigger. The answer to this no-win situation cannot come from this school, these administrators, or these teachers, who are all forced to make choices that, by design, will fall short. Meantime (as in the larger political world) friendships are ruined, every stakeholder is terrified, and the kids are left forever traumatized. Consider this gem for your short play festival -- any short play festival -- but especially those focused on gun violence and social issues.
  • Robert Lynn:
    5 Dec. 2019
    We think we have answers. But when we're left with uncomfortable choices, we're not so sure. This play gets right in the middle of of issues that don't neatly overlap--protecting our children, security theatre, assessing the risks to the many to save the one. This is the world we live in now, and John Minigan shows us just how hard it is.
  • Jeff Dunne:
    28 Oct. 2019
    This is a powerful piece, escorting the audience through a very genuine and intentional discomfort and highlighting numerous societal issues along the journey. It does a great job of showing the intractability of addressing school shootings by instituting simple, overly-prescriptive policies; the implications that real solutions will have to address the more fundamental problems come across clearly without being obvious or preachy. An excellent play!

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    Firehouse Center for the Arts, MA
    ,
    2020
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Orange Players, CT
    ,
    2020
  • Professional
    ,
    Little Fish Pick of the Vine Festival
    ,
    2020
  • Professional
    ,
    Boston Theater Marathon
    ,
    2019
  • Fringe
    ,
    North Park Playwrights Festival, CA
    ,
    2019

Awards

Winner
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Honegger Prize
,
Firehouse Center for the Arts New Works Festival
,
2019