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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  • Cheryl Bear:
    23 Jul. 2020
    It's theater after all, for the kids, so why be concerned? A powerful piece on safety in schools and how teachers are on the front lines whether they want to be or not. Well done.
  • John Mabey:
    10 Jul. 2020
    John Minigan takes such care and skill with a topic that none of us want to think about, but is a reality for many. This play expertly explores two sides of a situation where there are no good answers but so many questions. He takes those intense emotions around an active shooter drill and elevates them even further for a sincere and unexpected exploration of friendship as well.
  • Alex Wilkie:
    4 May. 2020
    Minigan doesn't pull any punches in this searing 10-minute play that centers on the fallout from an active shooter drill in an elementary school. Both of his characters wrestle with the cruel choices every educator must make when an open door could let in a frightened child or a cold-blooded killer. His taut and penetrating dialogue moves towards a powerful resolution. This drama would make a terrific addition to any festival of short plays.

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    Firehouse Center for the Arts, MA
    ,
    2020
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Orange Players, CT
    ,
    2020
  • Fringe
    ,
    The Greenhouse Ensemble
    ,
    2020
  • University
    ,
    The Actors Studio/Pace
    ,
    2020
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Silverthorne Theatre Company
    ,
    2020
  • Professional
    ,
    Little Fish Pick of the Vine Festival
    ,
    2020
  • Professional
    ,
    Boston Theater Marathon
    ,
    2019
  • Fringe
    ,
    North Park Playwrights Festival, CA
    ,
    2019

Awards

Winner
,
Honegger Prize
,
Firehouse Center for the Arts New Works Festival
,
2020
Selection
,
45th Annual Samuel French OOB Festival
,
Samuel French/Concord Theatricals
,
2020
Winner
,
Best Play
,
North Park Playwrights Festival
,
2019