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.

2020 Finalist for National Award for Short Playwriting, City Theatre Miami
2020 Finalist for Sam French/Concord Theatricals OOB Festival
First Place/...
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.

2020 Finalist for National Award for Short Playwriting, City Theatre Miami
2020 Finalist for Sam French/Concord Theatricals OOB Festival
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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  • Lisa Sillaway:
    21 Oct. 2020
    What an impossible situation these characters are in and what a realistic dialogue driven piece. This should be performed in some collegiate senior juries...
  • Vince Gatton:
    4 Sep. 2020
    Bloody hell, what a world we live in that this is an entirely plausible drama that could be playing out in schools all across America. Minigan does an excellent job of taking a societal issue and making it personal, with sharp dialogue, high stakes, and deeply emotional and practical consequences for his characters. I say this as highest praise: this play made me feel sick to my stomach. Also: great title. Well done.
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    25 Aug. 2020
    Minigan explores the horrors of school shootings through bureaucracy and the impossible roles teachers are expected to play. It's horrifying to think that conversations like this one probably happen in our country regularly. A chilling ten-minute that cuts past the debate of should-we or shouldn't-we have guns and examines the position our inaction puts schools.

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
Finalist
,
National Award for Short Playwriting
,
,
2020
Winner
,
Best Play
,
North Park Playwrights Festival
,
2019