Gun Control Theatre Action




An invitation to join your community in a reading and candlelight vigil at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on Tuesday, May 28 at 10:00p. DETAILS BELOW…

NoPassport Theatre Alliance & Press and The Vicious Circle announce GUN CONTROL THEATRE ACTION WEEK 2013 – a week of international performances and readings from the anthology 24 GUN CONTROL PLAYS, intended to raise awareness and discourse around the immediate need for Gun Control legislation.

Recently, force/collision co-produced an evening with NoPassport, NY Madness and NYTR at New Dramatists with 17 readings of new texts from some of the country’s most respected playwrights.

*THE EVENING: Actors, Artists, Activists, Community… we will meet at 9:40pm at the MLK Memorial where a poem, “The Wake” by Caridad Svich and a candle will be given to everyone. At 10:00pm we will have a candle lighting followed by a group reading of the poem. The event will last approx. 10 minutes.

MLK Memorial is located at 1964 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001.

Please lend your voices in solidarity for those we have lost due to gun violence.

Want to host your own reading?  Read below….


MAY 27 – JUNE 2, 2013

NoPassport Theatre Alliance & Press and The Vicious Circle announce GUN CONTROL THEATRE ACTION WEEK 2013
– a week of international performances and readings from the anthology 24 GUN CONTROL PLAYS, intended to
raise awareness and discourse around the immediate need for Gun Control legislation. Featuring 24 plays by such
well respected authors as Neil LaBute, Caridad Svich, Winter Miller, Lynn Manning, Oliver Mayer, Saviana Stanescu
and many others, the series of plays will be performed by theatre companies, individual artists and local
performing troupes throughout the week of May 27 – June 2, 2013. The cycle launches into action on Memorial
Day, paying respect to those tragically lost to mass violence, including those lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School
and the Colorado cinema shootings of 2012. Tickets to all performances and readings during this Gun Control
Theatre Action Week will be free of charge. Performance dates, times and locations will be regularly added to

Artists from around the world are invited to participate in Gun Control Theatre Action Week 2013, free of charge.
There is no limitation on the location, size, or scale of the reading or production. Artists may perform some or all of
the plays in the order of their choosing. To organize a own reading, artists are asked to contact for more information. A complete list of the plays and playwrights is available at

“The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut this December 2012, prefigured by gun-related
tragedies sustained in Aurora, Colorado,may be viewed (perhaps by some) as tragic, isolated incidents,” says
Caridad Svich, the conceiver of the Theatre Action. “But it is important to consider how stricter gun control laws
may have prevented their occurrence. How do we as a nation in the U.S.reconcile incidents of senseless violence
against our citizens, be they young or old? Since the massacre at Columbine High School in 1999, the massacre at
Virginia Tech in 2007, and the shooting that targeted Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011 (to name only three gunrelated events in recent US history), national discussion in the arts and media, and halls of law and governance has
turned toward how to cope with increased violence in our society and ‘easy’ access to guns. Calls for gun control
arise in our culture every time devastating tragedies of this nature occur. Fourteen years after the Columbine
massacre, we still ask ourselves what to do? As citizens and artists, let us raise our voices in protest and mourning;
every step we take toward the making of work that encourages a more just society counts.”

Commissioned by NoPassport Press in January of this year, just weeks after the Sandy Hook shootings which saw
the massacre of 20 children and 6 adults, GUN CONTROL THEATRE ACTION 2013 generated two dozen new plays
to examine the need for gun control. The plays were first produced as an evening of readings by force/collision in
collaboration with Theater J in Washington, D.C.,to coincide with the March on Washington for Gun Control,
organized by Molly Smith, Artistic Director of Arena Stage, and Suzanne Blue Star Boy.

A new incarnation of readings, co-produced by force/collision, NY Madness and NYTR with NoPassport, is set for
April 29, 2013 in New York City as a Pen and Swill event at New Dramatists, hosted by resident playwright Chiori
Miyagawa, and featuring performances by Kristen Connolly, Greg Keller, Bhavesh Patel, Craig muMs Grant, Yvette
Heyliger,Jody Christopherson, Jocelyn Kuritsky, Reyna de Courcy, Noah Galvin and Laura Zam.

The Gun Control Theatre Action Week of May 27-June 2, 2013 is meant to spread this movement around the world
swiftly and pointedly, to raise the conversation to a new level spur the worldwide community to take decidedly
imperative action to restrict the sale of high-capacity semi-automatic weapons and their ammunition.
NoPassport was founded by playwright Caridad Svich in 2003. It is an unincorporated, artist-driven, grass-roots
theatre alliance & press devoted to cross-cultural, Pan-American performance, theory, action, advocacy, and
publication. NoPassport exists a virtual and live forum for the exchange of work and dreams, a network between
theatres and the academy, and a mobile band of playwrights, directors, actors, producers and musicians. The
mentoring of younger artists is also a key component of NOPE’s (as we playfully call ourselves) mission. For more
information, please visit

The Vicious Circle was founded by Meredith Lynsey Schade, Tony Speciale and Jerry Marsini to create new,
ensemble-based works. Past productions have included the development of the play Unnatural Acts by The Plastic
Theatre, and Soulographie: Our Genocides, a series of 17 plays written by Erik Ehn on human rights issues, the
latter of which was produced across the nation over the course of two years, culminating in a two week marathon
at La MaMa in November 2012.