Since you know that this is a topic that the community is concerned about, might you bring the show to them as a way to publicly discuss that concern? It should be possible to stage the show with a talk-back after that includes a member of the local law enforcement community, a school counselor or child psychologist, and/or other members of the community who can speak professionally about the issue. This could be a significant opportunity to engage the public in a positive manner through theatre.
Hi Mohammed,Thanks very much for your interest in Declaration. Jason Robert LeClair, who staged the premiere, would be a great person to talk about this and hopefully he can chime in when he gets a moment, but from having been in-residence at the time, I know that we had post-show discussions both nights that included representatives from both police and fire (as well as Jay and I). I'm fairly sure other groups have had counselors participate as well.I'd be happy to talk to you more about the play by email, but two important things I'd stress, because some people may otherwise jump to the wrong assumptions about a "school shooting" play:1) It's a play in which we NEVER see the shooter (or even, for the most part, the immediate victims).2) It's not a play about the "politics" of gun control, at least not in any overt way. While I don't think it's rocket science to figure out the side on which I come down, I made a deliberate choice to focus on the human elements.I would also add that while the original group of productions early this year as part of the Declaration Initiative (which raised over $5k for March for Our Lives) were all at high schools, I saw recently that the first middle school production was licensed by a school in Texas.Cheers,Jonathan