Sinclair Theatre students will present a FREE staged-reading of Bang, Bang, You’re Dead! at 10:30 a.m. on March 14 in Sinclair’s Black Box Theatre (building 2) immediately following the National School Walkout — a demonstration calling for students, faculty, parents, and others to walk out of school at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes — one minute for each person who was killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
Bang, Bang, You’re Dead! was written by William Mastrosimone in the wake of three school shootings: Thurston High School (Springfield, Oregon) on May 21, 1998, Heath High School (Paducah, Kentucky) on December 4, 1997, and Westside Middle School (Jonesboro, Arkansas) on March 24, 1998. While written nearly 20 ago, the story eerily mirrors recent events in the United States.
Mastrosimone intended Bang, Bang, You’re Dead! to raise awareness of school violence so allows it to be performed without payment of royalties, as long as the performance is not for profit.
This presentation is done in remembrance of the victims and support of the survivors of these events. Directed by Music, Theatre & Dance department chair, Gina Neuerer, the reading will feature theatre majors: Brianna Babel, Sydney Baker, Nikki Bentz, Ashton Brunn, Courtney Kakac, Micah Koverman, Sarah Parrott, Sara Rice, Sarah Skeans, David Thomas, and Jacob Weybright. Student designers include Jessica Hull (costumes), Jacob Rodgers (lighting), Greg Davis (props) as well as production management by Jenna Bousquette (stage manager) and Kimberly Johnson (assistant stage manager).
Limited seating is available in the Black Box, located on the fourth floor of building 2 (Room 2411). Take the stairs directly across from the Green Room on the third floor. Doors to the theatre will open at 10:30 a.m. and the performance should last approximately 1 hour.
Please arrive promptly; we will not be able to seat latecomers after the performance begins.