THE LIBRARY – by Scott Z. Burns – November 2 Staged Reading

Held at the River Park Library, 2022 Mishwaka Avenue South Bend (across from Potawatomi Greenhouse)

7:30pm on November 2

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THE STORY: After Caitlin Gabriel survives a deadly shooting at her high school, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities, and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. Renowned Hollywood screenwriter Scott Z. Burns returns to the stage with this bold and chilling play that asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us.

This play is about the aftermath of a school shooting, so please be aware that audition sides may have triggering words or phrases.

Staged Readings are one night only and consist of actors interpreting the script relying on voice and relationship. Costumes, props, sets, blocking etc. are miminal at best. No memorization is required, and there are usually about 3 rehearsals to familiarize the actors with the script and incorporate any production adds.

Directed by ANDI CREASBAUM, featuring:

Caitlin Gabriel – AUNNIKA SMITH
Elizabeth Gabriel – LIZ SZALAY
Nolan Gabriel – ERIC MORGAN
Dawn Sheridan – KATHRYN HEIN
Ryan Mayes – CONOR NUNAN
Marshall Bauer – JUSTIN MEACHAM
Nurse – MO WOJCIECHOWSKI
Surgeon – SUSAN MEACHAM
Det. Washburn – DARLENE HAMPTON
Father Dunston – CHRIS MEEHAN
The Publisher/Special Master Thornton – JESSICA SMITH
Narrator – SARAH MYERS

Good luck to the audience member who prefers not to be disturbed…We’re scared, we’re dazzled, we’re hooked. Partly inspired by the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado, THE LIBRARY doesn’t make the mistake of trying to find clear motivations for that crime. Instead, it considers how such events warp and contaminate those who survive them.” —NY Times.

The show isn’t concerned with the tragedy itself but with the stories people tell afterward, from he said/she said testimonies to the search for perfect victims…Some may complain that THE LIBRARY is too emotionally detached, but that’s actually a strength: It’s rare to see a show take a step back so the audience can think.” —NY Post.

Scott Z. Burns delivers a smart and probing drama with an aggressive calmness. You’ll leave THE LIBRARY angry for all the right reasons.” —TheaterMania.com.

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