By Martin Crimp
Directed by Marcie Bramucci
“The children don’t understand- What’s happened to their teacher?...”
“…of course they understand – they’ve seen this on TV…they know exactly what’s going on and this is why they back away – instinctively back away.”
Contains adult language and graphic description of violence. Recommended for ages 17+.
Stephen Patrick Smith
Music by: Parris Bradley & John Stovicek
Stage Manager: Shannon O'Brien
School shootings, mental illness, and disrupting cycles of violence
Staci J. Connolly, LCSW, Psychotherapist/Owner, Cornerstone Therapy and Wellness
Shira Goodman, Executive Director, CeaseFire PA
Le Roy Whitehead, Ph D, Assistant Superintendent, Phoenixville Area School District
Supported in part by the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation and Rebecca Bradbeer.
MARTIN CRIMP was born in 1956 and began writing for theatre in the 1980s. His plays include The Rest Will be Familiar To You From Cinema, (2013, at the Schauspielhaus, Hamburg, voted by Germany’s Theater heute best foreign play of the year), In the Republic of Happiness (2012), Play House (2012), The City (2008), Fewer Emergencies (2005, receiving Italy’s Premiou Ubu), Cruel and Tender (2004, for director Luc Bondy), Face to the Wall (2002), The Country (2000), Attempts On Her Life (1997, revived at the Lyttleton, NT in 2007, directed by Katie Mitchel), The Treatment (1993, winner of the John Whiting Award), Getting Attention (1992), No One Sees the Video (1991), Play with Repeats (1989), Dealing with Clair (1988) and Definitely the Bahamas (1987).
His translations of plays include Botho Strauss’s Gross und Klein (2012), Ionesco’s Rhinoceros (2007), Marivaux’s The False Servant (2004) and The Triumph of Love (1999), Genet’s The Maids (1999), Ionesco’s The Chairs (1997), Koltès’s Roberto Zucco (1997), a new version of Chekhov’s The Seagull (2006) for the NT and an adaptation of Molière’s The Misanthrope (1996).
His work has been produced in the UK by the RSC, NT, Almeida, Young Vic, Barbican, Théâtre de Complicité and London’s Royal Court Theatre, and has been translated into many languages and widely produced abroad at venues including Piccolo Teatro, Milan, the Sala Beckett, Barcelona, the Vienna Festival, the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, the Théâtre de la Ville, Schaubühne, Berlin and at the Festival d’Automne in Paris, which presented four of his works in their 2006 season, including his first text for opera, Into the Little Hill, written for George Benjamin. His second collaboration with George Benjamin, Written on Skin, had its world premiere at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in July 2012.
In New York his work has been seen at the Public Theater, Classic Stage, Broadway (The Chairs, directed by Simon McBurney), and at the Metropolitan Opera.