How did Social Justice Theater of the Carolinas start?
We were rehearsing Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream.' I expected the usual chaos pitch but as soon as the cast walked on stage, I could tell something was different–no chatty energy, no giggles or silliness. Something was up.
I looked at one of the actresses that has been with us for years. My eyes must have said, "So, what's going on?" "The shooting" she said. “We were just discussing the shooting." I had been immersed in our little theater all day. I had not heard about Parkland. They filled in the horrific details. We went on with rehearsal. There was work to be done.
Afterwards, several actors stayed behind. They vented their frustrations and anger. I talked about how I remembered where I was and what I was doing when I heard about Columbine... and how nothing had changed. They shared their memories of Sandy Hook; although they were quite young at the time, they remembered. We talked, cried and went home.
I thought that was the end of it.
The next day while randomly thumbing through a stack of scripts I had ordered years ago, columbinus caught my eye. As I read the riveting script, the Social Justice Theater of the Carolinas was born and columbinus was chosen as our inaugural play.