In the Storm
Every day, 306 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, and police intervention. Every day, 90 people die from gun violence: 31 are murdered. 56 kill themselves. – www.bradycampaign.org
It was with these sobering statistics in mind that Kulture Kids’ Lead Playwright and Artistic Director Robin Pease approached Kulture Kids’ most recent commissioned work, In the Storm. The one-woman performance was developed from interviews with doctors, nurses, social workers, police, media relations personnel, and clergy at MetroHealth Hospital. In the Storm tells the story of how gunshot wounds impact not only the victims and families, but the caregivers who work to save lives. Told through the eyes of one doctor in the chaos of the Emergency Department, In the Storm establishes a moment to pay tribute to the victims.
The world premiere of In the Storm was presented at Cleveland Public Theatre’s Station Hope community event on Saturday, April 30, 2016. The work was co-commissioned by Cleveland Public Theatre and MetroHealth Medical Center, two of Kulture Kids’ long-standing partners. It’s the hope of all three partners that through sharing the stories of those impacted by gun violence, even the caregivers of victims and their families, that the public will become more aware of the current struggles with gun violence in our own community and will be emboldened to take the steps necessary for meaningful change.
To schedule a performance of In the Storm at your school, library, community center, or other venue, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (216) 302-4829.
In the Storm
By Robin Pease ©2016
Adapted from interviews of the staff of Metro Health Hospital.
Directed by Molly Cornwell.
With special thanks to Linda Jackson, Dr. Sara Laskey, and Raymond Bobgan.
In the Storm was commissioned by Cleveland Public Theatre, Raymond Bobgan, Executive Artistic Director and MetroHealth Arts in Medicine.