For the Love of Uvalde: A Play Inspired by the May 24, 2022 Robb Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, TX is written by Texas native and theatre professor Ayvaunn Penn (Columbia University Playwriting Dean’s Fellow, Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist). This full-length theatre-for-social-change play gives voice to the frustrations of parents and loved ones of the shooting victims as well as the voices of survivors, politicians, and others who have differing views on how to put an end to gun violence. Through poetry, song, and dance, For the Love of Uvalde calls audiences to action — to put aside differences, unite, and do the work it takes to make America’s schools safe for all. Penn wrote this play to:
- Ensure that those who lost their lives, those wounded, and survivors are never forgotten
- Take an objective look at the transpiring of events around the Robb Elementary School shooting
- Use art to preserve what is both Texas and national history
- Give voice to those impacted by the Robb Elementary School shooting
- Help communities engage in difficult yet needed conversation
- Reflect today on how we can set aside our differences of opinion and work together to keep atrocities like this from happening tomorrow
For the Love of Uvalde had its premiere public staged reading at Texas Christian University in conjunction with El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde, TX on January 28, 2023. The developmental presentation consisted of select songs and monologues from the show and was immediately followed by a community discussion led by a panel including a licensed counselor, a social scientist, and theatre educators and theatre professionals. Upon request of El Progeso Memorial Library, the video footage from the January 28th reading is being entered into their Robb Archives Collection dedicated to documenting the history and narratives surrounding the Robb Elementary School tragedy.
For the Love of Uvalde continues development in preparation for one day having a fully staged production. Theaters and educational institutions interested in engaging their communities through production and discussion of this play should click here to contact the playwright.
Click here to watch the monologue “A Classroom Speaks” and listen to the song “God Has Called Another One Home” from For the Love of Uvalde.
CONTENT WARNING: For the Love of Uvalde is written based on testimony of those involved in or around the Robb Elementary School Shooting. Some content may be difficult to hear. Suggested for mature audiences only.
Click here to read about For the Love of Uvalde in the press.
Read the program from the January 28, 2023 premiere staged reading below.
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