by MATTHEW GREENE
directed by AUSTIN PENDLETON
OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 17, 2018
A world premiere! Thousand Pines is a story of common humanity struggling with grief, healing, and forgiveness in the wake of a shooting at Thousand Pines Junior High School. Through the interactions of three families on a Thanksgiving Day, this important and riveting new drama brings the national dialogue about gun violence to the Playhouse stage. This play was developed as part of our New Works Circle Initiative.
We asked local high school students to read Thousand Pines, then asked them to share some of their thoughts with us at the Playhouse. They had lots to say...
"Reminds you of what it means to be human."
"Not like reading another news story..."
"We have to acknowledge that that lives in all of us."
"Puts a human face on it."
"We like to point fingers, but there's no one answer."
“Audiences who think they don’t want to hear any more about school shootings, should think again. Greene is writing neither a polemic nor a crime thriller nor a documentary but an exploration of communal experience and communal grief.”
DAVID ROSENBERG, NEW CANAAN NEWS
“I believe in the healing power of theater as we stumble together from darkness in search of light.”
"I see it as a story of family, of community, of shared grief . . . A story of people who want to feel safe, who want to feel love, and who want to connect.”
MATTHEW GREENE, PLAYWRIGHT