After Newtown Tragedy, Another Shooting Story Told
(Memphis) A former Mid-South woman shares her story of survival, hoping it translates to those still grieving over the Newtown, CT shooting.
First staged in Chicago in 2011, the Warriors, details how Mary Hollis Inboden and her friends are moving forward years after the 1998 shooting that killed five of her classmates at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, AR.
“The play came about because I wanted to see if I could give good advice so I started reaching out,” she said.
Inboden created the play with her friend and fellow actor Evan Linder who she met at Circuit Playhouse in Memphis.
“It’s about who these people are now after surviving something that tragic, Linder said.” It highlights the strong individuals they grew up to be.”
After the Sandy Hook school shooting they wanted to do something to help.
“My reaction is that it is a personal attack and something that is plaguing our country and I like most everybody else just want to do something,” she said.
So they brought their play to Memphis. Half the proceeds of Monday night’s one time reading benefits the families and survivors of Sand Hook.
“If we can do something good in the face of all these tragic circumstance I got to do it,” she said.
The other half of the proceeds go to the Memphis Mayor’s program called Gun Down, a program aimed at curbing gun violence in the city.