ripe frenzy family guide
Questions to think about while you watch the play
How does an audience fuel a performance? What if that performance is a shooting instead of a play?
Why did the playwright choose the play “Our Town” as a framework for “Ripe Frenzy”?
Why does the audience never see Zoe’s son? How is he represented during the play?
Mass Shootings and the aftermath
School Shootings as Theater (from Psychology Today)
The intersection between public acts of grisly violence and entertainment was apparent from the beginning of the school shootings phenomenon. The Parkland, Florida, nightmare is no different. How does that help with prevention?
Rampage shooters may vary in their level of impulsiveness but most show evidence of long-term planning. They follow scripts, are swayed by common passions such as fear of failure, and the need for social approval, brood over the setting, and the props, and relish their impact on the public.
There are many groups that are working with the media to control this “frenzy” by pledging to avoid saying the shooter’s name or showing their picture.
The NEA has gathered resources to help adults talk with young people about the tragedy of school shootings.
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Some things to know about “OUR TOWN”
a play written by Thornton wilder in 1938 about a fictional New Hampshire town known as “Grover’s Corners.”
Wilder wrote most of the play while at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough. So most people assume that Grover’s Corners is really Peterborough.
Written during the heyday of theatrical realism, the play’s use of minimal props and set, and the character of the Stage Manager addressing the audience, and meta-theatrical play within a play concept, was revolutionary.
It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1938 and has had several runs on Broadway and won a Tony award in 1989 for Best Revival .