Girl Power Workshops

Behind the Scenes of 9mm America – First Workshop

By Monica Furman, Senior Girl Be Heard Company Member

The Cast of 9mm

The Cast of 9mm

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” Oscar Wilde

We are all human beings. We all feel- physically, mentally, emotionally. And yet, we kill each other.
These were my thoughts on a bright, snowy, Sunday morning that was February 10th.
That morning, in Mount Sinai Synagogue in downtown Brooklyn, ten powerful artists from Girl Be Heard were assembling to practice our First Amendment Right to discuss our Second.
What made you want to be in this show?
This question, asked by our director, and artistic director of Girl Be Heard, Ashley Marinaccio, hung in the air like a flag raised in solidarity.
“…well, where I come from, there are drive-bys….shootings every night…..he was killed…..police….”
The sudden reality of our relationships to guns stung.
In this hour and a half introductory rehearsal, we questioned morals, rights, ethics, and economic standards. Terms like “NRA,” “corporate greed,” and “evolution” bounced off the walls of our rehearsal space. And from these questions poured even more questions, until we had enough material for what seemed like a seven hour show. The great thing about the Girl Be Heard writing process for our shows is that it’s creative and educational. One can’t write about an important issue and connect with people without knowing about the issue. For example, did you know that America, arguably the most powerful country in the world, has the highest death counts due to gun violence?

With this show, we, as females, will seek to use our power to spread awareness.
We will seek to uncover the truth behind the bullets.
We will seek to uncover the history behind the glocks.
We will seek to find solutions behind the issue being dealt with in the US of AK-47s.