The Numbening is a story about a young man who confesses to his teacher that he is about to commit a mass shooting. A year and a half removed from Sandy Hook, without another high profile massacre in the interim, I naively but hopefully wondered if it was already a dated story. I had thought, ignorantly, that the slaughter of twenty first graders would be the tipping point; that somehow the culture collectively cried “enough,” and that the magnitude of this horrific event would cosmically (magically) stop another one from happening. Five days later, a young man in Charleston massacred some people who had invited him into their church to pray with them. Since then, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Parkland are merely signposts on a timeline of more atrocities. Please join me at 7pm on May 3rd to watch the Numbening, performed by Joe Delafield, Jane Kotlyar and Julianne Lavallee at HB Playwrights Theatre, and participate in a post-show discussion to assist me in its further development. The ideas on how to expand it, three years later, have unfortunately been abundantly fueled by the harshest of realities, and this is my way of contributing to the conversation. When the media circus dies, the conversation shouldn’t die too.