Bang Bang You're Dead

Play

Writers: William Mastrosimone

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
1
First Produced
1999
Genres
Drama
Settings
Contemporary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
present day, jail cell
Cast Size
medium
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Diverse Cast, Ensemble Cast, High School, Regional Theatre, Theatre
Casting Notes

Includes late teen, early teen, young adult, adult characters

Synopsis

Bang Bang You’re Dead is a visceral examination of the culture that can breed violence in contemporary society, and a heartbreaking introspection at the aftermath of that violence. Alone in the darkness, teenager Josh is woken by a flashlight and a voice asking, “Why me?” Quickly and to his confusion, four other voices join – these five characters (Michael, Katie, Matt, Jessie, and Emily) are Josh’s victims from his shooting rampage in the school cafeteria that morning. They have returned to him and force him to confront and relive the events that led to that moment: his first hunting experience, heartbreak when Katie “dumped him for Michael,” bullying voices from school, his violent threat on a chalkboard, being expelled from school, and finally being forced to see a psychotherapist. He contemplates suicide, but then chooses to take his aggression, anger, and depression out on others, fatally shooting both of his parents before going to his school. Ultimately, Josh realizes what he has done and its finality, and is left with one final prayer: “Oh, God.”

Lead Characters