I am a playwright. So this is how I am filtering the horrid news of today’s events in Connecticut.
“27 Dead” (A short play)
SCENE: A typical elementary school in Connecticut. A young man has just murdered 25 people, including his mother, a teacher at the school, with a high-powered, semi-automatic handgun. Walking through a classroom littered with bodies, shattered glasses and shards of mangled furniture, he approaches a 10-year-old child named Guadalupe…)
The Shooter: Do you know my name?
Guadalupe: No, sir.
The Shooter: I am death’s messenger, and I am free to kill. I have the power.
Guadalupe: (staring at the bullet-riddled corpse of little girl in bright yellow dress) Her name is Karen. She’s my best friend. Can you help her?
The Shooter: No…I can’t do that. This is how it ends. You’re too young to understand. Don’t you see, I have the power. (gazing at the smoldering weapon in his right hand.) This is how it ends.
Guadalupe: My name is Lupita. (struggling to hold back her tears.) Please tell my mommy that I love her? And my daddy, too. Please…
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Bio: James E. Garcia is a playwright, journalist, university lecturer, and Phoenix-based media communications consultant. As a journalist, he has been a reporter, columnist, magazine and newspaper editor, foreign correspondent, and television, radio and online commentator. He is the owner of Creative Vistas Media, co-founder of The Real Arizona Coalition (therealarizona.org), immediate past chair of the Arizona Latino Research Enterprise, and the author of more than 20 plays.