COCAwrites Festival

Saturday, Mar 27, 2021

COCA East Lot and Virtual
Saint Louis, MO 63101

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Suffer the Children by Mariah Richardson

With Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner by COCA student Nikki Prodes

And A Day in the Life of Finnigan Daniels by COCA student Sophia Levinson

Recommended Ages 11 +
Run Time: 105 Minutes

COCA begins a new tradition with its premiere of the COCAwrites Festival, a festival of new work for multi-generational audiences created by a multi-generational team of theatre artists. This year, the festival will take place outdoors on COCA’s East Lot on March 27 & 28 at 7:00PM as a part of the COCA Presents season. At 7:00PM, audiences can see student plays followed by the film of Suffer the Children.

Suffer the Children

Suffer the Children is a play by St. Louis playwright Mariah Richardson, a play in a series of plays about Delilah, a young girl exploring questions of community and coming-of-age in St. Louis. The school is on lock-down and surrounded by SWAT police. What does it all mean? This dramatic piece looks at the topical issues of race, white supremacy, gun violence, and immigration. Suffer the Children approaches these issues from real fears that children and many others in our society face, today. The play asks St. Louis audiences to lean in and listen to the words and seek restoration through the ideas of our young people. For more information on the show’s content guidelines, click here.

Student Play – Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner

The play is written by COCA student Nikki Prodes and follows two teenage girls as they navigate young love in a small town that does not support them. For more information on the play’s content guidelines, click here.

Student Play – A Day in the Life of Finnigan Daniels

A Day in the Life of Finnigan Daniels is about a fifteen-year-old girl who struggles with severe anxiety in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can see the effects of it in her daily life with ordinary things like going to school or even just walking through the street. But through her relationships with friends, family, and mentors, we see there is a light at the end of the tunnel. For more information on the play’s content guidelines, click here.

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