The Tandem Friends School Upper School Drama program will present 26 Pebbles, a powerful play by Eric Ulloa, that features seven actors showcasing nineteen residents of Newtown, CT affected by the tragic events and community rebuilding that took place during and after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Tandem will present four performances of the show February 28 through March 3.
Performances of 26 Pebbles will be held in the Tandem Friends Community Hall at 7pm on February 28, March 1 and March 2, with a 2pm matinee on Sunday, March 3. The show’s run time is approximately 90 minutes (no intermission) and the Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 shows will be followed by a Q&A/Talkback session with cast members and director Perry Medlin. We hope many in the community will choose to come experience the powerful 26 Pebbles and participate in community building dialogue afterwards.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors; they can be reserved by calling 434-296-1030 x0. Tickets are also available at the door beginning thirty minutes prior to curtain.
26 Pebbles looks deeply into how a community processes shock and grief and draws parallels to living as a community that is trying to be something more than the tragedy that defines it. It seemed a natural and healing choice for Tandem Friends following the community challenging events of August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville. As a school that weaves the values of community into every aspect of school life and works together towards inclusivity and social justice, Tandem hopes 26 Pebbles will facilitate dialogue and community rebuilding as Charlottesville moves from the trauma of August 12 to the positive and healing aspects of what will now be honored as Unity Week.
The description of 26 Pebbles provides further insight into the show: On December 14, 2012, a tragedy took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. “These twenty-six innocent deaths, like pebbles thrown into a pond, created ripples and vibrations that were felt far beyond the initial rings. This is the story of those vibrations. Similar in style to The Laramie Project, playwright Eric Ulloa conducted interviews with members of the community in Newtown and crafted them into an exploration of ... a small town shaken by a horrific event.” 26 Pebbles was featured in American Theatre Magazine, The NY Times and won the Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Award for 2017.