Coping Mechanism (Off-Broadway, The Wild Project, 2023) | Playbill

Coping Mechanism



As the conversation about gun violence rises and falls between news cycles, the victims of the victims are left to hold it all together. This is a story about grief, and the internal struggle that gets overshadowed by the larger public debate. How does one hold on and move on at the same time? One year after her son’s murder, Debra Clayborne is invited to finish something her son Nathan started. For Debra and those closest to her, the invitation stirs up a world of hurt, and with just a week to decide what’s best, she is at the mercy of time, and the only way out is through.

Directed by Tramane Harris
Scenic Design by Alex Jourdan
Lighting Design by Amina Alexander
Costume Design by Gina Ruiz
Sound Design by Sean Hagerty

Cast Includes Gerrard James, Eric Ruffin, Jes Washington, DeShawn White


Blocking belongs
on the stage,
not on websites.

Our website is made possible by
displaying online advertisements to our visitors.

Please consider supporting us by
whitelisting with your ad blocker.
Thank you!