But Not Tonight

But Not Tonight
  • Fri Oct 12, 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Jonaya Kemper
  • Indie Freeform
  • Adult Themes
  • Bullying, social isolation, exclusion, difficult family relationships, death
  • Cut/Break, Open Door policy, ok check in
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  • Created at the table


Written by Clio Yun-su Davis, But Not Tonight is a topical, touching, and warm freeform about adolescence during the Cold War era.

The year is 1986. You are a student at Greenwood High School, focused on living your own life while navigating the inescapable social structures that dictate your daily interactions there.

The nuclear panic resulting from the Cold War has started to subside. They have stopped running the drills, though the fallout shelter in the basement is still stocked with some bare necessities and left otherwise empty in case the worst should happen.

One day late in the afternoon after most of the other students and faculty have gone home, you hear the air-raid siren pierce through the air. You are ushered into the fallout shelter with some of your classmates and told to wait – but no one comes to get you.

What does your social status mean when the world might be ending outside? Are your relationships strong enough to withstand the pressure? Will the prospect of a nuclear apocalypse reveal secrets you’d meant to keep hidden? And – most importantly – how do you hold onto hope when it seems that all is lost?

In But Not Tonight, you play a high school student (or a guidance counselor) who is forced to examine their life, relationships, and past actions in the face of the possibility that there is no future. This is a game about friendship, love, hopes, dreams, facing fears, discovering who you are, and overcoming despair with the help of others. Dark themes are explored, but the focus is on empowering characters (and players!) to live the best lives they can, regardless of whether those lives will last only for a few more hours or for many decades to come.

Tags: Drama, Emotional, Freeform, Modern, Potentially triggering*, Serious

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