Broadway Theatre Center Theaters Present Lauren Gunderson’s Natural Shocks

BROADWAY THEATRE CENTER THEATERS PRESENT LAUREN GUNDERSON’S NATURAL SHOCKS

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, and Skylight Music Theatre join the National Campaign of Theater Activism Against Gun Violence

Theaters, universities, high schools, and community groups across the country stage readings of the unpublished play to raise money and awareness for gun control and domestic violence non-profits

 

Milwaukee, Wis. (April 13, 2018) – Broadway Theatre Center companies, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, and Skylight Music Theatre, will join forces on Friday, April 20 to present a staged-reading of Lauren Gunderson’s one-woman show, NATURAL SHOCKS. Theater companies, schools and community groups all over the country, including Forward Theatre in Madison, and Carroll University in Waukesha, are presenting a reading of this play followed by talk back conversations around the theme of gun violence. Directed by Skylight Education Manager and local director, Margaret Bridges, NATURAL SHOCKS will feature Karen Estrada with stage directions read by Chantae Miller, a junior at Lake Country Lutheran High School.

 

The staged-reading will take place on Friday, April 20 at 4:30 PM on the 2nd floor of the Broadway Theatre Center in the Salon (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202). This reading will be free and open to the public with donations benefiting Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, and Milwaukee’s own Sojourner Family Peace Center.

 

WHY NOW?

Friday, April 20, 2018 marks the 19th anniversary of Columbine and the day of the National School Walkout, organized by the student activists in Parkland, Florida. With recent events and gun violence on the rise in schools, the student led movements such as March for Our Lives and 50 Mile March, among others, are gaining momentum in our nation to raise awareness about school safety and push for action on gun reform laws. Now, more than ever, it’s time to use theater as a tool to drive awareness, conversation and, ultimately, action.

For more information about the national initiative, visit www.naturalshocks.org.

ABOUT THE PLAY & PLAYWRIGHT

NATURAL SHOCKS is a classic Gunderson play: funny, inspired by Shakespeare (in this case, the “To be or not to be” speech from HAMLET), featuring a richly-drawn female character, and with an unexpected ending that will stay with you long after you leave the theater.

Lauren M. Gunderson is the most produced playwright in America of 2017, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award, the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, she is also a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (EMILIE, SILENT SKY), The Kennedy Center (THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DR. WONDERFUL AND HER DOG!), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The O’Neill, The Denver Center, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire and more. She co-authored MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY with Margot Melcon, which was one of the most produced plays in America in 2017. Her work is published at Playscripts (I AND YOU, EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR, THE TAMING, and TOIL AND TROUBLE), Dramatists (THE REVOLUTIONISTS, THE BOOK OF WILL, SILENT SKY, BAUER, MISS BENNET) and Samuel French (EMILIE). Her picture book Dr.  Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon was released from Two Lions / Amazon in May 2017. LaurenGunderson.com and @LalaTellsAStory

DETAILS

The staged-reading will take place on Friday, April 20 at 4:30 PM on the 2nd floor of the Broadway Theatre Center in the Salon (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202). This reading will be free and open to the public.

NATURAL SHOCKS has been generously provided, royalty-free, by playwright, Lauren Gunderson and her team of producers. The play will run approximately 65 minutes with no intermission, followed by a facilitated talk back. The event should end around 6:00 PM.

Donations to Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, and Sojourner Family Peace Center can be made via cash, check, or credit card on Friday, April 20.

For updated information regarding event, details, participants, and collaborations, please visit the Facebook Event.

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