Natural Shocks-A National Campaign of Theatre Activism Against Gun Violence

NATURAL SHOCKS is a new, unpublished play by Lauren Gunderson. Based on Hamlet’s “To be or not to be,” NATURAL SHOCKS is a 65-minute, one-woman tour-de-force play that bursts to life when we meet a woman waiting out an imminent tornado in her basement. She overflows with quirks, stories, and a final secret that puts the reality of guns in American in your very lap. The play is part confessional, part stand-up, and part reckoning.
Lauren has waived royalties for readings the weekend of April 20, 2018 to raise awareness of gun violence and raise money for Everytown For Gun Safety.
April 20, 2018 is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting and the day the Parkland, Florida students are organizing a National School Walkout.

Lauren Gunderson has been named America’s Most Produced Playwright by American Theatre magazine in 2018 (and was #2 on the same list in 2017). She has had more than 20 plays produced and is known for writing “witty historical dramas about women in science, giddy political comedies, and wildly theatrical explorations of death and legacy” in the words of the New Yorker. NATURAL SHOCKS is no exception.
As she told American Theatre Magazine just after the 2016 election, “The communal embrace of theatre was always an ancient way of processing politics, society, and great change. I believe it still is.”

There are 26 confirmed readings across 15 states, and Y-Not Theatre is honored to be one of the theatre organizations selected to present this important play. For up-to-date information go to www.naturalshocks.org

Nationwide producers of this project include Leah Hamos, theatrical agent at The Gersh Agency; Corinne Hayoun, head of the NY office of MANAGE-MENT; and Christina Wallace, tech entrepreneur, arts producer, and political organizer.
The local producer of this project is Y-Not Theatre with the support of Flowspace Yoga.