Theatre Faculty Participate in World Premiere Reading of Lauren Gunderson's "Natural Shocks"

Faculty from the School of Theatre and Dance will present a world premiere reading of Lauren Gunderson's "Natural Shocks" on Thurs., April 19 as part of a national activism campaign against gun violence. The reading, taking place at 7:00 p.m. in Room 306 of the Kent Student Center, is co-presented by Kent State's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Donations will be taken following the performance to benefit the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter.

"Natural Shocks," written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by professor Dr. Daniel-Raymond Nadon, is a 65-minute, tour-de-force play that finds one woman, portrayed by assistant professor Tosha Fowler, revealing dark truths as she waits out an imminent tornado in her basement. Based on Hamlet's "To be or not to be," the play is part confessional, part stand up, and part reckoning that places the reality of guns in America in the audience's lap.

The production of this world premiere reading is made possible by Lauren Gunderson who has waived royalties for all readings taking place April 19-23, 2018 to raise awareness of gun violence and to raise money for gun violence awareness organizations.

Lauren Gunderson was 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. 


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POSTED: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 12:50pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 12:54pm