UW-Whitewater Department of Theatre/Dance presents a staged reading of Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson. One of the hottest playwrights in the United States, Gunderson has waived fees for this staged reading, instead requesting that donations be taken at the door for an organization against gun violence. Please join us as faculty member Kymberly Mellen performs this staged reading.
DATE: April 20
PLACE: Barnett Theatre
by Lauren Gunderson
A new 65-minute, one-woman tour-de-force that bursts to life when we meet a woman waiting out an imminent tornado in her basement. She overflows with quirks and stories that brings the reality of guns in America to the forefront. Part confessional, part stand up, and part reckoning, the performance of NATURAL SHOCKS is a national campaign of theatre activism against gun violence that takes place on the 19th anniversary of Columbine.
About the playwright
Lauren M Gunderson is the most produced living playwright in America of 2016, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwrighting, 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 Coast Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog!), The O'Neill, The Denver Center, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Berkely Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, and more. She co-authored Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with Margot Melcon. Her work is published at Playscripts Inc. (I and You, Exit Pursued by a Bear, The Taming, and Toil and Trouble), Dramatists (Silent Sky, Bauer, Miss Bennet), and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr. Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon will be released from Two Lions / Amazon in May 2017. LaurenGunderson.com and @LalaTellsAStory.