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Staged Reading: NATURAL SHOCKS by Lauren Gunderson

April 5, 2018

NATURAL SHOCKS by Lauren Gunderson

directed by Kisha Jarrett

performed by Lauren Bloom Hanover

Natural Shocks is 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.

Staged reading on Friday, April 20
Alder Stage | 7.30pm 

Event is FREE, and all proceeds raised benefit March for our Lives and Everytown for Gun Safety.

Reserve your tickets here!

Learn more about the show here!


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About Lauren Gunderson

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 was released by Two Lions / Amazon in May 2017. and @LalaTellsAStory.


About Lauren Bloom Hanover

Lauren Bloom Hanover is thrilled to be a part of this important day of theatre activism around the country here in Portland. New York credits include The Sea (The Actors Company Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire, The Seagull (Columbia Stages), and Second (Studio 12 Ensemble). Regionally she has worked with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep, Capital Stage, Shotgun Players, and Just Theatre. Portland performance credits include In the Next Room, or the vibrator play at Profile Theatre, as well as staged readings with Artists Rep and Portland Shakespeare Project. She looks forward to appearing in Miss Gunderson's The Taming at CoHo Productions in the fall. A big thank you to Kisha and the Artists Rep staff for this collaboration!

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About Kisha Jarrett

Kisha Jarrett is a writer, director, actor, storyteller, and baker. She was the winner of the Portland GrandSLAM in November. In 2014, her short film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in the 30 Filmmakers to Watch under 35. Theatrical directing credits include; After (Tandem), Men at Work (Barhoppers); and co-director on Les Miserables and City of Angels (Live Arts). Favorite theatre acting roles include; Bebe Benzenheimer in A Chorus Line, Announcer/Host in devised piece Fight Night, Cavale in Cowboy Mouth, and Lisa in Debbie Does Dallas the Musical. She has also appeared in episodes of Gossip Girl, Portlandia, Hannibal, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.



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