Playwright Lauren Gunderson
Photo by Kirsten Lara Getchell

First up: Lauren Gunderson’s provocative Natural Shocks gets four weeks of staged readings at the Fountain, each weekend spearheaded by a different theater company, and featuring a different set of actors each week, cast by the Fountain Theatre, Rogue Machine, Echo Theater Company, and Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble.

In addition to the Fountain, Rogue Machine, Echo Theater Company and Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble will cast performances of this darkly hilarious tour-de-force by the most-produced playwright in America.

Based on Hamlet‘s “To be or not to be” soliloquy, Natural Shocks 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 America in your very lap.

All of the readings will be directed by Ebony Repertory Theatre associate artistic director Andi Chapman.

The series will take place from January 12 through February 3, 2019:

Saturdays at 8 pm:

  • Jan. 12 (Fountain)
  • Jan. 19 (Rogue Machine)
  • Jan. 26 (Echo)
  • Feb. 2 (Lower Depth)

Sundays at 2 pm:

  • Jan. 13 (Fountain)
  • Jan. 20 (Rogue Machine)
  • Jan. 27 (Echo)
  • Feb. 3 (Lower Depth)