FRIENDS WITH GUNS by Stephanie Alison Walker..."One thing is certain. This is one gut-puncher of a play."
FRIENDS WITH GUNS
By Stephanie Alison Walker
Playing at The Road Theatre Company
March 15th - May 5th
"This play is about guns, yes. But it’s also about human beings. It’s about women. It’s about control. It’s about power dynamics in marriage. It’s about listening. It’s about what most divides us and what we fear most. It’s about parenthood, motherhood, marriage, violence, kinship, loneliness and fear. It’s about all of that and more. My objective with Friends With Guns is to inspire audiences to listen newly about a terrifying and divisive issue- no matter which side of the issue they identify- because without listening, the conversation can never evolve. Without listening, there is no conversation. "
Playwright, Stephanie Alison Walker
Stephanie Alison Walker’s Friends With Guns provides no easy answers to our nation’s ongoing Red State Blue State debate. What it does do is present both sides’ arguments so provocatively, your response may well be as visceral as mine.
One thing is certain. This is one gut-puncher of a play.
Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA
FRIENDS WITH GUNS is definitely as fascinating psychological study of ideas, opinions, stress, and marital expectations.
In her enthralling new play, Stephanie Alison Walker artfully inverts liberal expectations for a revisionist drama centered on the nation’s gun debate.
F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times
Friends with Guns is no facile or polemic piece of theatre; rather it shows flaws in the knee-jerk thought of some liberals regarding the issue of guns. In that way, the play comes down hard on certain extreme anti-gun notions, while leaving untouched, save for a slide show near the climax of the play, the very real horror of the damage done, with New Zealand the latest example. Friends With Guns is one of those plays that will prompt discussion on the way home from the theatre; at least it did in this audience member’s car ride.
Paul Myrvold, Paul Myrvold's Theatre Notes
I loved this play. The characters are bold and beautifully written. The yin and the yang of them all give this piece a simple clear truth and a strikingly honest glimpse into what we really think of each other and how deep the damage can go.
Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros, NOHO Arts District
Walker cleverly constructs her play to make it not so much about the facts surrounding gun ownership per se—such as the increased likelihood that someone with a gun in the house is more likely to die from a gun than someone without a gun in the house, not to mention the horrifying national epidemic of gun fatalities—but more about the visceral emotions we attach to gun ownership. And she also shrewdly puts the main arguments—the emotional ones—in the personae of the women, leaving the men to duke it out on the Second Amendment level.
Eric Gordon, People's World
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