From Broadway World Portland
Following a sold out run last fall in Portland with CoHo Season 21, this hit co-production of The Gun Show by E.M. Lewis starring Vin Shambry will travel to the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival for 3 weeks this summer. Other tour locations in the US will raise support for this incredible opportunity to share a play about one Oregonian's personal gun stories in a "country full of gun stories" and generate civic conversation with an international audience. A video is now live, featuring footage and reviews from CoHo's hit production, and messages from the playwright and actor asking for support for this tour.
2017 Tour Dates for The Gun Show
July 1, 2017: Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland, OR
July 6-16, 2017: Logan Festival of Solo Performance; 1st Stage Theatre, Tysons, VA
August 4-28, 2017: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, presented by theSpace UK at SpaceTriplex Studio Theatre, 19 Hill Place, Edinburgh, EH8, UK
December 1-2, 2017: Willamette University Theatre, Salem, OR
ABOUT THE PLAY
Playwright E.M. Lewis sits with the audience while actor Vin Shambry shares her stories - just five gun stories in a country full of gun stories.
Her words. His voice. Our story.
She grew up in rural Oregon, where everyone has guns. She learned to shoot on a date. She worked at Jackson's Bookstore during an armed robbery, and once encountered a threatening cop in New York. And then there's the fifth story: the one that doesn't let go, the story that triggered this show.
The Gun Show takes aim at America's most dangerous past-time with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, it jumps into the middle of the gun control debate and asks "Can we have a conversation about this?"
Gun Talks will follow each performance. Audience members may share their own gun stories together with the artists and community members in a moderated conversation about issues raised in the production, including safety, violence, control and personal gun stories.
As part of The Gun Show, we believe in engaging young people in this critical conversation. To that end, every city we visit we will bring the production into local high schools free of charge as well as stops at colleges and universities. Young people have a unique and powerful perspective on guns in America, and we want to ensure they have the opportunity to speak and be heard.
"Seeing The Gun Show totally opened my eyes to an issue that I had never bothered to think about in more than one light. I saw it three times- once with my friends, once at school with classmates, and once with the general public, and each time, the conversation post show helped me to learn even more about the many ways we in America interact with guns." - Quinland, Wilson High School Senior
This touring production of The Gun Show, directed by Shawn Lee, featuring Vin Shambry premiered in Portland, OR in 2016 as part of CoHo Productions Season 21. The play premiered at 16th Street Theater in Chicago, directed by Kevin Christopher Fox and starring Juan Francisco Villa. It has since toured the US extensively, including Los Angeles, Denver, Berkeley, Tuscon, Tampa, Trenton, New York City, Bellingham, Richmond, Minneapolis, Santa Barbara and Fort Myers. It was developed at Moving Arts (LA), Emerging Artists Theater's One Man Talking Series (NY), Dramatists Guild Conference (Chicago) and Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC).
THE PLAYWRIGHT, E.M. Lewis
E.M. Lewis (Playwright, Performer) is a playwright and librettist. Recipient of the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the Steinberg Award (Song of Extinction) and Primus Prize (Heads) from the American Theater Critics Association, the Ted Schmitt Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. She was recently commissioned by the Kennedy Center to write a play for college students, called You Can See All the Stars. Her epic play Magellanica, which is set in Antarctica, will premiere at Artists Rep in Portland and her intimate play Apple Season will premiere at New Jersey Rep next season. Lewis is published by Samuel French, and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. She lives in Oregon. www.emlewisplaywright.com
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