Alliance for the Arts and Theatre Conspiracy presents EM Lewis’s celebrated play The Gun Show – opening September 7, 2016

GunShow with nameTheatre Conspiracy presents THE GUN SHOW, a new solo play by E.M. Lewis. The show received rave reviews and played extended runs in its two previous productions in Chicago and Los Angeles. In it, Miguel Cintron plays a surprising character who lays bare Americans’ complicated, contradictory feelings about guns, with a unique perspective that upends common criticisms from the opposite poles of the American political spectrum. THE GUN SHOW previews September 7 and opens September 8 at the Foulds Theatre in the Alliance for the Arts. Theatre Conspiracy’s Producing Artistic Director Bill Taylor will direct the show.

In five true stories that range from humorous and touching to harrowing and heartbreaking, THE GUN SHOW makes audiences on either side of the aisle realize there are no easy answers in the gun debate. “We have a problem with guns in America,” Lewis writes. “The problem is, we really, really like them.” In stories ranging from a nostalgic look at growing up in rural Oregon — where having a gun around the house is as normal as anything and learning to shoot is a familiar rite of passage — to life-changing episodes of gun violence, Lewis offers an unflinching look down the barrel at the America we live in today.

“Human, bold, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always honest.” —New City Stage

Performances are September 7 – 17, on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8PM with one Sunday matinee at 2PM on September 18.

Tickets for the Preview performance on Thursday, September 7 are $15. All other performances are $24 or $11 for students with proper ID. Thursday nights are “buy one get one half off.” For tickets, call 239-936-3239 or purchase online at Season subscription packages are also available. Buy 8 shows for $144 ($18 per ticket), 7 shows for $133 ($19 per ticket), 6 shows for $120 ($20 a ticket), or 5 shows for $110 ($22 per ticket).

Born and raised in rural Oregon where, for many, gun ownership is a treasured right, E.M. Lewis now lives on her family’s Pacific Northwest farm after spending some years in Los Angeles and New Jersey. She has developed work at a number of locales including PlayFest Santa Barbara in California and Emerging Artists Theater in New York City. Her plays include Song of Extinction, Infinite Black Suitcase, True Story, Heads, Reading to Vegetables and Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday. She received the 2012 Fellowship in Playwriting from the New Jersey Council for the Arts and the 2010‐2011 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University. Heads won the 2008 Primus Prize from the American Theater Critics Association.

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