Encore Michigan

Natural Shocks Staged Reading 04/20–04/21

This show ended 4/21/2018

DETROIT / ANN ARBOR—Matrix Theatre and Theatre NOVA, will join Lauren Gunderson in producing free Readings of her new play, Natural Shocks as part of a national campaign of theater activism against gun violence. Theaters, universities, high schools, and community groups across the country will stage readings of the unpublished play to raise money for gun control and domestic violence nonprofits.

With the images from Stoneman Douglas High School fresh in the nation’s collective mind, and millions of voices rising in unison to demand sensible legislation on gun control now, these two local professional theaters are joining the cause by taking part in the National Campaign Of Theater Activism Against Gun Violence, taking place across the country April 19-23, 2018. The timing is intentional: April 20 is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting and the day of the National School Walkout, organized by the student activists in Parkland, Florida. Professional theaters, universities, high schools, and community groups are pairing their readings with town halls, audience talkbacks, and fundraisers for nonprofits like Everytown For Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action.

Matrix Theatre’s reading will take place on Friday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m., Theatre NOVA’s will take place on Saturday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m. Both readings will feature local professional actress Julia Glander and will be directed by David Wolber. NOVA’s reading will benefit the Washtenaw Chapter of Moms Demand Action, Matrix’s will benefit Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. Both readings will feature a discussion about gun control issues and a reception with the actor and director.

Photo: Lauren Gunderson

Show Times

  • Apr 20, 2018

    5:30 pm

    At Matrix Theatre

  • Apr 21, 2018

    2:00 pm

    At Theatre Nova

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Detroit, MI 48216