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See Natural Shocks at UO
April 21 • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm• Free
Earth Day weekend is upon us. But it’ll also be 19 years since the Columbine High School massacre — and May 21 will be 20 years since the Thurston High School’s shooting — occurred. Natural Shocks, by Lauren Gunderson, mobilizes theater activism to combat gun violence. The one-woman-show, based on Hamlet’s famed quotation, “To be, or not to be,” begins when the audience meets a woman in her basement waiting for a tornado to pass through her town. During the 65-minute production, the audience hears her quirks, her stories and confessions. However, it’s in the final secret when there is an announcement of the reality of guns in America. Gunderson made this production royalty-free for the weekend for the nation to observe the 19th anniversary of Columbine, as well as the day of National School Walkout. Gunderson requested that all productions of the play must benefit a local nonprofit that addresses gun violence. The UO production team selected Womenspace, which works to prevent domestic violence through outreach and education. “More than half of women are killed by guns,” Julie Weismann, Womenspace CEO, says. “This is a nationwide epidemic that needs attention.”
Natural Shocks begins 12:30 pm Saturday, April 21. This event is FREE and donations will be accepted to benefit Womenspace. — Henry Houston