NATURAL SHOCKS by Lauren Gunderson


Place: Vagabond School of the Arts
Address: 4001 N Ravenswood, 5th Floor
Date/Time: Friday, April 20 at 7:30pm

Donations accepted for Strides for Peace

Directed by Carol Ann Tan
Featuring Adrienne Matzen

About the show: Based on Hamlet's "To be or not to be," Natural Shocks is a new 60-minute, one-woman tour-de-force play that bursts to life when we meet a woman waiting out an imminent tornado in her basement. She overflows with quirks, stories, and a final secret that puts the reality of guns in America in your very lap. The play is part confessional, part stand up, and part reckoning.

About the movement: This is a national campaign of theater activism against gun violence. Modeled on her Inauguration Day 2017 project with her play The Taming, Lauren Gunderson is making her new play NATURAL SHOCKS available for regional and community theaters, colleges, and high schools to produce readings the weekend of April 20, 2018, the 19th anniversary of Columbine and the day of the National School Walkout. For more info visit:

About Strides for Peace: Strides for Peace is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 2014 in response to the shockingly high incidence of gun violence that takes place throughout Chicago each year. Our purpose is to identify and financially assist local Community Partners who have achieved demonstrable success in an array of strategies and programs needed to reduce violence and improve life outcomes, including mentoring, sports and recreations, arts, education, job and career preparation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and leadership development. For ore info visit: