The Gun Show
by E.M. Lewis
Thursdays-Saturdays, September 17-October 10, 8:00PM
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
In this celebrated solo show by E.M. Lewis, Peter Townley plays a surprising character who lays bare Americans’ complicated, contradictory feelings about guns, with a unique perspective that upends common harangues from the opposite poles of the political spectrum.
Telling five true stories that are by turns humorous, touching, harrowing, and heartbreaking, The Gun Show makes audiences 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. The show received rave reviews and played extended runs in its two previous productions, in Chicago and Los Angeles.