Program

PROGRAM

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Produced by special arrangement with THE GERSH AGENCY

41 Madison Avenue, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10010

Any inquiries for the Play shall be sent to Leah Hamos, the Gersh Agency, lhamos@gersh.com


THE unUSUAL

  • Natural Shocks will run WITHOUT intermission
  • Grab drink or two at the door, donations encouraged!
  • Share, Like, Review... basically, do ALL the things to promote OPEN DOOR REP before and after the show!

THE USUAL

  • Turn off all cell phones & electronic devices, please.
  • No photo or video during the show
  • Learn about the CAST & CREW, the Writer and our FAVORITE people below
While you wait...donate!

100% of your donations tonight will be sent to CHILDREN & FAMILIES OF IOWA,

designated specifically to address domestic violence and gun violence.

So be charitable with cash, check or credit card at the door!


STARRING

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KERRY SKRAM

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KERRY is a company member with Iowa Stage Theater Company.  She most recently played Beatrice in A View From the Bridge.  Favorite roles include: Ivy in August: Osage County, Linda in Death of a Salesman, Kate in Broadway Bound, Rosemary in Outside Mullingar (StageWest) which earned her a Cloris Award nomination, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Rosalind in As You Like It, and Elinor in Sense and Sensibility, which she adapted for the stage and was recognized by Iowa State University’s English Department as Outstanding Alumna for her work.  KERRY also wrote a one-act, The Hashtag Me, Too in response to the national movement.  She helped organize Iowa Stage’s event, #MeToo: Time’s Up, Des Moines where her one-act was read and she moderated a panel of leading women in Des Moines who discussed the #MeToo movement.  KERRY holds a BA in English from ISU and an AA from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. Love to Ben, Sam, and Dempsey.

 
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DIRECTOR

GRACE HART was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She grew up knowing that all she wanted from life is to make people laugh or at least a smile on their face. She began fulfilling this dream by becoming a Pastry Chef to bring treats to all of the people of Des Moines. On her last day of culinary school she decided to become a non-sugar eating vegan meaning it was time to look for something else to help brighten the world around her. That something else turned out to be a communications and theater teacher. Alongside her plan to attend the University of Northern Iowa in the fall, Grace is baking at Scenic Route Bakery, instructing and coaching at Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping, reviewing every movie she sees on Instagram, and planning out the names of the 15 cats she will adopt after graduation.

 

WRITER

Lauren M. Gunderson is the most produced playwright in America of 2017, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award, the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, she is also a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The O’Neill, The Denver Center, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire and more.  She co-authored Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with Margot Melcon, which was one of the most produced plays in America in 2017. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit Pursued By A BearThe Taming, and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists (The Revolutionists, The Book of Will, Silent Sky, Bauer, Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon was be released from Two Lions / Amazon in May 2017. 


SPECIAL THANKS

 

To Elise Black

For being an amazing person, an extraordinary friend and for having a basement & blind trust in us to let us bring 60+ strangers into your home for a weekend. You are a true champion of OPEN DOOR REP and we thank you to infinity for your unparalleled enthusiasm and support. 


To YOU, who bought a ticket for tonight's show, donated a few bucks, enjoyed a drink and took a chance on a brand new, pop-up theatre company in Des Moines after seeing Facebook ads for weeks...thank YOU!!  

To everyone who offered to promote OPEN DOOR REP on your websites, podcasts, radio shows, morning TV shows or just plain shared us with friends...

You're the BEST and we thank you dearly!


To Maxwell, Karen, Joe, Mary, Charlie, Megan, Marnie, Nick, Lyndsy; the members of the first Round Table...
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all your support...of our Mission, of our Artistic Vision and of our First & Future Shows. OPEN DOOR REP would not be on the map without your kindness, generosity, feedback and swift kicks to the ass!
— Josh & April

a NOTE from the PLAYWRIGHT

I was a junior in high school when Columbine happened in 1999 and it spurred me into activism instantly. I wrote an op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution shaming the NRA and their spokesman Charlton Heston, who were holding their annual conference only an hour away from that mourning community. I organized a student protest at the GA statehouse; I went to Washington to speak to my Senators. I was berated by our local conservative radio talk shows: called ignorant, naive, and unAmerican. I was 17, a teenager like all those amazing kids in Parkland who are taking up the cause of their lost classmates and making the biggest difference in this issue I’ve seen in my lifetime.

Nineteen years later here we are, another school shooting, but finally a freshly invigorated and seemingly unstoppable movement brewing. I happened to be working on a new one-woman play based a bit on Hamlet - called Natural Shocks - about a quirky, chatty woman with a dark truth she needs to share. I was just starting to send it out to trusted colleagues when the Parkland school shooting happened. And I saw how brave and tireless and convincing these kids were in saying “no more gun violence.” And then I read that the most vocal of them were theatre kids.

So instead of closing my eyes and thinking back to being a junior and watching the news in horror curing my AP US History class and thinking those poor mothers and please god someone do something about this... I posted a query on facebook asking for help with this play in the wake of this new violence. My friend and fellow theatre activist Christina Wallace reached out immediately, read the piece, and said “Let’s do this.”

So now the play is yours. Whoever you are. On April 20th, read it, experience it, use it to raise money for Everytown or Mom’s Demand Action. Use it to start conversations, to build networks of support, to gather people and give them some place to go to congregate and say enough.

Of course, to contradict Hamlet, the play is not the thing. You are. Your community, your company, yourself. Any play is just the metal that attracts the lightning. We are the lightning - actor, artistic team, audience, community. We are the undeniable force of nature that will light up this darkness and change it forever.

On April 20th, whether you can produce a reading, attend an event, march with the National Walk Out protest, or donate in any way...
Let’s do this.
— Lauren