The Gun Show

by  E. M. Lewis

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m or f

From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, playwright E. M. Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in The Gun Show.

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The Gun Show

by  E. M. Lewis

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

In The Gun Show, award-winning playwright E. M. Lewis tells the story of America’s relationship with guns through the prism of her own personal experiences. From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, an actor shares Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime as if they were his or her own, with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, The Gun Show jumps into the middle of the gun control debate and asks, “Can we have a conversation about this?”

The solo version of the play requires only a single actor. The role was conceived for a man to play, but you may cast a woman or non-binary actor in this role if desired. In the duo version of the play, the actual playwright – E. M. Lewis – sits out in the audience, and the actor playing the Playwright occasionally interacts with her, as indicated in the script. (The duo version of the play is only available for licensing by special request, depending upon the availability of Ms. Lewis to participate.)

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Reviews

“Human, bold, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always honest.” - New City

"The drama’s life-changing moments evoke a here-and-now immediacy, not easily forgotten.” - LA Weekly

“Compact yet high-caliber theatrical, a short one-hour blast of personal recollection, rhetoric and genuinely conflicted questioning.” - Oregon Arts Watch

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)

Casting

1m or f
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Casting Notes

The role of the Playwright was conceived for a man to play, but you may cast a woman or non-binary actor in this role if desired.

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Authors

E. M. Lewis

EM Lewis is a playwright, librettist, and teacher of playwriting.  She was a finalist for the 2014 Shakespeare's Sister Fellowship, and received a 2012 Fellowship in Playwriting from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, and the 2010‐2011 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton ...

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