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Up Next: The Gun Show

Text: The Gun Show by EM Lewis superimposed over a woman's hand holding a polaroid of a man in the woods with a shotgun.

From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, playwright EM Lewis takes aim at her own complicated relationship with firearms in The Gun Show. Join us for a unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime. Poignant yet comedic, this surprisingly-intimate and brutally honest show leans neither right nor left and jumps into the middle of the debate and asks: “Can we have a conversation about this?”

While firearms-related suicides continue to spike in Minnesota and across the country, partisan gridlock has largely blocked new policies that might reverse the trend. The diverging cultures of rural and urban America foster starkly different attitudes towards guns, further complicating efforts to find common ground. Against this backdrop, EM Lewis’ deeply personal stories give a human voice to both sides of a complicated issue.

Combustible Company’s co-artistic director, Kym Longhi (The Imaginary Invalid, Bluebeard’s Dollhouse, Herocycle), directs this hard-hitting production. The creative team also includes sound design by Jake Davis, lighting design by Cody Biggerstaff, and video design by Jim Peitzman (The Imaginary Invalid, Bluebeard’s Dollhouse, Herocycle).

Two weekends only! March 15th though 24th at the Off-Leash Art Box in South Minneapolis. General admission tickets $15-30 on a sliding scale.

Monday, March 18th's performance is pay-what-you-can. Thursday, March 21st's performance will be ASL-interpreted and audio-described and features a panel discussion afterwards.


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About the Actor

The Gun Show features Ian Bivins. Ian first arrived in Minneapolis in 2003 to study with Kari Margolis and joined the Margolis-Brown Adaptor Company not long after. He spent the next decade teaching and performing with the company and is currently the Executive Director of the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth in Bellingham, WA. Ian is excited to bring this vital work to the city that helped spawn his professional career.

About the Playwright

EM Lewis is an award-winning playwright, teacher, and librettist. She received the Steinberg Award for Song of Extinction and the Primus Prize for Heads from the American Theater Critics Association, the Ted Schmitt Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for outstanding writing of a world premiere play, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a playwriting fellowship from the New Jersey State Arts Commission, and the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. She was a finalist for the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship in 2014. She has worked with theater companies and arts organizations across the country on her plays, including the Lark, the William Inge Center for the Arts, the Ashland New Plays Festival, Page 73, and many more.

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