Natural Shocks

Friday, April 20th at 7PM at the Tempe Center for the Arts

On the 19th anniversary of  Columbine and the day of the National School Walkout, The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre and Tempe Center for the Arts will present a staged reading of Natural Shocks, a national campaign of theatre activism against gun violence written by Lauren Gunderson.

Based on Hamlet’s “To be or not to be,” Natural Shocks is a new 65-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. Visit for more info. 

Tracy Liz Miller, Co-Artistic Director of The Bridge Initiative and the recent recipient of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Innovative Teaching Award, will perform this challenging and poignant script under the direction of Rosie Close.  This will be her final performance in Arizona before she and her family relocate to the Northeast.

Natural Shocks will be presented on Friday, April 20th at 7PM at The Tempe Center for the Arts Carter Lounge, 700 W. Rio Salado Tempe, AZ 85281.  Tickets are free, but seating is limited.  Visit to reserve your seat.