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Natural Shocks

By Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Debbie Swann

Premieres March 19, 2021. Available on-demand March 19–26, 2021

50% of all ticket sales and all donations will benefit Crossroads Safehouse in Fort Collins.

CONTENT WARNING: Domestic Abuse, Gun Violence

Based on Hamlet’s “to be or not to be” soliloquy, Natural Shocks is a 60-minute-one-woman-tour de-force, that emphasizes the need for taking action in times of crisis.

Available on-demand March 19–26, 2021

Produced in Partnership with Playhaus Productions

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"Gunderson’s Natural Shocks raises important points about the need to take action in times of crises." - DC Metro Theatre Arts

The Story

“How is this happening? Not here! Not me! Well it seems it’s here and it’s me and it’s getting very windy out there.” Hunkered down in  her basement, Angela is awaiting an impending tornado. Trapped, she holds us captive as she reminisces and reflects on her life leading to this moment.  Ultimately divulging  the truth behind the storm she is weathering. 

The Experience

Join us for our first ever virtual production hosted on the streaming platform ShowTix4U. This performance is pre-recorded and available on-demand March 19-26.

You can only view this On-Demand event between Friday, March 19, 2021 12:00 AM - Saturday, March 27, 2021 12:00 AM (America/Denver).

  • You will have access to the content for 48 hours from the time you start watching.
  • You will need to start watching on a computer or mobile device (Recommended browsers). If you are looking to watch on a TV, you can learn more here.
  • You will receive an email with a link following your purchase. Only one device can use the link at a time.

The Creator

Lauren Gunderson is a playwright, screenwriter and short story author from Atlanta, GA. She received her BA in English/Creative Writing at Emory University, and her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch, where she was also a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship.

She was named the most produced playwright in America by American Theatre Magazine in 2017 and 2019.

"...a compelling play on important and topical themes." – TheatreScene

Crossroads Safehouse

In honor of our commitment to Fighting for Community, 50% of all ticket sales will directly benefit Crossroads Safehouse here in Fort Collins.

Crossroads Safehouse has been providing shelter, outreach and prevention in the Fort Collins area for 40 years.

Crossroads assists victims of domestic violence with emergency shelter, food, clothing and medical care during their stay. They are open 24/7/365, and residents are able to stay a maximum of eight-weeks.

They also serve non-resident clients with outreach advocacy. Individuals and families reach out through their crisis line, which is answered by a trained advocate who will assist with safety planning, trauma informed care and advocacy.

Special Support Provided by O'Dell Brewing

O'Dell Brewing has partnered with OpenStage to sponsor our popular Fab Friday performances. Fab Friday performances offer a discounted ticket option that includes a can of beer at our Essential Season performances.

For Natural Shocks, O'Dell has offered to match up to $2,000 of our total donation to Crossroads Safehouse!


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Producing Sponsor

Natural Shocks is sponsored by The Law Office of Stephen Vertucci.

The Law Office of Stephen Vertucci, LLC was created with one mission: to protect families. In doing so, Stephen’s focus is to help Mothers and Fathers try to resolve their family law matters in the most dignified, cost effective, low conflict way possible. However, if the opposing party is being unfair, unreasonable, or is a threat to you or your children’s safety, Stephen Vertucci is a former felony prosecutor and family law attorney with 15 years of experience who can litigate your case all the way to trial to protect your interests.