The Gun Show

The Gun Show, by EM Lewis

The Gun Show, by EM Lewis

Solo show for one male actor, to be performed with the playwright.  (Entirely solo version also available.)

60 minutes

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 relationship with firearms in “The Gun Show.”  An actor shares Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime as if they were his 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?”

World premiere at 16th Street Theater in Chicago in the summer of 2014, directed by Kevin Christopher Fox, and starring Juan Francisco Villa.  Nominated for a Jeff Award for Best Solo Show!

Playwright EM Lewis and actor Juan Francisco Garcia in the world premiere of "The Gun Show" at 16th Street Theater in Chicago in 2014.

Playwright EM Lewis and actor Juan Francisco Villa in the world premiere of “The Gun Show” at 16th Street Theater in Chicago in 2014.

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

“3 Stars!” -Chicago Tribune

Christopher Yustin in an early presentation of "The Gun Show" at Emerging Artists Theater in New York City, directed by Pete Boisvert.

Christopher Yustin in an early presentation of “The Gun Show” at Emerging Artists Theater in New York City, directed by Pete Boisvert.

West Coast Premiere at Moving Arts in Los Angeles in fall 2014, directed by Darin Anthony, and featuring Chuma Gault.

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Chuma Gault stars in “The Gun Show” by EM Lewis at Moving Arts in Los Angeles, in its west coast premiere.

“GO! The drama’s life-changing moments evoke a here-and-now immediacy, not easily forgotten.”

-LA Weekly

The Gun Show Los Angeles 2014 - small poster

January/February 2015 — “The Gun Show” at Passage Theater in Trenton

Upcoming east coast premiere production at Passage Theater in Trenton, NJ, directed by Damon Bonetti and featuring Trent Blanton.  January/February 2015.

Readings, Awards and Development:

  • Workshopped in Emerging Artists Theater’s One Man Talking Series in Spring 2013 — New York, NY
  • Reading at the 2013 Dramatists Guild Conference — Chicago, IL
  • Reading at Cornelia Street Cafe — New York, NY
  • Workshopped at Moving Arts – Los Angeles, CA