Natural Shocks Press Release – April 4, 2018

Valley Players to Present Staged Reading to Benefit Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

On April 22, Valley Players and the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater will proudly present a staged reading of Lauren Gunderson’s new play Natural Shocks as part of a national campaign of theater activism against gun violence.

NAPA, CA, APRIL 4, 2018 – Coinciding with the weekend of the National School Walkout, this funny and devastating one-woman play is part of a nation-wide theatre activism campaign against gun violence. Nearly eighty theatres across the country will host readings, and donations for this electric performance by Valley Players’ own June Alane Reif will go to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

This never before seen work, is a 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.

Lauren Gunderson has been named America’s Most Produced Playwright by American Theatre magazine in 2018 and was number two on that same list in 2017. She has had more than 20 plays produced and is known for writing “witty historical dramas about women in science, giddy political comedies, and wildly theatrical explorations of death and legacy” in the words of the ‘New Yorker’. Natural Shocks is no exception.

Natural Shocks is generously hosted by the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center and performed at the Lincoln Theatre in Yountville, at 4:00pm on April 22. Suggested donation at the door is $20. Tickets avaiable at


About Valley Players
Founded in 2016, Valley Players is a community-based group from the Napa Valley. Their focus is to produce quality affordable theater from plays of both the classic and contemporary genres that provide roles both on-stage and off for women over 40. Naturally, they will also have roles for men and younger women, but they strive to include as many women as possible in each aspect of theatrical production – from writing to acting to directing to design and much more.

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