Inspired by the words of Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy, Lauren Gunderson’s Natural Shocks is 60-minute, one-woman tour-de-force play that bursts to life when we meet Angela, who’s waiting out an approaching tornado in her basement. She brims over with quirks, stories, and confessions. As the real danger grows imminent, she reveals a final secret that brings the reality of guns in America into sharp focus. Cindy Bilby stars and Jeffrey Albright directs the production for Actors Collaborative Toledo–the area’s first staging of this provocative and meaningful play. Natural Shocks is part confessional, part stand-up, and part reckoning.
This is the touching story of a fisherman living on a remote Irish island who has fallen in love with a woman he’s glimpsed only once. Unschooled in letter writing, he tries his utmost to court by mail and after a year and a half succeeds in arranging a rendezvous at which, to his surprise, she persuades him to live with her in Liverpool. Their love affair ends when he is forced to return to a life he understands. Jeffrey Albright directs a staged reading of this play for The Toledo Repertoire Theatre.
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