Natural Shocks

A Staged Reading Of:

By Lauren Gunderson

Based on Hamlet’s “To be or not to be,” NATURAL SHOCKS 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 American in your very lap. The play is part confessional, part stand up, and part reckoning.

Sunday April 22, 2018

All proceeds to benefit: Moms Demand Action

Following the reading, you’ll hear from Michele Mueller, Local Group Lead for Moms Demand Action in Cincinnati, who will speak a bit about the work their organization is doing to demand action from legislators, companies, and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms. Joining her will be Hamilton County Democratic activist and volunteer, Ethel Guttenberg, whose granddaughter Jaime Guttenberg was one of the 17 students and teachers killed in the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

What is this project?

This is a national campaign of theater activism against gun violence. Modeled on her Inauguration Day 2017 project with her play "The Taming", Lauren Gunderson is making her new play "Natural Shocks" available for regional and community theaters, colleges, and high schools to produce readings the weekend of April 20, 2018, the 19th anniversary of Columbine and the day of the National School Walkout. She is waving royalties for these readings so that the proceeds can benefit organizations such as Moms Demand Action.

To learn more about this project and to see which theaters across the United States are participating, click the button below.

Featuring: Corinne Mohlenhoff

Corinne Mohlenhoff* (Ensemble, Seventeenth Season) is from New Jersey and has had the pleasure of working for various Cincinnati area theatres. Most recently, she was seen at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in Emma as well as at Know Theatre as the Handmaid in Joe Stollenwerk’s stage adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. She has also performed at ETC in Rapture, Blister, Burn and Collected Stories. Favorite roles at CSC include Rosalind in As You Like It, Amanda in Private Lives, Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Laura in The Glass Menagerie. Corinne thanks her parents for all their love and support. She is immensely proud of her amazingly talented husband and adores her role as mom to her wonderful son and daughter.

*Member of Actor's Equity

Hamlet, Act III Scene 1

To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die—to sleep,
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to: 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd.