FRIENDS WITH GUNS

You think you know your friends, your neighbors, your spouse, but what happens when you suddenly find out they have a garage full of guns? This new dark comedy explores the complicated issue of gun proliferation when two young liberal couples are forced to confront their assumptions about who should own a gun and why. The time of easy answers regarding this issue is long gone. In the wake of current events, we...
You think you know your friends, your neighbors, your spouse, but what happens when you suddenly find out they have a garage full of guns? This new dark comedy explores the complicated issue of gun proliferation when two young liberal couples are forced to confront their assumptions about who should own a gun and why. The time of easy answers regarding this issue is long gone. In the wake of current events, we are all forced to reexamine our strongly held beliefs about gun ownership. Friends With Guns explores the question of what we can compartmentalize…and what we can’t. It examines what happens when guns enter the conversation. It pulls the curtain back on liberals with guns. It asks what happens when suddenly one person in a marriage does a 180 on the gun issue. And it does all of this through a female lens.
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FRIENDS WITH GUNS

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  • Eric Rudnick:
    4 Nov. 2020
    This play is loaded with everything that makes for great theatre. Each of the four characters comes fully to life with attitudes and opinions, yet heavily burdened by things they thought they knew about themselves and the world at large. One of this piece's great strengths is that it gives no reassurances to anyone, no matter the stand on the issues beforehand. Make time for one of those great post-show discussions after seeing this play - you'll have plenty to talk about.
  • Jerry Polner:
    12 Apr. 2020
    Stephanie Alison Walker pushes all the buttons in our head that make us recoil when we meet people who disagree with us about firearms in America. This brilliant play hits so hard because it’s not about the policy. It’s about the people. Read it!
  • Michael Shutt:
    26 Mar. 2020
    Friends With Guns achieves the near impossible.It's a play about a huge, timely, and contentious issue that makes you forget you're watching an Issue Play. Walker's strength lies in telling her story in the most microcosmic and human way possible. She focuses on her characters, not the issue. She gives us four rich, complicated, and completely relatable characters, that at first you think you know, but who eventually reveal themselves to be not so easily pegged. The only thing more surprising than the ending was the fact that I walked away from this questioning my own beliefs.

Character Information

  • SHANNON
    late 30s/ early 40s,
    Any race / ethnicity.
    ,
    Female
    Stressed out mom to two young boys (2 & 5.) Liberal. Suffers from anxiety of the 'everything-needs-to-be-perfect-and-especially-I-need-to-be-perfect variety. She has a lot of fear that stops her in life. Wouldn't even know how to be begin to re-claim her power though she wants to. She's a great mom, but shackled by the expectations of what a "great mom" should be. So though she is one, she never feels like it. Realtor. Married to Josh.
  • LEAH
    late 30s/early 40s,
    Any race
    ,
    Female
    Wicked smart hippie/boho/punk mom who surfs and does yoga, is a self-proclaimed mathlete and is handy with a table saw and knitting needles. She seems to know the secrets of the universe. She is an empath and a connector. She's a deep eye contact kind of woman who really sees you and doesn't judge. Truly.
  • JOSH
    late 30s/ early 40s,
    White
    ,
    Male
    Liberal democrat. Married to Shannon. Father to their two boys. Is the main bread winner. Works a decent but boring job (Data scientist at Hulu.) Has a great sense of humor. Is pretty self-aware, for the most part. Fancies himself a feminist. Knows deep down that he has an unhealthy relationship with his smart phone but would never admit that to his wife. Everybody loves Josh.
  • DANNY
    late 30s/early 40s,
    Any person of color
    ,
    Male
    Exudes a laid-back coolness that is ingrained in his DNA. This man was just born that way. He is a former shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays. Grew up in Montana. Owns his own old-fashioned printing press. Distills his own whiskey. Fly fishes. And can really rock a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. He is cool and it comes easy. He is not trying, NOT ever trying to be cool. He just is. Some people might wrongly assume he's a hipster. He's not a hipster. Don't ever call him that. He's pre-hipster. He's DANNY.

Development History

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Chapel Theatre Collective - Milwaukie, Oregon
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    The Road Theatre Company - Los Angeles, CA
    ,
    2019

Awards

Winner
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BEST PLAY OF THE YEAR
,
Valley Theatre Awards
,
2019
Semi-Finalist
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Downstage Left Residency
,
Stage Left
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2017