I received an email recently from Playwrights Foundation, one of the top playwright development organizations in the country. Playwrights Foundation is based in San Francisco and has been a new play launch pad home for playwrights to explore, create, and collaborate for 40 years. I attend some of their Rough Readings, and their annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival in the summer.   The email I received this week was mostly about Lauren Gunderson — one of the Bay Area and the country’s most well-known and produced playwrights. In addition to recently winning a prestigious new play award, Lauren is about to launch a fascinating anti-gun violence project called “Natural Shocks”. Because time is of the essence (and they wrote it so well), I asked Playwrights Foundation for permission to copy their email. Here it is:

Playwright Lauren Gunderson

Playwright Lauren Gunderson

Please join us in congratulating Lauren on her (2nd!) American Theater Critics Association/Steinberg New Play Award for “Book of Will” – commissioned, developed and produced by the Denver Theatre Center. This is Lauren’s second ATCA / Steinberg first place award – quite an astonishing accomplishment.

"Book of Will"

“Book of Will”


Lauren is a Playwrights Foundation alumni and a representative for playwrights on our board. She was named the most produced playwright in America by American Theatre Magazine in 2017.

Next stop for the “Book of Will” is Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Check out Lauren’s fundraising project for anti-gun violence and gun violence prevention in cities across the nation.
This is a national campaign of theater activism against gun violence. 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 waiving royalties for these readings and, in exchange, she asks that events raise money to address gun violence.

Directed by Tracy Ward and featuring Kathryn Zdan.
This staged reading will be presented on April 21 at the BACT Berkeley Center, 2055 Center Street, as a fundraiser for Moms Demand Action / Everytown for Gun Safety.

Join Lauren on April 23 at the Minetta Lane Theater, 18 Minetta Lane, and witness the incomparable Kathy Najimy reading her new play. All proceeds will be donated to the Ms. Foundation for Women, designated specifically to address domestic violence and gun violence.

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So, catch a reading of Natural Shocks if you can and support Playwrights Foundation.     P.S.  Check out for more information    -skf

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