© 2019 by Chimera Ensemble

Chimera Ensemble is proud to use the Chicago Theatre Standards.

Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson 


Alone in her basement, a woman waits out an approaching tornado. As she engages the audience about her plight, 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. Inspired by Hamlet's "To be or not to be," this tour-de-force play bursts with life. Chimera Ensemble and Theatre Lumina are proud to have joined forces to produce this staged reading as part of an ambitious national campaign of theater activism against gun violence, which took place from April 19-23, 2018 and involved royalty-free readings of Gunderson's new play taking place nationally. 


All profits from tickets sales went to Everytown for Gun Safety -- https://everytown.org/


Hannah Larson 

Jyreika Guest

Katlynn Yost*

Robin D. Chaplik

Mia Vivens

Nicole Fabbri*


Director: Monica Payne 

Stage Manager & Assistant Director: Jaime Gutfledt 

Tech: Martin Gutfeldt and Warren Wernick 

Poster artwork: Martin Gutfeldt

*denotes ensemble member

photos by Maureen Davies*

edited by Nicole Fabbri*