[CHATHAM, NY] – Live theater returns to PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20-22 when The Actors’ Ensemble presents “The Gun Show” by E. M. Lewis. Leaning neither right nor left, the play jumps into the middle of the gun control debate and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?” This one-person play, starring Christopher Smith and directed by Robert Jordan, will be held at PS21’s new state-of-the-art black box theater, located at 2980 Route 66 in the town of Chatham.
“‘The Gun Show’ doesn’t take sides. It’s fair and aims to get people to talk to one another,” said director Robert Jordan. “It grapples with the place that guns have in our society. Is there some way to come to terms with their presence? How can we make them a bit safer? It’s not an all-or-nothing proposition, it’s an open and ongoing discussion.”
Award-winning playwright E. M. Lewis tells the story of America’s relationship with guns through the prism of her own personal experiences, from rural farming community to big city. “Like a lot of people, I’ve had a variety of experiences with guns and am conflicted about guns,” said playwright E. M. Lewis in a Portland Monthly interview. “This is not a far right or a far left play. This is a grappling with guns in American society…” “The Gun Show” premiered in Chicago in 2014, and has since been produced in more than a dozen theaters across the country. In addition, it was published in “The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016.”
Actor Christopher Smith first performed in Chatham as Orpheus in Walking the Dog Theatre’s production of “Eurydice.” More recently he co-developed and performed Henry James’ “Washington Square” with The Actors’ Ensemble. Other professional credits include work with Portland Center Stage, Florida Studio Theatre, Speakeasy Stage Company in Boston, The Lyric Theatre in Los Angeles; and many others. His television credits include “Orange is the New Black,” “The Blacklist,” and others.
Tickets for the “The Gun Show” are $25 general admission and $20 for PS21 members. Performances will be held at 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday, April 20-21 and 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 22. They can be purchased atwww.ps21chatham.org, by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the door until the show sells out. For more information about this event or any other, please visit ps21chatham.org or call (518) 392-6121.
Now residing in Columbia County, The Actors’ Ensemble was founded in 1985 in New York City by a group of professional actors who were inspired by the acting techniques taught by Michael Chekhov. The Ensemble has created and performed theater productions across the US, in Europe and in Russia.
PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is a not-for-profit organization in Chatham, NY, dedicated to the performing arts. PS21 seeks to serve a diverse community with concerts, programs and residencies by professional artists and ensembles, youth and children’s programming and cultural education opportunities for all ages.
The new black box theater is a flexible 40’x60’ performance space that is closed in the winter and seats up to 99. In warmer months, the east wall slides open and the black box theater transforms into the stage for the 300-seat open-air pavilion theater.
“The Gun Show” is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by PS21’s generous members.