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Stage a reading of Lauren Gunderson’s THE TAMING on Inauguration Day for free

A message and special Inauguration Day offer from playwright Lauren Gunderson.

tamingWith the sea change in America already swirling I thought “Write, girl! Write!” But then I thought “I think you already wrote about this. And Playscripts already published it. And it’s called The Taming.” In 2013 I wrote The Taming, an all-female political farce for Crowded Fire Theatre to unpack the deep frustration of a divided and obstructionist patriarchy, to laugh with the painful truth about extremism on both sides, to toy with our country’s history and wrestle with its foundational imperfections, and to make manifest a dream of reason and understanding prevailing in America.

That feels more necessary now than 3 years ago, or even 3 months ago with the fantastic productions of this play across the country including at Shakespeare & Co, Circle Theatre, Drama Tech, and Marin Shakespeare.

So any theatre company, group, or band of ragtag persons who want to stage a reading of The Taming on Inauguration Day 2017 can do so for free, with thanks to Playscripts, Inc.! In a theatre, in a house, on a street. It’s on us. I’m doing a reading that will raise money to benefit the ACLU. Which organization might you choose to help?

Here’s how:

1) Read the play for free online here:
2) Place an order for the rights and select an “offline” form of payment (check or purchase order)
3) Email and tell them that your reading is a part of the Inauguration Day project and you will not be charged
4) Gather, read, laugh, rage, post pics

I believe that stories well told can accomplish a pretty magical feat: transporting us into the hearts and minds of others. Stories offers us the chance to flex the superpowers of empathy, understanding, connection across experience, and the amplification of often silenced voices. Stories also remind us of the power of joy, hope, and humor in the face of division and conflict. And stories can fire us up for the work of fighting the good fight. Theatre specifically requires us to show up and participate in the story and feel the particular power of congregation as well as catharsis. The communal embrace of theatre was always an ancient way of processing politics, society, and great change. I believe it still is.

—Lauren Gunderson

gundersonLauren Gunderson is a playwright, screenwriter and short story author from Atlanta, GA. She received her BA in English/Creative Writing at Emory University, and her  MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch, where she was also a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. She was named the most produced living playwright in America by American Theatre Magazine in 2016, was awarded the 2016 Lanford Wilson Award from the Dramatist Guild, and was awarded the prestigious 2014 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for her play, I and You (also a Susan Smith Blackburn Blackburn and John Gassner Award finalist). That play was an NNPN Rolling World Premiere that started at Marin Theatre Company and has seen over 40 productions nationwide. She is also a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company . . . Read Full Bio.




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