Natural Shocks

October 28-November 25
World Premiere by Lauren Gunderson directed by May Adrales

A darkly hilarious solo tour-de-force where an unnamed woman is forced into her basement when she finds herself in the path of a tornado. Trapped there, she spills over into confession, regret, long-held secrets, and giddy new love. But as the storm approaches, she becomes less and less sure where safety lies — and how best to defy the danger that awaits. Directed by the acclaimed May Adrales (Vietgone at Manhattan Theatre Club), Natural Shocks marks the highly-anticipated New York return of Lauren Gunderson, the most produced playwright in America today.


(Playwright) Lauren is the most produced playwright in America of 2017/18, two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award. She is also a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Coast Rep, The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The O’Neill, The Denver Center, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire and more and will soon be seen in London with Hampstead Theatre’s production of I and You in Fall 2018. She co-authored Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with Margot Melcon, which was one of the most produced plays in America in 2017. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You; Exit Pursued By A Bear; The Taming and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists Play Service (The Revolutionists; The Book of Will; Silent Sky; Bauer and Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon was released from Two Lions/Amazon in 2017.


(Director) May Adrales has directed over 25 world premieres across the US, including four productions of award-winning Vietgone. Her work has been seen at Lincoln Center Theater, Signature Theatre, Manhattan Theater Club, Second Stage Theatre, The Goodman Theater, South Coast Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Milwaukee Rep, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre, and Two River Theater.  She is proud to serve as Associate Artistic Director at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. She is a former Director of On-Site Programs at the Lark Play Development Center and Artistic Associate at The Public Theatre. MFA, Yale School of Drama; Drama League Fellow; WP, NYTW and Second Stage Directing Fellow.  She has directed and taught at Yale, Brown, NYU, Bard College, Juilliard and Fordham University.   She is the recipient of the 2018 Alan Schneider Directing Award.