Deeper Lecture hosted at Gibney Dance Center (NYC) on April 19, 2022
Work-in-progress performances to be presented at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble August 12 - 13, 2022
& Asian Arts Initiative August 19 - 20, 2022
THE GREAT AMERICAN GUNSHOW is an interview-based, community-driven project exploring American gun culture, gun violence and trauma, and the tension within our society over whether the “...right of the people to keep and bear Arms…” results in a further deterioration of our sense of safety. GUNSHOW will document, map, archive and reflect our collective experience through a series of theatrical presentations across the country, each imagined as a unique hybrid of a live performance and a local townhall meeting. GUNSHOW explores the humanity at the heart of the gun debate and invites participants to engage in a more nuanced discussion about guns in America by setting aside political polarization and asking a basic, essential question -- is there any hope for common ground?
Check out a video by lead artist Makoto Hirano and find out more about the project and our support from the National Performance Network by reading A Sense of Safety: Makoto Hirano on Assimilation, Fear, and Gun Reform
THE GREAT AMERICAN GUNSHOW is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, ASIAN ARTS INITIATIVE, and NPN. For more information: www.npnweb.org. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov. This project is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Read about THE GREAT AMERICAN GUNSHOW in Pacific Citizen below