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Augustana to present short works on gun control

January  29, 2014

The Augustana College Department of Theatre Arts will present "Under the Gun," a collection of original and published works dealing with gun control issues, February 7 and  8 at 7:30 p.m. and February 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Performances will take place in Potter Theatre on the second floor of the Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (3701 7th Ave., Rock Island). Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for senior citizens, students and Augustana faculty/staff. Tickets can be purchased through the Augustana Ticket Office online or by calling (309) 794-7306.

Each year, students in the Department of Theatre Arts' play production class create a festival of short plays. These plays often focus on topical issues and are entirely produced, designed, constructed and directed by the students. The class is designed to give theatre arts majors and minors experience in mounting a public production from start to finish.

The plays presented in "Under the Gun" look at the issue from a variety of perspectives representing both pro-gun control and pro-gun rights points of view. Given the numerous school and mass shootings nationwide, and the ongoing discussions of armed officers on Augustana's campus, students believe this to be a timely issue to explore through the medium of theatre.

In a recent discussion of the production, Aubrey Waddick '15, a political science and French major from Algonquin, Ill., said, "As a student, I think this is a fascinating and necessary exploration of the science, psychology and culture surrounding guns in America."

Gary Miller '15, a creative writing and theatre arts major from Denver, Co., and  a graduate of Columbine High School, summed up the production by saying, "Regardless of what position we hold as Americans on the subject matter, I believe it's important to engage in the things we're scared to talk about, and talk about. 

Lauren Reid
Manager, Performance Tours and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7323
laurenreid@augustana.edu