Guns

The Théâtre des Arts presents FRIENDS WITH GUNS, from September 9 to 18 at the Dorie Theater

The Theater of Arts, Hollywood’s oldest acting conservatory, is proud to present a live production of Stephanie Alison Walker’s Friends With Guns, the provocative dark comedy that explores the complicated issue of gun proliferation in America.

Featuring a diverse cast of talented TOA Conservatory students, the play is directed by veteran actor and playwright Amir Abdullah and will run September 9-18 at the Dorie Theater on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood.

Awarded “Best Play of the Year” at the 2019 Valley Theater Awards, Friends With Guns is the female story of two diverse and like-minded liberal couples, whose budding friendship is shaken when they reunite. on either side of the firearms division. With their relationship dynamics upended, husbands retreat into polarized corners, leaving wives to bravely face complex issues and explore new common ground. The LA Times describes Friends With Guns as “a subtle and savage feminist parable – a cautionary tale of the peril that can await women who dare to venture outside of their accepted roles”.

Director Amir Abdullah comments, “Friends With Guns explores the complex issues plaguing our country: from gun rights to domestic violence to the demands of our political affiliation. It contains some ambiguity and has a million things to say about this moment in our country. It’s an American-only play in dire need of seeing, and I couldn’t be more excited to lead this show.

David Conolly, Director of Education for the Arts Theatre, adds: “We are thrilled to stage Stephanie Alison Walker’s Friends With Guns. Under Amir’s inspiring leadership, our conservatory actors are engaging vigorously with this controversial subject, and I look forward to seeing audiences experience his energy and passion on stage in September.”

For more information on Friends With Guns, visit TOA.edu/live. Advance tickets are on sale now through Eventbrite. Please note that COVID-19 safety protocols may be in effect on some or all performance dates as per LA County mandate.

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WARNING: Shots will be fired during performances of Friends With Guns.