Friends with Guns by Stephanie Alison Walker 

*Part of a rolling World Premiere*

Directed by Shalee Coleman

Two sleep-deprived moms meet at a West LA park, and it’s instant sisterhood. Their husbands hit it off, too, and it seems as though they’ve found their urban family — until guns enter the conversation. Friends With Guns is a dark comedy that pulls the curtain back on liberals with guns. It explores what happens when one person in a marriage suddenly does a 180 on the gun issue and it asks what we can compartmentalize and what we can’t.

Uprising Theatre Company believes in warning audiences about potentially triggering material. Friends with Guns contains the following content warnings:
-Simulated gun fire sounds
-Discussions and depictions of Intruder and Domestic Violence.
If you have questions about the specific context of these content warnings, please contact us: and we will get back to you.

Run time of the show is two hours PLUS a 15 minute intermission.

Show runs: 20 September-5 October

Performances will be at The Off Leash Art Box: 4200 East 54th St. Minneapolis, MN 55417

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Meet the community partners:

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Students Demand Action and the Everytown Survivor Network, it is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 5 million supporters and more than 350,000 donors. Follow us on Facebook or on Twitter at @MomsDemand.

Their Ask: They are looking for people to sign up and learn more about opportunities to get involved with Moms Demand Action.  They can do so by texting READY to 644-33 or go to
Five Elements Martial Arts and Healing Center (FEMA) is a 501c3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to the empowerment of all people through martial arts, wellness, personal safety and self-defense training so we may have a more peaceful community and planet. FEMA is an organization, run by women, whose purpose is to teach and study the art of Wu Chien Pai, to share skills and promote excellence in martial arts, self-defense and self-empowerment techniques: to train in the spirit of building individual and collective strength. FEMA offers opportunities for growth and development to students to become teachers and anti-violence workers through classes, workshops, conference, tournaments, camps and advancement in the style of Wu Chien Pai. FEMA is committed to teaching all persons regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability to pay, or disability.
Ask: Woman and girls 13 and older are invited to our two hour November 18th Self-Defense and Empowerment Course. The $50 course is available to the Uprising family at $30. To register, go to: and enter code UPRISING!

About SVC: “The Sexual Violence Center serves people ages 12 and up who’ve been impacted by sexual violence. Their free, confidential services include a 24-hour crisis line, support in hospitals, individual counseling, support groups, and legal advocacy. SVC also provides community education and works with law enforcement, legal, and medical professionals to improve the systemic response to sexual violence.”

Their ask: Put together “medical advocacy bags,” which SVC will bring with them to hospitals when they go to support victim/survivors who are there for a medical forensic (aka rape kit) exam. Since the whole process is often stressful, emotional, & can involve a lot of waiting, the bags could include things like fidget spinners, stress balls, adult coloring books + colored pencils, Sudoku pages, word finds, books of affirmations, magazines, comfort items like little stuffed animals, & snacks (individual bags of chips, crackers, trail mix etc.). Each bag could be different & victim/survivors would get to keep them. Since each bag would include a variety of things, your audience members could: * put together a bag (or a few bags on their own) & bring ready-made ones to the show * donate any quantity of any of the above items, & we’ll use them as we put bags together at SVC OR – * donate gift cards to a Target or Cub & we would use them specifically to buy supplies for this purpose