TIP Proudly Presents: Natural Shocks

Updated: Sep 21



Tokyo International Players (TIP) is proud to return to live theater with a staged reading of NATURAL SHOCKS by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Karen Pauley.


This special solo performance features TIP veteran Georgia Ryder, with a production team including lighting designer Xander Coleman and stage management by Joan Chen. Strict prevention protocols for COVID-19 will be in place at the performance venue, including vaccination and mask requirements for audience members.


What is a staged reading? Quite simply, it is theater in its purest form: actors, directors, and scripts, with minimal "bells and whistles" to distract from the text itself. Some or all stage directions may be read aloud. Sets, costumes, and lighting effects are reduced to the barest essential. It is perhaps closest in form to a radio play or audiobook, performed for a live audience!


WHEN: Friday, October 22nd at 7pm; Saturday, October 23rd at 2pm and 7pm; and Sunday, October 24th at 2pm


WHERE: Our Space, Hatagaya, Tokyo. MAP


TICKETS: ¥2500 w/advance reservation. No walk-ins will be admitted. Buy yours HERE!


SYNOPSIS: Angela is trapped in her basement, waiting out an approaching tornado. Though a self-proclaimed unreliable narrator, she begins to reflect on a lifetime of trauma, illuminating the truth behind her endangerment. Based on Hamlet’s famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy, NATURAL SHOCKS is a damning condemnation of violence, abuse, and firearms in America.


Content warning:

Domestic abuse, Gun violence


Suitability suggestion:

This show deals with themes of violence and abuse and is most suitable for guests of middle/high school age and up.



Performed for a limited audience of 12 at Our Space (Hatagaya Station on the Keio New Line)


Reserve your tickets today!