Shotgun Players is equally committed to presenting challenging work and taking care of our patrons.
Content advisories are a tool to help our patrons choose how they want to engage with each play. While we have tried to cover the most common sensitivities, the lists below are not exhaustive. Some listed advisories are only briefly mentioned in the plays, whereas others are major themes of the work.
If you have any questions about these content advisories, we encourage you to call or email the box office, and we’re happy to provide more context. (510.841.6500, ext. 303 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Claim is the story of an African man attempting to go through the legal pathways to citizenship after entering England without proper papers. The play asks the audience to consider whose stories we are most willing to hear.
There are no realistic depictions of violence onstage, but there are repeated descriptions of shootings (both intentional and accidental), death, wartime violence, and state-sanctioned disappearings of family members in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Realistic depiction of a Black man being profiled as a threat and homeless
- Description of a carjacking
- Description of military attacks on families and disappearings in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda
Through the story of a popular television doctor, Quack explores how supposedly evidence-based fields like health and medicine are informed by subjective beliefs and self-interest.
Though there is no physical violence depicted onstage, there are descriptions of emotional and physical harm as perpetuated through “men’s rights” activism, diet culture, fatphobia, anti-vaccine movements, and unwanted workplace sexual advances. More specific descriptions include instances of gendered targeted online harassment, addiction to diet pills, and discussion of children dying from measles.
- Realistic depiction of fat-shaming
- Description of children dying of measles
- Offhand pejoratives about people with Tourette's syndrome
- Realistic depiction of misogyny
- Reference to rape
- Realistic depiction of workplace sexual harassment
- Realistic depiction of unwanted sexual advances
- Description of an addiction to diet pills
In The Niceties, a young Black woman finds her work — and self — questioned by her older White female professor. The play shines a light on generational and racial divides and examines the consequences when mainstream feminism often means “White feminism.”
For people of color, the depiction of being talked over, casually dismissed, and other forms of racialized microaggressions may hit close to home. Further, the conversations had in the play may be directly analogous to real-life and personal interactions/relationships.
Further, the show contains lengthy discussion of slavery, the lived experience of enslaved people, and slavery’s modern reprucussions.
- Description of slavery
- Realistic depiction of misogyny
- Reference to historical sexual violence against enslaved Black women
- Realistic depiction of transphobia
Citizen Brain’s script is currently in development. Given Josh Kornbluth’s past work at the Ashby Stage, we do not anticipate needing to list any content advisories. If this changes, we will update this space at our earliest opportunity.
Passing Strange is a musical memoir and coming-of-age story of a young Black man. Both touching and comic, it explores universal searches for self-definition through the lens of one young person attempting to discover what it means to be “Real.”
Like many coming-of-age stories, there are references to sex, drug use, and connection to/estrangement from one’s parents. Passing Strange also examines the coming-of-age narrative through the experience of being Black, both in America and in Western Europe, with references to racism and minstrelsy.
- Reference to hanging and/or lynching
- Realistic depiction of physical punishment (mother slapping a teenager)
- Realistic depiction of recreational and medicinal use of marijuana, cigarettes — will include theatrical effect using water vapor
- References to slavery
- Reference to minstrelsy
- Depending on staging, possible nudity
- Reference to racism
- Stylized depiction of sex
- Reference to the death of a parent