Content Advisories

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

The Great Comet

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 takes one chapter of Tolstoy’s War and Peace and expands it into a rock opera. True to the tradition of classic Russian literature, there is a plethora of explosive emotion, angst, alcohol, and longing.

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 includes:

  • Realistic depictions of body hatred and fatphobia, sexism, and misogyny
  • Realistic depictions of racism and xenophobia, and a derogatory term for Romani people is used
  • Realistic depictions of violence
  • Realistic depictions of addiction, mental illness, and self-harm, and a suicide attempt
  • Realistic depictions of verbal abuse between a father and a child