Photos by Andrew Greto


Written by Martín Zimmerman

Directed by Colette Robert

July 25 – August 4

When a college professor suffers the unthinkable loss of her son in a school shooting, she fixates not on the shooter, but on the weapon itself. Her attempts to understand what happened unleash unexpected feelings about power, violence, and the role we all play in this American epidemic. Starring Tara Franklin.


Sponsored by Wil Hastings and Antonia Lake

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Tara Franklin


Set design by Travis George

Costume design by Charles Schoonmaker

Lighting design by Lara Dubin

Sound design by James McNamara

Stage managed by Keri Schultz


Berkshire Eagle preview

“Acting can take you to unfamiliar places. For Tara Franklin, that was never more true than when she traveled to a Manchester, N.H., shooting range.”


Arts Fuse by Helen Epstein

one of the most powerful and uncompromising one-person shows I’ve ever seen”

[Franklin] is spectacular in this formidable role, which is not only mentally and physically rigorous, but grapples with a wide range of situations and emotions…an extraordinary presence who commands every inch of the stage…Her performance is a tour de force

The Westfield News by Mark G. Auerbach

[an] example of great theatre

an unforgettable performance that is likely to make the “best actress” category in area theatre reporters’ annual season recaps

Berkshire On Stage by Macey Levin

Skillfully performed

[Franklin] holds the stage, not by being the only character in the play, but by the power and sensitivity of her performance

If you wish to experience an intelligent and provocative play, Chester is the place to be

The Valley Advocate by Chris Rohmann

incisive staging