February 8 – March 3, 2019

By E.M. Lewis
Directed by Sheila McKenna

“The commentary is killing the conversation.” The Gun Show (Can we talk about this?) is a thoughtful one-man play excavating the playwright’s own complicated relationship to gun culture. While proponents on both sides talk past each other, making it seem like there is no one with conflicting feelings on the subject, The Gun Show (Can we talk about this?) explores the many nuanced considerations in that narrative dominated by political sound bytes and simple solutions.

Playwright E.M. Lewis shares five personal stories about her own varied experiences with guns, told by a single actor; Andrew William Smith returns to tackle the role after his previous work at Quantum in The Hard Problem and The River. Directed by Sheila McKenna, a favorite at Quantum who last directed J.T. Rogers’ Madagascar, The Gun Show bravely asks if we can really talk about this.

The Gun Show (Can we talk about this) runs approximately 60 minutes with no intermission. Every performance will be followed by a 15-minute facilitated conversation.


February 8 – 17: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood
February 20 – 24: CCAC – Allegheny Campus, West Hall
February 27 – March 3: The Tull Family Theater


Please call 412-362-1713 for questions about accessibility.

“‘The Gun Show’ [offers] one person struggling with issues of fear, safety and how to reconcile the two when it comes to her relationship with guns.
Once we know 
[playwright EM Lewis’s] stories, Quantum invites all of us to share our own, without partisanship or judgment.”

Performance Calendar

Special Performances

Opening Night Most Popular

$ 50

Post-show receptionFriday, February 8

Sunday Q&A

$ 33

With the cast & directorSunday, February 10

Quantum Quaff

$ 53

Pre-show wine tastingThursday, February 14

Quantum on the Couch

$ 45

Post-show analysisSaturday, February 23

Location & Directions

February 8 – 17: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood 7101 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Ample free street parking on Hamilton Avenue and North Lang Avenue. Accessible parking in front of building.

February 20 – 24: CCAC – Allegheny Campus, West Hall 808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
There is a ample free street parking along Ridge Avenue and surrounding streets. Additional parking is available in a CCAC student lot on Monument Hill. The Monument Hill lot may be accessed by Brighton Road which turns to Monument Hill Drive, or by Legacy Way.

February 27 – March 3: The Tull Family Theater 418 Walnut Street, Sewickley, PA 15143
Large parking lot directly adjacent to the Theater, as well as street parking.


*The Community College of Allegheny County has provided its facilities as a public service and is not a sponsor nor responsible for the views and/or opinions of Quantum Theatre