By Tom Reed

Created by Tom Reed

Set in the absurd alternate reality of America in 2018, this satire follows an attempt to stage a gun lobby group’s “hip, fun!” musical active shooter drill with high school theater students.
Adult language,Sexual content,Violence,Flashing lights,Loud noises
The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up
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08/04 2:30 PM Mixed Blood Theatre $3.00

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Cast and Crew
Tom Reed
Creator, cast
Tom Reed feels honored to get to work with this wonderful cast on a new show that's a bit of a departure from his previous Fringe ventures. Over the last few years Tom created or directed a string of successful Fringe shows including one-man musical parodies Bite Me Twilight, Hungry Games, Parry Hotter, and last year's Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL, which the Star Tribune called "Drop dead funny." He has also directed all four "Couple Fight" shows (including "Couple Fight: The Musical" this year at Rarig Thrust!). Beyond Fringe: Tom's in the mainstage sketch comedy and improv cast at Brave New Workshop, and has past credits including Mixed Blood Theatre (Curious Incident, Next to Normal, Avenue Q), Huge Theater, Actors Theater (The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)), ComedySportz; TV (Lady Dynamite, History Channel); improv festivals (Out Of Bounds, Twin Cities Improv Festival); award-winning 48 hour short films, and commercials. In his free time, Tom rides bikes, plays board games and gets bitten by his cat, Wallaby. He's also thrilled to be part of the 2018 Twin Cities Horror Festival with new work entitled: Greenway. Keywords that might help searchers: gunplay, gun play
Adelin Phelps
Adelin Phelps is thrilled to be working with this incredible group of artists on this new show! She most recently appeared in Cardboard Piano at Park Square Theater this past February. Other theatre credits include: Girl Friday Productions: Idiot's Delight; Carlyle Brown & Company: Down in Mississippi; Transatlantic Love Affair (core and founding member): Promise Land, Ballad of the Pale Fisherman, These Old Shoes, Solitaire, Ash Land, Red Resurrected; Minnesota Jewish Theatre: We are the Levinsons, Bad Jews; History Theatre: Watermelon Hill; Theater Latte Da: Lullaby; Theatre Forever: The Nature Crown, Workhaus Collective: Lake Untersee, Homegrown, Dark&Stormy Productions: The Drunken City and more. Upcoming work this season includes: Understood with Trademark Theater, Bobby Vee at the History Theatre and a brand new piece with Transatlantic Love Affair. Adelin received her B.A. in acting from Coe College in 2009. She would like to thank the lovely team involved and Tom Reed!
Lauren Anderson
Lauren Anderson grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and received her Bachelor degree in Theatre from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Lauren began teaching improv for The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre--the oldest satirical comedy theatre in the country--in 2002, and became a full time Actor/ Writer for the BNW in 2004, and is currently writing and starring in her 47th show with the company. More shows than most other actors in the 60 year history of the Brave New Workshop. You can also see Lauren performing with other improv groups around town: Five Man Job, FOTERSON, and Show X, which currently runs every Monday night at HUGE Theater. She is a founder and co-producer of the The Twin Cities Improv Festival (now in it's 12th year), and Improv-A-Go-Go (just celebrated it's 16 year anniversary). As well as acting, writing, improvising, and teaching, Lauren is the author/illustrator of the children's book “Spaghetti Head Ned” (available on and a lifestyle blogger for the CrossFit gym, Solcana Fitness (
Austen Fisher
Cast, Music
Austen Fisher is a local actor, improvisor, and musical director in the Twin Cities. After graduating from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor's Training Program in 2017, Austen has had the great pleasure of working with institutions such as The Guthrie Theater, Comedysportz, Children's Theatre Company, and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. He enjoys everything from Shakespeare to stand up and can't wait to work with some amazing people this Minnesota Fringe Festival. Enjoy!
Matthew Englund
Matthew Englund is a local artist in town!  He went to Minnesota State University, Moorhead for college where he studied Theatre Arts.  This is Matthew’s 3rd year being part of Fringe and he could not be more excited about this show and working with these incredible  artists!  He is going to be playing a young Jeffrey Dahmer this fall in American Nightmare: the Trials of Jeffrey Dahmer with Shadow Horse Theatre and Studio Athena!  You may have seen him in Exgays with Savage Umbrella as Ricky the intern and he was also apart of the Ravagers as well!   
Meredith Casey
Meredith Casey is a Minneapolis based actor, choreographer and dancer. A 2017 graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program, she has spent the last two years working in the Twin Cities and regionally. She has performed with Connecticut's Shakespeare on the Sound (A Midsummer Night's Dream, All's Well That Ends Well), Michigan's Hope Summer Repertory Theater (Hairspray, Oedipus, Go, Dog. Go! The Musical). In the Minneapolis area she has been seen with The Jungle Theater (The Wolves), The Playwrights' Center (Take Care, DOXXED, Eden Prairie, 1971), The Guthrie Theater Dowling Studio (The American Clock), COLLIDE Theatrical Dance (MOA Fright Lights Spectacular) along with various independent performances. Meredith is also a choreographer, specializing in working with actors. Her work has been seen at The Orchard Theater Collective, River Valley Theater Company, The University of Minnesota and several development workshops.
Karina Strom
Karina Strom is a Minnesota raised and New York City based comedian, actor and writer. She has trained at the Brave New Workshop, Huge Improv Theater and Youth Performance Company. She graduated from Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in 2017 and is currently studying cinema and television at Marymount Manhattan College and improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She is an intern for Dyking Out: an LGBT Podcast for Everyone and Minnesota Tonight. She hopes to someday work in comedy and late night television. She loves Céline Dion more than most people. 
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With a dose of rom-com mixed with darkly satirical song snippets and poignant gun culture commentary, this show aims to use comedy and a sense of play to start a conversation about something that's really not funny. Set in the absurd alternate reality of America in 2018, this satire follows an attempt to stage a gun lobby group's "hip, fun!" musical active shooter drill with high school students. 

Created by Tom Reed, creator and/or director of Fringe hits Bite Me TwilightParry HotterCouple Fight (all four) and last year's Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL which the Star Tribune called "Drop dead funny."

Praise for "Gunplay!"

"Smart, funny script and fine performances...Gunplay! makes for a highly entertaining and warmly hopeful hour of theater."- Jay Gabler, City Pages

"A sharp satirical musical with an ensemble full ofgreat performers and a lot of laughs... 5 stars." - Single White Fringe Geek

Gunplay! is  a "Must See" -  Cherry and Spoon

"Gunplay!" is recommended by Minnesota Theater Love

"Returning favorite" - Single White Fringe Geek

Tom Reed is “one of the Fringe’s most reliable brand names.” -City Pages


**This show contains brightly-colored Nerf blasters, but nothing resembling a real gun.**

Keywords (for search purposes): gun play,  gunplay, gunplay!, guns, gun 

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