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Árpád Schilling | Photo by Zágon Nagy

Árpád Schilling | Photo by Zágon Nagy

"Theatre creates movement, it makes you angry, it provokes and asks unpleasant questions, while promoting freedom.” Árpád Schilling

The Gun

The Imaginists and Árpád Schilling

The Gun (working title) examines the central role of guns and gun violence in contemporary American society. The Imaginists are commissioning acclaimed Hungarian theater director Árpád Schilling to create The Gun, a new work that will bring his outsider’s eye to the role that guns and gun violence play in American society. Building on a longstanding artistic collaboration between the Imaginists and Schilling, the new work will highlight a shared artistic sensibility that prizes risk - taking, experimentation, and theater as instigation and provocation. The Imaginists will continue their unwavering commitment to community engagement on The Gun, working with youth organizations and holding community conversations throughout the development and premiere of the play. The Gun will preview at a venue in Sonoma County and premiere at Z Space in San Francisco in 2020.

Read more about the work of Árpád Schilling here: Meeting with Árpád Schilling | Árpád Schilling, the theater of resistance 

the Imaginists has been selected as a recipient of a Hewlett 50 Arts Commission, a program of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The The Imaginists is among a stellar group of 10 Bay Area-based non-profit organizations that will receive $150,000 to commission important and unique works of theater, musical theater, and spoken word.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation has been making grants to support the performing arts in communities across the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 50 years.

The Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions, a five-year, $8 million initiative celebrating the foundation’s 50th anniversary that will support the creation and premiere of new works by world-class performing artists in Bay Area communities. More information about the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions HERE.

This work is made possible by Trust for Mutual Understanding, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Center for International Theatre Development.