Teenagers continue to tackle the gun issue head-on. See 'A Different Kind of Gun Show' July 20 through 28.

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Area high school students will present benefit performances for Moms Demand Action, on gun violence. The show includes one-act plays and poetry readings.

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Students will tackle the gun issue head-on in "A Different Kind of Gun Show," a fundraiser for Moms Demand Action. The compilation of one-acts and poetry about gun violence will be performed by teens from several area high schools as well as local adult actors, and produced by Ruth Jenkins for Viewers Like You, LLC. Four shows will run July 20 through 28 in four venues throughout the Portland area and Oregon City.

The show includes four short one-acts:

¦ "Lockdown," based on realistic lockdown situations that take place in schools across the country.

¦ "I Am A Gun," told from the gun's point of view.

¦ "Clowns with Guns," a dark vaudevillian-style look at school shootings.

¦ "The Talk," a conversational piece between a black father and his son about coming home


The poetry, from several sources, examines a variety of topics related to gun violence, its history and the ongoing pain it produces. Shows will be 90 minutes of performance and 30 minutes of discussion with a panel.

Performances are scheduled for July 20 at First Unitarian Church (1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland); July 21 at Willamette Falls Unitarian Church (710 6th Street, Oregon City); July 27 at the Hollywood Senior Center (1820 NE 40th Ave., Portland) and July 28 at the Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Highway, Portland).

All shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students, and can be purchased with cash at the door or in advance online at or by calling 503-236-8888 x2.

Due to mature themes and language, this show is recommended for ages 12 and up.

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