"Sanctuary Stage's "I Got Guns" relies on the tropes and tradition of Italy's broad commedia dell'arte to deliver a political message about guns in America. The acting comedy displays boundless energy and crisp comic timing as well as some clever writing."
- KPBS San Diego
I Got Guns!
Written/Directed by Dan Stone
Whether you are a liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican, gun lover or gun hater you will find something to laugh about in, I Got Guns. This irreverent comedy pokes fun at people and politics on the extreme ends of liberalism, conservatism and gun policies in the United States. Told through the lens of Commedia dell’ Arte, this show is filled with outrageous humor, original music, physical comedy, and best of all-- true love! This play may be highly offensive to some people who have strong political views.
Pantalone, a gun manufacturer tries to make a deal with the government to illegally sell arms to an unsavory government official. Pantalone's daughter, Isabella and her fiance', Flavio, attempt to foil his plans with the help of the servant Arlecchino.
This play was performed at the 2016 San Diego Internation Fringe Fesival where it one awars for Outstanding Direction and Best Actor in a Comedy.
This play was revived in 2019 and performed by students of LBCC. This particular 2019 production was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region 7 conference. More about that production in my Commedia dell' Arte section.
Scenic Design: Dan Stone
Lighting Design: Dan Stone
Sound Design/Original Music: Alyson Fewless, Dan Stone
Costume Design: Tinamarie Ivey
Mask Design: Dan Stone