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Gun control may regularly dominate national news broadcasts, but, Chekhov’s gun theory aside, the topic is rarely discussed in the theater. Enter Marja-Lewis Ryan’s play, One in the Chamber, which opened to positive reviews in Los Angeles last year. The drama follows parents grappling with the aftermath of a gunshot fired by their 10-year-old son that kills their other son; six years after the traumatic event, a caseworker reopens family wounds by visiting the family to determine whether the surviving son should remain on probation. This production, a collaboration between Forum Theatre and Young Playwrights’ Theater, found inspiration in a 2013 New York Times article that examined accidental shootings in the U.S. and their relationship to gun-related homicide rates. Ryan claims this piece doesn’t make the case for one side of the debate or another, but with a topic this loaded, the personal is almost certainly political. The play runs Aug. 8 to Sept. 6 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. $25. (202) 315-1305. oneinthechamberdc.com.