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The New Moon Reading Series at Luna Stage

There is an old adage in theater that playwrights never know what they have until they put it in front of an audience. Reading plays that are still in development is a crucial step in the evolution of a play and a unique opportunity for audiences to experience and participate in the process a playwright goes through to bring a play to its next draft.

Come join us on the second Monday of every month and offer your perspective as we provide a playwright a safe and supportive environment in which to hear their play read aloud. Every reading is followed by a talkback with the playwright. Come early for refreshments and stay afterwards for the conversation!

New Moon Reading Series

February 12, 7:30 pm

by Justin Taylor

She loves horses, the Nevada desert, her mother, and firing hellfire missiles on pixelated people in Pakistan from her Air Force base outside Las Vegas. But the trauma of drone warfare eats at her conscience until, one day in the desert, it explodes awake. UNBLINKING EYE is a modern-day epic poem about war told by eighteen-year-old Iris and inspired by Homer's Iliad.

New Moon Reading Series

March 12, 7:30 pm

by Matthew Kelly

When Cordelia sets out to prove that her daughter's Asperger's Syndrome is linked to her town's history of plastic manufacturing, she tests the bonds of community and family. Loosely inspired by events befalling Leominster, Massachusetts in the 1990s, THE PLASTIC CITY forces us to question the sacrifices we demand of future generations in the name of progress and prosperity.

New Moon Reading Series

April 9, 7:30 pm

by Sherry MacDonald

What do you get when you combine Buster Keaton with Samuel Beckett? No, this is not the beginning of a joke! THE STONE FACE is about the real-life collaboration between Buster Keaton and Samuel Beckett on a film called simply Film. Written in the style of Keaton. And Beckett. And Keaton.

What do you mean by "play reading"? What can I expect?
A "reading" is simply a performance that is not memorized and which has been rehearsed for a short time. The actors sit or stand at music stands and read from scripts. There are no costumes, sets, music, or lighting design: just you, the actors, and the text. At Luna, we do readings of plays that are still in the process of being written. A playwright and a director cast professional actors and rehearse with them for 4 hours on the same day that you come to the reading.

What is the talkback with the playwright? How do I participate?
The talkback is a discussion that happens immediately after the reading. Often the playwright will have questions in mind, and they will ask the audience to share their opinions. We encourage you to share your thoughts! Remember that everyone has their own taste, and that no play will be the favorite of every person - rather, we encourage you to think about what the playwright might be trying to achieve with their play and what you can offer that might help them to achieve it.

What kinds of plays does Luna read in its series?
All kinds! We try to provide you with the broadest range of experiences possible: a range of different writers, exploring many different topics, in many different styles. Luna reads plays in all stages of development, from the "beautiful mess" of early drafts, to more polished later drafts. In all cases, the playwright is still actively working on the script. Sometimes it is only by reading in front of an audience that a playwright discovers what their play is trying to say. Sometimes you might be in the audience when that magic happens!

Plays in development are still grappling with unknowns - some part or parts of the play that don't yet "work" in the way the playwright intends. We think being an audience for a play in development is exciting because the audience's reflections on a script have a great ability to affect how the script grows and changes. Some plays read at Luna Stage go on to be produced on our mainstage or at other theaters across the country. Luna audiences can feel proud of their role in shaping those plays on their journey.

No reservations necessary. $5 suggested donation at the door.

Upcoming Calendar

Feb. 1 - Mar. 4

Mainstage
A World Premiere of a New Musical Commissioned by Luna Stage

February 12, 7:30 pm

New Moon Reading Series
by Justin Taylor

March 12, 7:30 pm

New Moon Reading Series
by Matthew Kelly

April 9, 7:30 pm

New Moon Reading Series
by Sherry MacDonald

Apr. 12 - May. 13

Mainstage
By Craig Alan Edwards