2013-2014 Season

Luna Stage Production History. Celebrating 25 Seasons!

January 3 - January 25, 2014

StrangeDog at Luna

Enchanted Arms: An Evening of New Plays

Enchanted Arms: An Evening of New Plays

Luna Stage is proud to present StrangeDog Theatre Company in Enchanted Arms.

StrangeDog

Five short plays by Ben Clawson, Stacie Lents, Nikkole Salter, Joey Palestina and John Wooten.

Five classic fairy-tales turned on their heads and reset in a single dilapidated modern apartment building. The rules of their world have changed, and Prince Charming has developed a drinking problem.

Tickets $25; Students with valid ID $10

For more info visit:
strangedogtheatre.com

Featured Playwrights

Ben Clawson

Ben Clawson

Ben Clawson received his B.F.A. in Theater from Montclair State University. He is the author of numerous full-length plays, short comedies, and evenings of thematically connected one acts. His plays have had professional productions, readings, and workshops throughout New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C. and New Orleans. He has written commissioned works for the Luna Stage Company, The Montclair State University School of the Arts, and the Contagious Drama Theatre Workshop. He has been an evening winner and finalist in the Samuel French Short Play festival, national finalist for the American College Theater Festival's John Cauble One-Act Award, finalist for the Princess Grace Award in playwriting, and recipient of the Kennedy Center's David Mark Cohen award. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild, and a founder of the StrangeDog. Theatre Company, with whom he has produced many of his plays.

Stacie Lents

Stacie Lents

Stacie Lents is happy to be working with StrangeDog Theatre Co. for the second time after their reading of her play Written on Her Face last year. A Semi-Finalist in the Premiere Stages New Play Festival in 2010, it opened the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey "Soundings" reading series in December and has also received a staged reading at Luna Stage. Stacie’s play Henry's Law was featured in Mile Square Theatre’s Fall Fest last season and toured to New Jersey area high schools as part of an anti-bullying initiative through Fairleigh Dickinson University. Henry's Law received a workshop at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey this month and a tour is planned for 2014. Stacie returned to Mile Square Theatre’s Fall Fest this year with Laugh Out Loud (cry quietly), which Peter Filichia of TheaterMania called "the best comedy of the year" in 2008. Stacie wrote the book and lyrics for Daisy in Disguise which ran off-Broadway through Vital Theatre Company with an original cast recording released during the run. Stacie's play College Colors has received readings at Luna Stage and at Manhattan Theatre Club produced by coLAB Arts. Other writing credits include plays in the 2011 and 2012 New Jersey One-Minute Play Festivals, Tidal Waves in the Neighborhood, Focus, and Just in Case (a commission). Stacie is also an actor who has performed in both New York and regional theatre and is currently a member of the jewish plays project's Development Company. Stacie is an assistant professor of theatre at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she originated the Black History, Black Voices series which she writes and directs. She previously taught at Rutgers University. Stacie is a member of Actors' Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Dramatists Guild of America. Stacie received her MFA from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts and her B.A. in Theatre from Yale University.

Joseph Palestina

Joseph Palestina

Joseph Palestina is the creator of Joe Pal & Eggs, a webseries that 'mock'uments the multiple facets of his life. He graduated Montclair State University with a BFA in Acting and an MA in Counseling. He recently won Best Actor for 'Spincach Quesadilla,' a film he wrote and directed for the 48 Hour Film Project NYC. He's toured the country with indie rock band Thing-One. Their music has been played on WOXY, FUV, and several college radio stations. His last play, 'Bits,' was winner of Strangedogs Beer Battered Play Festival. He's a production assistant for The Following, Boardwalk Empire, and The Americans.

Nikkole Salter

Nikkole Salter

As a dramatist, Ms. Salter's work, CARNAVAL, was selected to be a part of The New Black Fest 2011-2012 season and received its world premiere production as a part of Luna Stage's 20th Anniversary Season to great acclaim. In 2012, her play REPAIRING A NATION was completed as a part of NYU's 2012-13 Writer's Roundtable and will receive its world premiere production in Crossroads Theatre Company's 2014-15 season. In 2012, Ms Salter also mounted the workshop production of her piece OF GREAT MERIT (commissioned by the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH, and developed in residence at the Ojai Playwright's Conference) at the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, whereby Mayor Mark Mallory issued a proclamation honoring her artistic contributions to the city by declaring October 22, 2012, Nikkole Salter Day! Ms. Salter's play, ITC, and its monologues are published in 8 international publications, and CARNAVAL's University of Illinois publication is scheduled for release in 2014-15. Ms. Salter is a Eugene O'Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, a Playwright's of New York (PoNY) Fellowship nominee, is currently working on commissions by Woolly Mammoth, Luna Stage, the University of North Carolina and was selected to write the screen adaptation of Claude Brown's famous novel, Manchild in the Promised Land.

John Wooten

John Wooten

John plays have been produced in New York, internationally and in numerous regional theaters across the United States. Commercial: Trophies (Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane); International: The Mission Home (King’s Head Theatre/London) and The Role of Della (Venues in France, England, Serbia, India, Australia, Ireland, Montenegro, and Canada); Regional: Kiss the Bride (Forum Theatre), Hannah (Premiere Stages), Happy Hour (Twelve Miles West), Uncommon Enemies (TheatreFest), UnCivil War (Theatre at Lime Kiln), The Role of Della (ATL finalist and over 300 Regional productions) and Humbug (Premiere Stages). His film Cat in the Pan premiered at the Montreal Film Festival and has been screened across North America. Awards/Nominations: New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, Best New Play nomination from the American Theatre Critics Association, Semi-finalist for a Nicholls Fellowship, sponsored by the Academy Awards, and multiple Best New Play nominations from the Newark Star-Ledger. Published in/by: Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Inc., Playscripts, Inc., Dramatic Publishing Company, Plays for Actresses, Playing Contemporary Scenes, and Millennium Monologues. John is the Producing Artistic Director of Premiere Stages and teaches Playwriting at Kean University.

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Apr. 12 - May. 13

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May. 21 - May. 22

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June 1, 7:00 pm

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