The New Moon Series at Luna Stage

Our New Moon Series supports playwrights in developing their work, and offers audiences a chance to see new plays in process.

(Zero-pressure $15 or pay-what-you-can donation would be much appreciated!)
We want our New Moon Events to be as accessible as possible, and we therefore have a Pay What You Can admission policy. However, we value this work and the artists who participate in presenting it, and only with support from our patrons are we able to continue to provide our stellar community programs. In that spirit, we ask that you consider making a donation at the door.

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.