2015-2016 Season

Luna Stage Production History. Celebrating 26 Seasons!

April 7 - May 8, 2016

Old Love New Love

by Laura Brienza

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Indiegogo campaign!

A mother and daughter navigate the choppy waters of infidelity under very different circumstances: Gloria's husband Colin has fallen for another Alzheimer's patient at the facility where he resides. Michelle's husband Matt has strayed after losing a local election and wrestling with his unfulfilled ambitions. A play about what we can't remember and what we can forgive, Old Love New Love explores what happens when old love faces new challenges.

Directed by Nancy Robillard

Cast: Ava Eisenson, Alfred Gingold, Christopher Halladay, Jane Mandel, Claire McClanahan, Thomas Molyneaux, and Kim Zimmer

Production and Design: Libby Stadstad (Set Design), Conor Mulligan (Lighting Design), Isaac Mandel (Sound Design), Deborah Caney (Costume Design), Liz Cesario (Production Manager), and Dan Viola (Stage Manager)

Talkback Schedule: April 10th and 21st

Old Love New Love
Cast: (L to R) Jane Mandel, Alfred Gingold, Kim Zimmer, Thomas Molyneaux, Christopher Halladay, Claire McClanahan, and Ava Eisenson (Photo by Christopher Drukker)
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(L) Alfred Gingold, (R) Kim Zimmer (Photo by Christopher Drukker)
Old Love New Love
(L) Alfred Gingold, (R) Jane Mandel (Photo by Christopher Drukker)
Old Love New Love
(L) Kim Zimmer, (R) Thomas Molyneaux (Photo by Christopher Drukker)
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(L) Christopher Halladay, (R) Claire McClanahan (Photo by Christopher Drukker)
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(Standing L-R) Claire McClanahan, Ava Eisenson; (Seated L-R) Kim Zimmer, Thomas Molyneaux (Photo by Christopher Drukker)

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Meet The Writer

Laura Brienza

Click here to listen to Laura speak about her inspiration for writing the play.

LAURA BRIENZA is a writer from New Jersey. Her plays have been seen in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. Her play Scared of Sarah recently played in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Stage after being developed by the Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage Festival, the Lark Play Development Center, and FringeNYC. Other plays include The Bunk Bed in Heaven, War Zones and Bacha Posh. She is the author of two nonfiction books for Globe Pequot Press: Discovering Vintage Washington, DC and New York's Historic Restaurants, Inns, and Taverns. Her work has also appeared online and in print publications such as IndyBuild, Woman Around Town, and Flavor & The Menu. She also writes for film and television and a was recently named a Fellow in the Lifetime Writers Project. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and enjoys racing triathlons.

Meet The Director

Nancy Robillard

Nancy Robillard: Directing credits include productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in regional and summer theatre. World premieres: Honor and the River, Rosemary & I, Rosa Loses her Face, Slow Dance with a Hot Pickup, and the off-Broadway musical, National Pastime. Most recently, she directed the New York premiere of Since Africa. Other New York productions: Culture Project, Vital Theatre, Directors Company, Algonquin Theatre, Theatre for the New City, Up Theatre Company and HERE. Regional: the Kennedy Center, Walnut Street Theatre, MetroStage, Northern Stage, Luna Stage, Surflight Theatre, Open Stage of Harrisburg, Gateway Playhouse, Keystone Rep, Tri-Arts and Theater Masters' national new play festival in Aspen/NYC. On Broadway Robillard was assistant director to Mike Ockrent on Big, and Alan Arkin on Taller than a Dwarf. Robillard received an MFA in directing from Illinois State University, has taught acting and directing at several colleges and is a frequent guest director for the Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University. She is Director of Evaluations for Main Street Musicals, which is dedicated to developing new musicals throughout the U.S. Robillard is a member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers.

Meet The Cast

Click on each actor's photo to hear a brief interview.

Ava Eisenson

Ava Eisenson is a NYC-based actor and honored to make her Luna Stage debut! Some recent favorite credits include: The Giants by Matthew Jellison, Jeff Stark's The Dreary Coast, and At the Finish by Nick Gandiello. She is a founding member of SPACE on Ryder Farm, a guest artist with Superhero Clubhouse and Wide Eyed Productions, and a usual suspect with Woodshed Collective and Sightline Theatre, and frequent collaborator with comedian Matt Smith. She's an audio book narrator and commercial voice-over artist. She's currently co-creating a show with Isaac Klein and Alan Eisenson (her Dad). The show examines Alan's life as a world-traveler and magician. Ava holds her BFA from Boston University. For more info, please visit: www.avaeisenson.com. The deepest thanks to the whole cast, crew, and creative team.

Alfred Gingold

Alfred Gingold is delighted to be making his Luna Stage debut. Recent stage appearances include Martin Dysart in Equus (Gallery Players), Claudius in Hamlet (Inwood Shakespeare Festival) and Judge Wolff in Pinocchio's Ashes (Scandinavian American Theatre Company). Favorite roles include Matt in Talley's Folly, Lord Summerhays in Misalliance and Renfield in Dracula. He is the author of a number of books, including Dog World and the Humans Who Live There, The Cool Parents' Guide to New York (with his wife, Helen Rogan) and the national best-seller, Items From Our Catalog. www.alfredgingold.com.

Christopher Halladay

Christopher Halladay: Off-Broadway: In Masks Outrageous and Austere (World premiere of Tennessee Williams' last full-length play) at the Culture Project, The Actor's Company Theatre, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, Abingdon Theatre. Regional Theater: Palm Beach Dramaworks (FL), South Coast Repertory Theatre (CA), A Noise Within (CA), Pasadena Playhouse (CA), Shakespeare Orange County (CA), Mile Square Theater (NJ), Montrèal Fringe Festival. Television: Limitless, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, The Unusuals, All My Children and Guiding Light. Film: Movie Night (post-production), February, Hide the Sausage, A Guy Named Rick, Jason's Big Problem, Forged. He is an Adjunct Professor of Acting, Theater Appreciation, American Contemporary Theater, Theater History and Stage Make-Up. Currently at Rutgers and Rider Universities, formerly at Montclair State University. www.christopherhalladay.com

Jane Mandel

Jane Mandel holds an MFA from New York University School of the Arts and has a career in the theatre as actress, director, teacher and producer. She is the founder of Luna Stsge Company, and served as Artistic Director for over twenty years (now AD Emeritus). With her guidance Luna Stage earned a reputation for producing excellent, intelligent and provocative theatre. Scores of new and classic plays were brought to audiences through readings and full productions. One of her passions is for creating devised theatre. She created and directed IN THE NAME OF THE WOMAN (the first show done at Luna Stage), "we don't have enough sugar for the public" (an exploration of racism), THE AMERICAN PROJECT (an exploration of what it means to be an American), and co-created and directed MI CASA TU CASA (a bilingual Latino-based play with music that has been touring in New Jersey). She taught theatre games and improvisation/acting at NYU School of the Arts where she was a full-time faculty member, The New School, The Whole Theatre, Montclair State University, The Teaching Artist's Collective, and Luna Stage. She was a member of The Shaliko Theatre Company and acted in The Measures Taken, Ghosts and Woyzeck while in residence at The New York Shakespeare Festival and on tour. Jane currently directs, acts and coaches acting.

Claire McClanahan

Claire McClanahan: As an actress and singer Claire has appeared Off-Broadway in Pinkalicious and in numerous other NYC productions at Ensemble Studio Theatre, WOW Cafe, and Manhattan Theatre Source. She was Ms. Frizzle on the national tour of The Magic School Bus Live! and has performed regionally at The New Rep Theatre Company, Nora Theatre Company, Lyric Stage Company, and Boston Playwright's Theatre, to name a few. As a writer and producer her work has been honored at the Telly, Gracie Allen and New England Emmy Awards and screened at the LA Shorts and Arizona Film Festivals. Most recently she has been writing and producing branded content for Refinery 29, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Travel+Leisure, Southern Living and Real Simple. She is the writer, producer and lead in the feature film, CARBON, which was recently selected as a participant in the Big Vision Empty Wallet Diversity Initiative and is set to begin filming in Fall 2016.

Thomas Molyneaux

Thomas Molyneaux: Thom is an actor, writer and director. He started his professional acting career in New York as a spear-carrier in The Phoenix Theatre's "Hamlet". Went on to work at, Chelsea Theatre Center, Playwrights Horizon, New Dramatists, and Theatre for a New City and as resident leading man at Flat Rock Playhouse, and The Thomas Wolfe Playhouse, in North Carolina, Sharon Playhouse, in Connecticut, and Ephrata Star Playhouse in Pennsylvania. As a young leading man. co-starred with Olympia Dukakis in "Gingerbread Lady," and Rosemary Prinz in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". As a character actor, critics have cited him as "...one of New Jersey's most beloved old pros..." (Star Ledger) and both "...a paragon of naturalistic acting." (Talkin' Broadway) and an actor who "...chews up the scenery then happily spits it out" (Montclair Times). Some New Jersey performances: "Porcelain" (Garage Theatre Group), "Fair and Decent" (Luna Stage), "Omnivorous" (Playwrights Theatre), "Trad," "Imagining Madoff," "The Legacy" and "Lost in History" (GTG).

Kim Zimmer

Kim Zimmer is thrilled to be making her debut at Luna Stage! After living in Essex County for over 30 years, it was only a matter of time! Kim attended Hope College for undergrad and continued her education at The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. She's best known for her portrayal of Reva Shayne on Guiding Light where she received four Lead Actress Emmy Awards along with eleven nominations. Kim recently wrapped up her record-breaking tour with the First National Company of Wicked. Some of her favorite Regional and Off-Broadway credits include: Four Dogs And A Bone, Love, Loss, And What I Wore, Blood Brothers, Gypsy, Sunset Boulevard, Dirty Blonde, Curtains, Shirley Valentine and Lost Boy Found At Whole Foods. Other television credits include Seinfeld, Designing Women, Models, Inc., MacGyver, One Life To Live, The Doctors and Santa Barbara. Film credits include 23 Blast, Body Heat, Freshmen Father, Keeping Secrets and Trench Coat In Paradise. Zimmer's experience in Daytime T.V. spans 32 years and is chronicled in her best selling memoir "I'm Just Saying!" Married to A.C. Weary for thirty-five years, they have produced three beautiful and successful children, Rachel, Max & Jake.

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