2018-2019 Season

Luna Stage Production History. Celebrating 26 Seasons!

November 29 - December 9, 2018

The Assignment

by Camilo Almonacid

Conceived by Elaine Lane, Manuel Borras Olivera, Jeffrey Solomon and Emily Joy Weiner

The Assignment was further developed in 2018 by Houses on the Moon Theater Company in collaboration with Luna Stage.

Directed by David Winitsky
Featuring Rafael Poueriet and Antu Yacob
Set Design by David Goldstein
Light Design by Jen Fok
Costume Design byDeborah Caney
Sound Design by Megan Culley

Thursday, November 29, 7:30pm (Preview)
Friday, November 30, 8pm (Preview)
Saturday, December 1, 8pm (Opening Night)**
Sunday, December 2, 3pm
Thursday, December 6, 7:30pm
Friday, December 7, 8pm
Saturday, December 8, 8pm
Sunday, December 9, 3pm
Sunday, December 9, 7pm (Closing)

Running Time: 80 minutes, no intermission
Please come early as there will be no late seating once the performance has begun. Doors open an hour before the performance time, and we invite you to explore the exhibits and installations in our Lobby and Gallery.

**Opening Night Premium Tickets are $59 and include a post-show party with the cast and creative team. Subscriptions, vouchers, gift certificates, and all other discounts are not applicable to this event.

Gun violence ripped apart their lives, now literature will help them heal.

Julian J. Torres, a 37-year-old, recently-paroled scholarship recipient, bursts into Professor Helen Payne's office -- he has missed the first session of her contemporary literature course. He charms his way back into class, and the two become unlikely friends connected through the power of great literature. Funny, painful, and hopeful, The Assignment reminds us that there is life after the unthinkable.

Inspired by real conversations with perpetrators of gun violence and families of victims.


Meet The Playwright

Camilo Almonacid

Camilo Almonacid is a NY-based playwright and actor, born in Bogotá, Colombia and raised in the U.S. The Assignment, commissioned by Houses on the Moon Theater Company, was produced Off-Broadway at the A.R.T/New York Theatres in April 2017. His other plays include Westpine Myopes (Rita Goldberg Award), Checkin In (Irv Zarkower Award), For the Flies (HERE), Church Of Why Not (Theatre 167), After the Crowds (Queen's Museum, NY Times Critic's Pick), and Shithole (HERE). Camilo continues to work on new projects and collaborations that explore the pluralistic voices of American society.

Meet The Director

David Winitsky

David Winitsky directed The Santaland Diaries at Luna Stage in Montclair. As the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of the Jewish Plays Project, a national incubator for new Jewish plays and musicals, David has developed 49 plays, 27 of which have gone on to production in New York, London, Tel Aviv, and around the U.S. His NYC directing/assistant credits include Displaced Wedding (New Worlds Theatre Project), A Wonderful Flat Thing (14th St Y), Brooke Berman's Until We Find Each Other (Best of Festival, MITF). Regional experience includes The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Our Dad is in Atlantis and The Fantasticks.

Meet The Cast

Rafael Poueriet

Rafael Poueriet spent his early childhood in the Dominican Republic and moved to Queens, NY when he was six years old. He has appeared in over a dozen film, television, and theatre productions. Most recent credits include the independent film Hearts Beat Loud, as well as the television shows Orange Is The New Black, Mr. Robot, and The Blacklist. Rafael is also featured in an upcoming Marvel series on Netflix. His first stage appearance was opposite Jazz great Dee Dee Bridgewater in Lady Day at the Little Shubert Theatre. Most recently, Rafael performed in When I Go at the Duke Theatre. In addition to acting, Rafael is a firefighter with the FDNY.

Antu Yacob

Antu Yacob was born in Ethiopia and raised in San Francisco and Minnesota. She was last seen onstage in the 2017 United Solo Theatre Festival's premiere of her show In the Gray. Antu's theatre credits include Risen from the Dough (Sam French OOB Short Play Festival-Winner), Mourning Sun (Theatre 167 and Kampala International Theatre Festival 2016), In the Continuum original national tour (Primary Stages), and A Jew on Ethiopia Street (MixedBlood Theatre). She served as the voice of Zema in the BBC-adapted radio play Shadowbahn. Film & TV credits include Signs of Aging, Daredevil, NightComes On, Gypsy, and Law & Order: SVU.

The Assignment