2018-2019 Season

Luna Stage Production History. Celebrating 26 Seasons!

January 21, 2019

American Rookie

By Dipti Bramhandkar

Directed by Padraic Lillis

Part coming-of-age tale, part social commentary and part comedy, American Rookie grapples with what it means to be an immigrant at a time when the country can't stop talking about it. Inspired by Bramhandkar's experiences growing up and living in America after moving from Mumbai to rural Upstate New York, American Rookie brings to life the joy, humor and pain of the assimilation process - from mimicking 80's fashion and studying Judy Blume books to constructing a new American persona altogether.

In 2019, there is a lot of talk about walls - between countries, between political parties and between people. Join us in scaling those walls through an intimate performance and group discussion.

The New Moon Series at Luna Stage

Join us for a casual workshop reading of a new play in Luna2, followed by conversation with the playwright! Our New Moon Series supports playwrights in developing their work, and offers audiences a chance to see new plays in process. Every New Moon Event is followed by a talkback.

ADMISSION: Zero-pressure $15 suggested donation
We want our New Moon Readings 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.

Meet The Playwright

Dipti Bramhandkar

Dipti Bramhandkar is a writer and producer. Her plays tackle big issues such as fertility, gender roles, media, and identity, and have been performed at the Kraine Theater, Bank Street Theater, Labyrinth Theater, Punto Space, Brooklyn Reliquary Museum and the New York Theater Workshop. Her play, The Accident, debuted at the Frigid Festival in 2015 and won numerous awards including Best Drama. Her training includes Lyle Kessler's Playwriting Masterclass (Strasberg Institute), Lyle Kessler's Acting Salon, and the LAByrinth Theater Company's Intensive Ensemble. She is the creative strategist of the 100 Monologues project created by Eric Bogosian, most recently collaborating with Peter Dinklage, Aasif Mandvi, and Winona Ryder. She received her B.A. from Cornell University and her M.A. from Cambridge University. She 'daylights' as a partner at Iris Worldwide, an advertising agency.