SECRET CITIES is an ongoing collaboration between Luna Stage and surrounding communities. Beginning in 2018 with the site-specific WALKING THE VALLEY, a series of short plays set in venues and outdoors in the Valley Arts District, Luna has commissioned and produced new work inspired by local interviews and history. In June 2019, HEART OF ORANGE celebrated people and stories along Main Street in Orange, New Jersey. Coming in 2020: a cycle of commissioned songs inspired by local community heroes.
Excerpt from "Look Up Orange", created and performed by Orange resident Turron Kofi Alleyne for Secret Cities: Heart of Orange
Listen to "We Knead" by Miranda Ferris Jones, performed by Allison Posner, as part of Secret Cities: Heart of Orange, inspired by Jeanne Serrano of Serrano's Sanitary Bakery in Orange
6 playwrights, 2 composers, 2 lyricists... and 1 neighborhood.
Eight short pieces inspired by real locations and people in the City of Orange—performed on location in the spaces that inspired them on June 8, 2019.
Written by Turron Kofi Alleyne, Jessica Baskerville, Sergio Caetano, Phoebe Farber, Miranda Ferriss Jones, Kait Kerrigan, Ben Morss, and Diane Polledri. Directed by Chris Kuiken and Ari Laura Kreith.
Excerpt from "Burgers and Fries" by Ben Morss, performed by Chris Kuiken at State Diner as part of Secret Cities: Walking the Valley
Walking The Valley was a site-specific theatrical adventure with music inspired by the Valley Arts District of Orange and West Orange. Set in three distinct locations in the Valley, the piece included a score Emmy Award-winning composer D.D. Jackson, with choreography by Chantel Adams (Dallas Black Dance Theatre) and vocals by Marlaina Sims Powell (Broadway's The Lion King) and three site-specific new plays (written on location in just 48 hours!). The performance began at Artfull Bean Cafe, 400 S. Jefferson St in Orange, at 3pm on March 18, and traveled from there to State Diner and Luna Stage.
Written by Jessie Field, Stephen Kaplan and Doriane Swain, with songs by Clint Edwards and Ben Morss (Cake, Wheatus.) Performers included Turron Kofi Alleyne, Andrew Binger, Ilana Ruth Cohen, Aaliyah Habeeb, Jevonnah Mayo, Brittani Murphy, Alexa Teebo, and Joanna Warner, with creative support from Maggie Borgen and Chris Kuiken. Directed by Ari Laura Kreith.