SAMPLES OF WORK

We invite you to explore Luna Stage samples of our recent productions.

Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library

Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library (World Premiere)

Writer: Jenny Lynn Bader
Director: Ari Laura Kreith
Cast: Giuliana Carr
          Karl Kenzler
          Brett Temple

REVIEWS

"An intimate, riveting revelation of insight and courage expressed in unexpected ways... providing optimism for the fate of the human race.” —Ruth Ross, NJ Arts Maven

Johanna Stern will become one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. But at the moment, no one has heard of her, or even of the name she writes under, Hannah Arendt. She is merely a graduate student with one book under her belt. Karl Frick is a young officer, recently promoted from the criminal police force to the political police force, a new division in 1933 Berlin. His first interrogation in this new job promises to be his most challenging one. A fantastical drama about one of our deepest thinkers, inspired by real events.

 

“Gripping... A play for our times!” —Susan Wallner, Jersey Arts

"A powerful and timely tour de force!" —Oleg Sulkin, Voice of America

"In a moment of intense polarization in our own political discourse, the play is more than a history lesson and a drama; it’s also a dissertation on how to speak to another person across a seemingly impassable gulf!" —Johanna R. Ginsberg, New Jersey Jewish News

“Thoughtful and thought-provoking! Get tickets today and take your sharpest friends with you... I came away wanting to know more, and with the desire to engage someone very far on the other side of the ideological fence. The right time is now!” —Sherri Rase, Q Onstage

PASS OVER

PASS OVER

Writer: Antoinette Nwandu
Director: Devin E. Haqq

Cast: Kevis Hillocks

          Robert Barnes    

          Woodrow Proctor

"The acting throughout is fantastic, and Haqq has staged some wonderful comedy." —Gwen Orel, Montclair Local

REVIEWS

Moses and Kitch chill on the corner talking smack, passing the time, and hoping that today a miracle will come. They stand by a lamppost in a present-day ghetto, but it's also a plantation, and it's also Egypt, a city built by slaves. A provocative mashup of Waiting for Godot and the Exodus saga, Pass Over exposes the unquestionable human spirit of young black men who dream about a promised land they've yet to find.

 

"Breathaking and disturbing... brilliant...

must see!" —ShowScore

"This is a story for our times. It is a profound play that will inspire empathy and much needed dialogues about African American experiences.” —Marina Kennedy,  BroadwayWorld

"Imbued with hip-hop lyricism and biblical resonance, Pass Over is a 90-minute meditation on much of human history, seen through the experiences of two pulsating and frequently terrified black men....The play does not universalize; it makes it essential, insisting that this crisis is very real, very dangerous, and made all the more threatening by complacency...(Moses and Kitch) are characters in a play,

but also they are urgently real." —Patrick Maley, NJ.com/Star Ledger

#RIFT Part 1

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#RIFT Part 1: A Play Via Text Message  (World Premiere) 

Writer: Gabriel Jason Dean
Director: Ari Laura Kreith

REVIEWS

Two real-life brothers—one a convicted murderer, the other a playwright; a member of the alt-right versus an A.O.C. type progressive. Luna Stage presents the World Premiere of #RIFT: Play Via Text Message, a form-bending theatrical memoir exploring how we bridge America's cultural divides

 

#RIFT incorporates audio files, photos, and epistolary correspondence, all delivered over text message to audience members' phones. Playwright Gabriel Jason Dean navigates a deeply personal landscape with this production; his brother is a currently incarcerated member of the alt-right, and the two had barely spoken in 10 years. In creating this piece, Dean reconnected with his brother to explore the roots of their differences, to see if there is any way to find common ground and to try to understand what love means in this context. Join playwright Gabriel Jason Dean in exploring the ideological divide in America and asking, "Is love enough?"

“In these divided times, when truth has become commodified and weaponized, I think maybe it’s the best thing I can do as a writer,” says Dean. “Just tell the true story. And in doing that, I think people will see themselves and their own truths in the story of my estranged brother and me."  – New Jersey Stage 

"The idea is that this is not just a story about me and my brother,” says (playwright Gabriel Jason) Dean. “The piece, more than anything, is about making space when it’s uncomfortable to hear each other. Sitting in the same room even though you don’t think you’ll be able to see eye to eye—forcing that, forcing yourself to do that.”  – NJ Monthly

CAST: J. Stephen Brantley

           Gabriel Jason Dean

           Jessica Dean

           Kevin Dougherty

.          Patricia French

           John P. Keller

           Trevor St. John-Gilbert