Press Releases

West Orange Luna Stages Hosts Oscar Nominated Playwright Jose Rivera

4c7d5d505b5d142caa40_533px-Jose_Rivera_playwright.jpg
Credits: wikipedia.com
f17c9397da7dd3c7d081_Marisol_Flyer_final_JPEG.jpg
Credits: Luna Stage
243b51de4706251b3a22_Cast_Picture.jpg
Top(L to R): Nehassaiu deGannes and Debbie Bernstein Bottom (L to R): CHRISTOPHER KELLY , Niegel Smith, Cynthia Fernandez, Emma O'Donnell Credits: Luna Stage
9245dc1f2925806d55f6_PrePdt_Angel_and_Marisol.jpg
Nehassaiu deGannes (L) and Cynthia Fernandez (R) Credits: Niegel Smith
4c7d5d505b5d142caa40_533px-Jose_Rivera_playwright.jpg

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Award-winning playwright José Rivera will hold discussions following the preview performance of Luna Stage's NJ Professional Premiere of his award-winning play Marisol on Sunday April 13th at 3pm. Tickets for this preview performance are $25 and can be purchased at lunastage.org, by calling 973-395-5551 or in person Tues.-Fri. 10am-3pm.

The production runs Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm from April 10th through May 11th.  Opening night is Friday April 18th. Tickets range from $25-$35 and can be purchased at lunastage.org, by calling 973-395-5551 or in person Tues.-Fri. 10am-3pm. Group, student and senior discounts available.

José Rivera is the first Puerto Rican screenwriter to be nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay for the 2004 film The Motorcycle Diaries. He has been a prolific writer for the stage for over two decades.  His plays have premiered off-Broadway and have been seen at major theaters across the country and worldwide. Marisol won the Obie Award for best play in 1993.  

Set in early 90s New York City,  Rivera's powerful and poetic play plunges audiences into the story of a young Latina woman forced to navigate a world left in disarray when her guardian angel leaves her to fight a battle of biblical proportion. In the magic realism style of his mentor Gabriel García Márquez, Rivera creates an urban fantasy, filled with humor and pathos, urging society to recover our long-lost compassion and to wrest our world from the brink of destruction.

"To my knowledge, this play has not been revived professionally in the NY area since its premiere", says Luna Artistic Director, Cheryl Katz. "In some ways this makes sense, because up until now, I don't think the time has been quite ripe.  But now, with where we find ourselves spiritually, economically, and globally, the play feels so relevant again.  I really think Rivera was prescient when he wrote this play. The future he depicts is our present."

For over two decades, Luna Stage has produced thought-provoking theatre that gives voice to emerging American playwrights and re-examines contemporary and classic plays that speak to our times. As producer, educator and innovator, Luna Stage is committed to collaborating with artists of multiple disciplines and community partners to illuminate the diverse perspectives of
society.

Luna Stage is located at 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052. The theatre is handicapped accessible and offers assistive listening devices.


 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Evolve Cycle And Fitness Presale Happening Now!

May 18, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ - Evolve Cycle and Fitness is now offering 10 classes for only $90. That’s only $9 a class when you purchase before its official Grand Opening on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

Only two weeks left to take advantage of this limited time offer! Call Martha at 973-979-5919 or click here to sign up.

Evolve Cycle and Fitness is a Premier Fitness Boutique ...

Save Up To 20% at CNP Treasures

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your mom or that special someone in your life for Mother's Day? Then CNP Treasures has you covered! Save up to 20% at CNP Treasures located at 14 Northfield Ave in West Orange.

Come by this weekend so we can help you find the perfect gift! Offer expires Sunday, May ...

Montclair HS Student Reported Sexual Assault in All-Gender Bathroom, Officials Say

May 17, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - According to published reports on Wednesday, Montclair Police officials are investigating allegations of sexual assault reported to have occurred in a bathroom at Montclair High School.

Montclair police officials state that officers received a report about an incident at the high school of a sexual nature that occurred around 3:18 p.m. on Monday. The ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_3dd755d9dc476b5f4dc3_unnamed__4_

Mon, May 28, 8:00 PM

West Orange High School, West Orange

Board of Education Meeting

Community Calendar Education

Carousel_image_28c899d8572458eda4f7_mini_magick20180422-110109-8dtxfl

Tue, May 29

Essex County

Primary – Vote by Mail deadline

Carousel_image_a6317549d4614cf34367_unnamed__5_

Tue, May 29, 6:30 PM

Council Chambers, West Orange

Township Council Meeting

Clarifying Points Made in Article About WOHS Air Quality Issues

May 14, 2018

Dear Editor, 

I am the advisor to West Orange High School's student newspaper, The Pioneer. My Editor-in-Chief, Anna Favetta, is the student who researched the topic and wrote the article bringing this issue to light. She worked on the article for 4 months before she had adequate and proper information for it to go to print. 

An article on the BOE presentation of the ...

What It Means to Me - A Baseball Story

We are all in amazement of the dedication and talent of our young West Orange athletes. One of the goals of our youth sports programs is to develop our players so they are ready for high school and are prepared for success at that next level of play. Throughout the course of the year we will be featuring some of our talented young athletes and coaches. This week we have the perspective of ...

West Orange On Three!

The spring season is in full swing, and we are excited to debut this new column focusing on all things youth sports!  We thought we would kick things off with an overview of the programs West Orange has to offer, and then go behind the scenes to see what makes youth sports tick.

West Orange Police Athletic League (PAL) and Mountain Top League (MTL), together with the West Orange ...

Summer 2018 Events at the West Orange Public Library

May 15, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Beginning in June, the West Orange Public Library will offer the following events for area residents of all ages:

Dinosaurs’ Rock!                                             

Monday, June 11, 4:00 p.m.

Field Station Dinosaur visits with the ...

Funnel Cloud Appears over South Plainfield

May 16, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A line of heavy thunderstorms roared through South Plainfield on Tuesday evening with a resident capturing a funnel cloud twisting down west and north of Spring Lake Park. The photo captures the funnel cloud, which can be seen in the left-hand side of the photo above.

The photo also captures a school bus driving by, and the South Plainfield Volunteer Fire ...

Avenging Movie Credits

Warning! Nothing you read here will spoil Avengers: Infinity Wars because I didn’t understand it.

As a vibrant, relevant, totally hip and “with it” dad I am proud to say that I have now seen every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  All nineteen of them.

I am less proud to admit that, of those Marvel movies that I can remember, I didn’t understand any of ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

'The Sting' with Harry Connick Jr. Slithers and Shakes at Paper Mill

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and Chicago.  Scott Joplin’s music is intertwined with the show, especially “The ...