Friday, May 3, 2013




Featuring the following 10-Minute Plays, 1-Minute Plays and Short Monologues:
The Camel by Simone Bellamey
The Sisters Grey (Monologue Excerpt) by Gab Cody and Lori Roper
I AM by Crawford Daniels
Moonrise by Sonoko Fagans
The Interview by Lucile Lichtblau
Domestic Particulars by Thomas Small
Responsible by Bara Swain
How to Make a Shiva Call by Stephanie Swirsky
Dog Days by Cathy Tempelsman
Travis’ Boy by Jesse Waldinger

WHEN: Monday, May 6th at 7:30 PM
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange
TICKETS: $5 Suggested Donation at the Door
Reservations Suggested. E-mail or call 973.395.5551

The Evening will culminate in a talkback with all of the playwrights


Simone Bellamy - The Camel
Simone Bellamy loves “the arts” and has had an opportunity to bring her talents to the stage in the form of singing and acting. Having developed a love for creative writing and spoken word in college, she has penned numerous poems, sharing her writings with family and friends, and at various “open mic” venues. Her poems include God Didn’t Make Us to Shovel No Snow; No War of Words; Between You and I; and The Camel (a monologue). Simone is thrilled to bring her work to a wider audience at Luna Stage and believes it is an honor to have her work featured in a formal production. Simone grew up in Newark, New Jersey, earned a MA from Pepperdine University, is mother to three grown children; and lives in Irvington, New Jersey. "Those that don't got it, can't show it. Those that got it, can't hide it." —Zora Neale Hurston

Gab Cody - The Sisters Grey (Monologue Excerpt)
Gab Cody’s plays have been staged at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Quantum Theatre and NYC’s Urban Stages, as well as nonameplayers’ SWAN Day festival, the Bricolage Production Company’s IN THE RAW reading series and their 24-hour play festival B.U.S. Prussia: 1866, Gab's farcical examination of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and his protofeminist friends, received a staged reading at The WorkShop Theatre in New York in January 2011. The 2nd American Revolution, a comedy inspired by Tartuffe received a staged reading at the WorkShop Theatre in New York in January 2012. Her film works include shorts and documentaries that have screened at Greetings From Pittsburgh: Neighborhood Narratives, the Cleveland International Film Festival, NYC Horror Film Fest, San Francisco Independent Film Festival, San Francisco’s Disposable Film Fest, the 11/22 International Comedy Short Film Festival in Vienna, Austria, and on WQED-TV. Gab was recently awarded an MFA by Point Park University. She earned her BFA at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Lori Roper - The Sisters Grey (Monologue Excerpt)
Lori Roper is a Professor of English Literature at Essex County College in Newark, NJ. Lori has served as a faculty member of Words and Music, sponsored by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society. During the 2010 Words and Music Festival, she launched the panel discussion on diversity in literature by presenting a reading of her essay, Making War to Create Love, which placed as a finalist in the William Wisdom creative writing competition. Lori was awarded admission to the inaugural Yale Writers’ Conference and upon conclusion of the conference, was described as a “valued participant.” She currently serves as an advisor to the conference chair and plays an integral role in the expansion of the conference’s programming. Throughout her teaching career she has directed students, most notably, in a production of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor for which she and her students were awarded “Best Overall Performance” at the New Jersey Folger Shakespeare Festival. Lori is a theater adjudicator and workshop instructor for the New Jersey, Somerset County Teen Arts Festival. As a ten-year teaching veteran, her experiences as an award-winning educator fuel her dedication to powerful storytelling.


Crawford Daniels - I AM
Born in Elizabeth NJ to Crawford Daniel and Jeanette Roach Daniel in 1947. Lived in Roselle NJ to the age of 2. Family moved to Orange in 1949. Attended Park Ave School K-8. Attended Orange HS to graduation in 1965. Played on the basketball football, track and band teams. In between, he delivered the local African-American Newspaper, worked in his Dad's gas station-repair shop, played in Soul Dukes band and the Teggz Singing Group. Attended the University of Tenn. Knoxville where he was the first black to participate (as a walk-on) in a major sport. Made the Freshman football team but was not allowed to play in games due to influence of booster club (no blacks-this was Southeastern Conference 1965--1st year on integration). Last cut from Basketball team, but did run on the track team. Left UT in 1967 and joined the USN Guard for 10 years. He started the Black Orange Newsletter with a small group of like-minded people. We attended all school board and council meetings in Orange, East Orange, West Orange and South Orange and put that news in our newsletter. Coached football and basketball teams, later focusing on girl's basketball K-8 at the Orange YMCA. Those young ladies went on to lead OHS to a league title 11 years in a row-unmatched anywhere in NJ! Many are now coaches and officials in various schools and organizations.

Sonoko Fagan – Moonrise
"Playwriting is a natural extension of Sonoko Fagans' love of theater. Moonrise is her first play produced by Luna Stage and her directorial debut. A Montclair resident, she works in the information technology field and is currently working on plays ranging from a scientist's attempt to crack the code of love to a post-apocalyptic political adventure."

Lucile Lichtblau - The Interview

Lucile Lichtblau is the winner of the Susan Glaspell Prize and the Israel Baran Award for her play The English Bride, which had its first rolling world premiere at Theatre Exile, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 2012 where it was nominated for the ATCA/Steinberg Award, and its second world premiere at Centenary Stage, Hackettstown, NJ, April, 2013. This production is going to 59East 59th Street Theater in Oct., 2013. Her play Car Talk premiered at StageWorks, Hudson, NY, 2009 and had a regional premiere at And Toto Too Theatre, Denver, CO, 2011. Her play The Hemings Diary, was developed at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, May 2012, where it was nominated for the Weissberger Award. It had a reading at Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ, Feb. 2013. 

Tom Small - Domestic Particulars

Tom Small lives with his wife Maxine and a phalanx of Pug dogs. His fiction received an honorable mention in the Waasmode Fiction Competition and was published in Passages North. He has been a finalist in the Gival Press Fiction Competition. His fiction is forthcoming in The Cooweescoowee, the literary journal of Rogers State University in Oklahoma. Amoskeag Journal, will be publishing his creative non-fiction in spring 2013. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers-Newark in 2011. He divides his time between Maplewood and Tierra del Fuego.

Bara Swain - Responsible

Bara Swain’s plays and monologues have been performed in venues across the country in 13 states, including City Theatre (FL), Potluck Productions (MO), Salem Theatre Company (MA), Theater Works (TN), Flint City Theater Festival (MI), Dubuque Fine Arts Festival (MO), Stage Door Productions (VA), and Theatre Under the Stars (NH). NYC venues include the Barrow Group, Abingdon Theatre Company, Sam French OOB Festival, Artistic New Directions, Kaufmann Theatre, and Ego Actus. She serves as Development Associate & Playwriting Outreach Coordinator, Abingdon Theatre Company, NYC.

Stephanie Swirsky - How to Make a Shiva Call

Stephanie Swirsky's full-length plays include Buyer’s Remorse, I Changed My Mind, I'm Fine, Jessie & Sam (Or Sam & Jessie: A Totally Absurd Love Story) and Jew Kamp. Her plays have been developed or produced at The Brick Theater, The Flea Theater, Theatricum Botanicum, and WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, among others. Stephanie received her MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California, and her BA from New York University.

Cathy Tempelsman - Dog Days

Cathy Tempelsman is new to playwriting. Her full-length work about George Eliot, A Most Dangerous Woman, was a finalist for the 2013 Terrence McNally New Play Award, given to an American script that celebrates “the transformative power of art.” The play will have its world premiere in September at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. The script was also a winner of the Echo Theatre (Dallas, Texas) national playwriting competition, leading to a workshop production there in 2011. Previously, A Most Dangerous Woman benefited from development at both Luna Stage (New Jersey). Tempelsman graduated from Vassar College and has both M.B.A. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University. She and her husband, Leon, have three children and live in New York City.

Jesse Waldinger - Travis' Boy

Jesse Waldinger is an attorney, screenwriter, and playwright. In a legal career spanning nearly forty years, he has specialized in medical malpractice and personal injury. His courtroom drama, The Knights of Mary Phagan, which depicts the notorious Leo Frank trial, has enjoyed seven readings and productions nationwide, and is the source of one of his four screenplays. Another full-length play, The Loyalist, has received staged readings at Keene State College in New Hampshire and most recently at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, New York. Five of his short historical plays have been selected for workshops at the annual conferences of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and three have had full productions at Stageworks/Hudson. Mr. Waldinger lives in Canaan, New York, with his wife, a stage director and theatre teacher.