Friday, November 6, 2015


New Moon Reading

WHEN: Monday, November 9th, at 7:30 PM

The Consul, The Tramp, and America's Sweetheart
by John Morogiello

No reservations necessary. $5 suggested donation at the door.

On the eve of World War II, the German consul to Hollywood tries to stop production on Charlie Chaplin's first talkie, The Great Dictator. The result is a comedy based on a true story about the powers of art, politics, commerce, and what it means to be American.

John Morogiello is a Playwright in Residence at the Maryland State Arts Council and a member of The Dramatists Guild. Plays include Engaging Shaw (Old Globe, Vienna's English Theatre in Austria, New Jersey Rep, and Abingdon Theatre Company off-Broadway) and Blame It On Beckett (Colony Theatre, Abingdon). Both plays have been published by Samuel French. Other plays include Play Date (Oldcastle), Stonewall's Bust (Mountain Playhouse), Irish Authors Held Hostage (Greenwich Street Theatre, Warehouse Theater in Washington, and Edinburgh's Bedlam Theatre), Men and Parts (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Gianni Schicchi (Rep Stage), and The Matchmaker's Guide to Controlling the Elements (2Co's Cabaret, Alleyway Theatre). Awards include: 2015 Julie Harris Playwright Award, 2015 Boomerang Fund for Artists Grant, The Kennedy Center Fellowship of the Americas, Holland New Voices Playwright Award (Great Plains Theatre Conference), Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Award, and Baltimore Magazine's "Best Up and Coming Playwright." He is a frequent contributor to Flagpole Radio Cafe.

The New Moon Reading Series

The Second Monday of Every Month (October-May)

The mission of The New Moon Reading Series is to support emerging playwrights by providing them with the opportunity to hear their new work read aloud by professional actors and to pose questions to, and receive feedback from audience members in a safe and constructive environment.

A play reading is a vital step in a playwright's process of developing a new play to the point where it is ready for a full production. Come be a part of the creative process! Each reading is followed by a talkback with the playwright.

Click here for information on upcoming readings.

WHERE: Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange