Friday, March 31, 2017

DRAMA RECEIVES WORLD PREMIERE @ LUNA STAGE

WHEN: April 13 – May 13, Thursdays through Saturdays 8 PM; Sundays 2 PM; Opening night is Friday, April 21st. Performances on April 16th, 23rd and 27th will be followed by a talkback.
WHERE:
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange
TICKETS: from $27-$37 dollars. 
Group sales are available.
$10 Student Rush tickets are available one half-hour before curtain. Individual tickets can be purchased at lunastage.org, or by calling the Box Office Tues.-Fri. 10am-3pm (973-395-5551). 

Please note, this play contains mature situations and frank sexuality. Click Here for More Information

Paralyzed in the car accident that claimed her mother's life, 17-year-old Ellen is determined to experience all her teenage years have to offer. But when the past comes knocking on the door in the form of Ellen's brother, her small family's delicate balance is upended. In a home awash with anger, guilt, and Ellen's raging hormones, Tranquil is a raw exploration of one shattered family striving to be whole again.

Meet the Cast of the World Premiere of Tranquil by Andrew Rosendorf

Tony Knotts: "I think two big issues are ... finding peace within oneself, and if these characters can maybe find peace within themselves they can maybe in turn find peace with the other members of the family. And through that ... is this idea of forgiveness... The question is, are there inexcusable actions? Can you do something so heinous and terrible that there's no way to get back from that?"

Frank Licato:  "This play is ... about empathy. I think it's about trying to understand what it's like to be in someone else's shoes, and to also give yourself over to what someone else might be suffering, and I think that's a really valuable thing, especially in the world we live in now."

Brittany Annika Liu: "The issues of the play all revolve around relationships, so, survivor's guilt, forgiveness, connection; I think that this is really about how the journey of relationships change when a trauma occurs, and how the dynamics of a family are ultimately rearranged when a disability is present."

Brendan McGrady: "The play raises issues of loss, obviously, survivor's guilt, learning how to feel when you can't feel, and self-discovery."

Click Here for More Information on the Actors and the Show

Playwright Andrew Rosendorf's plays include Cane (Florida Stage), Brilliant Corners (NNPN National Showcase of New Plays), Good Night & God Bless or The Lone Ranger Rides Again, and The Kid. Andrew is an alum of terraNOVA Collective's Groundbreakers Playwrights Group, NNPN's Playwright-in-Residence program, and has been a VCCA and MacDowell Colony Fellow. He is the recipient of a 2015-2016 Jerome Fellowship and a 2016-2017 McKnight Fellow in Playwriting at the Playwrights' Center. MFA: The New School for Drama, Playwriting. www.andrewrosendorf.com

Tranquil was developed at The Lark Play Development Center, La Jolla Playhouse, The terraNOVA Collective, Actor's Express, American Theatre Company and Luna Stage.

Luna Stage is a small but mighty professional theatre company located in Essex County, NJ, just under 15 miles from New York City. Throughout the past 25 years, the company has earned a national reputation for developing and producing outstanding new plays and timely revivals and for taking on challenging and provocative subject matters in their work.

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