Thursday, July 11, 2019

Luna Stage to present Sensory-Friendly Performance of “Luna”

LUNA

WHEN: Sensory-Friendly Date: Sunday, July 21 at 11:00 am (doors open at 10:30)
WHERE:
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange
TICKETS: $15 and are available at LunaStage.org/LunaThePlay
Purchase Before July 15 for Discounts!

  • $10 with code LUNA10, purchase by July 15 (limit 4 per purchase) 
  • $30 for Family Pack of 4 tickets with code LUNAFAM, purchase by July 15

Luna Stage will present a sensory-friendly performance of Ramón Esquivel’s Luna, a bilingual play in Spanish and English for all ages. Luna is an imaginative and hopeful tale of friendship, inspired by stories of migrant kids and their families. The full production runs July 20-28 at Luna Stage.

The sensory-friendly performance is designed especially to create a welcoming, inclusive, and relaxed experience for individuals on the autism spectrum, with sensory sensitivities, or with other special needs. Slight adjustments to the production will include reduction of jarring sounds and lighting cues.

Audience members will be invited to enter the theatre at 10:30 am to familiarize themselves with the surroundings. During the performance, audience lighting will remain on to reduce anxiety. A welcoming seating area in an adjoining room will be available, for those patrons who wish to move around the space or take a break from the production. Resource materials will also be available beforehand so patrons can familiarize themselves with the storyline, characters and context.

Luna tells the funny and hopeful story of Soledad, who sings and dances with the stars and moon every night. Her family is always on the move, so it's easier to talk to Luna, the moon, than to other kids. But Soledad has always wanted to have human friends, so one day she tries something new. This universal tale will speak to everyone who has ever struggled to make friends and keep them.

The production will include original music by Cooper Davis and features members of StudioLuna’s Performance Conservatory Teen Ensemble in conjunction with adult performers. It is directed by Luna Stage Artistic Associate Chris Kuiken.

Running Time: 50 minutes, no intermission

Luna Stage is a professional regional theatre that develops and produces vibrant plays about local and global experiences. Firmly rooted in New Jersey's Valley Arts District—a crossroads of cultures—Luna celebrates the diverse voices of its neighbors and brings its communities together for artistic events that inspire dialogue and build understanding.

Luna is committed to eliminating barriers to participation and nurturing the next generation of audiences and artists. In addition to its Equity MainStage and Studio productions, the company offers classes for children and adults, and developmental programs for early career artists.

Luna has contributed to the development of over 80 new works for the stage, earning a reputation for artistic excellence. Luna’s unique approach to producing, as well as the work itself, fosters an environment of inclusivity, understanding, and infinite possibility.