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Luna Stage Reopens with #RIFT! Plus a Chance to Experience Part 1 Now...
real-life brothers—one a convicted murderer, the other a playwright;
a member of the alt-right versus an A.O.C. type progressive. Join us
for the World Premiere of Gabriel Jason Dean's form-bending theatrical memoir exploring how we bridge
America’s cultural divides. "Is love enough?"
#RIFT Part 1: A FREE Play Over Text Message
(Sign up by Nov 30; starts Dec 1)
Join Us in Person at Luna Stage
#RIFT Part 2: The Live Culmination
(Tickets now available; Feb 10-Mar 6)
these divided times, when truth has become commodified and
weaponized, I think maybe it’s the best thing I can do as a
writer .... Just tell the true story. And in doing that, I think people
will see themselves and their own truths in the story of my estranged
brother and me."—Playwright
Gabriel Jason Dean in New Jersey Stage
is not just a story about me and my brother ... More than anything, is
about making space when it’s uncomfortable to hear each other.
Sitting in the same room even though you don’t think you’ll be able
to see eye to eye.” —Playwright
Gabriel Jason DeaninNJ Monthly
with mature themes including violence, sexual abuse, and racism, and
is intended for audiences 16+.
Do I have to do Part 1 & Part 2 to understand
You can absolutely enjoy Part 3 as a stand-alone
Will strangers text me if I do Part 1?
Nope! Just us! Everything comes straight from Luna
Stage to you.
Will texts wake me up at night?
Nope! We're polite and only text between 10 am and
7pm. We do our best to track your time zones too.
Did I miss anything?
See above! The play starts when you sign up.
Will you sell my phone number?
No, of course not. Who do you think we are? You can
Can I change my mind?
Of course. Just text "stop" if you do. But
we bet you won't want to!
Is this a true story?
Sometimes yes, sometimes not exactly. Certain
aspects have been fictionalized to protect the real people in this
Why are you doing this?
We believe that this deep and ongoing engagement
with the creative process will allow audience and artists to become
collaborative partners, grappling together with how we understand
our past and imagine our future.
This project is supported in part by Venturous
Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation's Plays for Now initiative,
and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance's STAGES Festival.