Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Luna Stage Reopens with #RIFT! Plus a Chance to Experience Part 1 Now...


Two 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?"

Back By Popular Demand:
#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)



“In 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 

"This 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 Dean in  NJ Monthly

#RIFT deals 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 Part 3?

You can absolutely enjoy Part 3 as a stand-alone event.​

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 read our whole privacy policy here.


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 story.

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.


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