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Luna Stage announces a 1pm matinee
performance of Westphalia
on Thursday, October 26, at 1pm. Tickets to this special showing are
Designed to be accessible to older adults, this
performance is open to all ages. Tickets are available at www.lunastage.org/westphalia
or by calling 973-395-5551.
Set in the not-too-distant future, Westphalia explores
a world grappling with a wild new robotic economy, where AI
determines people’s right to buy or sell their own citizenship. In an
idyllic small town, a family descended from the Pilgrims has fallen
on hard times. Will they be allowed to cash out and go somewhere new?
“We are so thrilled to be bringing this world premiere
to audiences,” said Luna Stage Artistic Director Ari Laura Kreith. “Westphalia
tackles some of the most urgent questions of our time in ways that
are unique, surprising, adventurous and hopeful."
“Westphalia takes on multiple existential threats
that humans are facing—AI, the climate crisis—and illustrates how the
true threat is, in fact, the capitalist system that exploits our
labor and planet,” says director Lila Rachel Becker.
“Technology provides tantalizing possibilities,”
elaborates playwright Helen Banner. "In Westphalia, we're
using AI to subvert our expectations of national identity. I'm
interested in why, when technology is so adaptive and fast-changing,
our ideas about citizenship and borders remain so rooted in the old
world of seventeenth century Europe.”
“Westphalia has very complex systems and people at
its center, but it's also a satire that shows us the absurdity of the
moment that we're living through,” says Becker. “I love that Helen
holds back from offering easy answers. I hope that encourages us to
Westphalia opens October 19, and runs Thursdays at
7:30, Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 3 through November
12 at Luna Stage, 555 Valley Rd. in West Orange. General admission
tickets for the full run are available at LunaStage.org or by calling
About Luna Stage
Luna Stage is a professional regional theatre dedicated
to developing and producing vibrant plays about local and global
experiences. Firmly rooted in New Jersey's Valley Arts District – a
crossroads of cultures – Luna brings its communities together for
artistic events that spark conversations and create understanding and
Luna received the JerseyArts People's Choice Award for
Favorite Small Theatre in New Jersey, and has contributed to the
development of over 100 new works for the stage, many of which
premiered at Luna and have gone on to be produced in New York,
regionally and internationally.
As producer, innovator, and educator, Luna is dedicated
to eliminating barriers to participation and allowing all community
members to nurture their own creativity and vision. Luna offers
classes for children and adults, as well as opportunities for
early-career and established theatre artists to develop and incubate
All programs at Luna are pay-what-you-choose to support
equity and access to professional arts experiences in our region.