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conversation with playwright Gabriel Jason Dean,
Laura Kreith, and members of the creative team,
facilitated by dramaturg Natashia
Lindsey. Peek behind the scenes of the
development of this new play commissioned and developed at Luna
show, join us for a conversation with Rev. Anya
Sammler-Michael on the rifts which can occur
between individuals or between communities. Rifts that
deepen between nations become wars. In this conversation we will
consider the rift that is building in our own Northern
New Jersey communities since the terrorist attack on October 7th,
and the war that is ongoing in Gaza. Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael
who has, been working in step with the interfaith community in
Montclair to address the rift and provide space for
deep listening will speak with us about the need for
communal care during communal rifts. Rev. Anya has a
background in conflict resolution and crisis intervention.
Rev. Anya is the senior co-minister of the Unitarian Universalist
Congregation at Montclair and she has an
extensive background in conflict resolution and crisis
for a special event with Out
Montclair. Out Montclair is a community of
individuals dedicated to providing support and solidarity for the
LGBTQ+ population of Montclair and beyond. More details on this
post-play conversation coming soon!
tickets for another night? No problem! You are welcome to return
for as many post-play conversations as you wish!
A work of fiction, RIFT or White Lies is
inspired by playwright Gabriel Jason Dean’s relationship with his
brother, a currently-incarcerated high-level member of the
alt-right. The two had been estranged since Dean’s discovery of
his brother’s affiliation in 2010. In creating the piece, Dean
reconnected with his brother to explore the roots of their
ideological differences and try to find common ground.