Tony Nominee Murray to Take Part in Luna Stage's Fall New Moon Play Reading Series

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New Jersey's Luna Stage has announced the works that will be featured in its Fall New Moon Play Reading Series, which will take place Nov. 15-16.

Playwrights Michele Aldin Kushner, Guy Frederick Glass, Kevin Christopher Snipes and Bekah Brunstetter have penned the four works that will comprise the series. Audience feedback will follow each presentation.

Four-time Tony nominee Brian Murray will take part in the reading of Snipes' Small Gods. Additional casting will be announced shortly.

The first work presented will be Michele Aldin Kushner's Advanced Women, directed by Susan Kerner, at 3 PM on Nov. 15. The play, according to press notes, "looks at the lives of the poets and sisters, Alice and Phoebe Cary. Each woman endured romantic heartache, and chose to share a life together rather than pursue marriage. Near the end of their lives, they ask one another if indeed their sacrifice for career and independence was worth their loss of love and family."

At 8 PM that day, Luna will present Guy Frederick Glass' The Last Castrato under the direction of John Henry Davis. According to press notes, "the scene is The Sistine Chapel, Rome, at the dawn of the twentieth century. Tradition clashes with modernity as the last castrato, a living fossil, struggles to preserve his art."

On Nov. 16 at 3 PM will be Small Gods from playwright Kevin Christopher Snipes. Adam Immerwahr directs the work, which concerns "the nineteenth century's two greatest actors Edwin Forrest and William Charles Macready (Murray) [who] have worked to destroy each other for fifty years. Macready, though, may finally achieve the upper hand when he enlists Death itself to destroy his rival. But Death's price is nothing less than the very secrets which have haunted Macready's soul, and revealing them will cost the actor more than he ever imagined." The final offering in Luna's Fall New Moon readings will be Bekah Brunstetter’s Ms. Lilly Gets Boned, directed by Cheryl Katz, on Nov. 16 at 7:30 PM. "Elephants and humans have cohabited for hundreds of years," according to press notes. "One is big, the other is small, one peaceful, one violent. Miss Lilly, a Sunday school teacher, has been waiting patiently for God to drop a man in her lap. A new student comes to class: Jordan, a young Indian boy, whose mother was recently killed by an elephant. When Jordan disturbs the harmony of her classroom - and his father disturbs the harmony of her heart, Miss Lilly must re-examine her faith."

There is a suggested donation of $5 for all New Fall Moon readings. For further information phone (973) 744-3309 or visit LunaStage.

Luna Stage is located at 695 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, NJ.

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