Priscilla Lopez Stars in Nilo Cruz’s Bathing in Moonlight, Starting Tonight | Playbill

News Priscilla Lopez Stars in Nilo Cruz’s Bathing in Moonlight, Starting Tonight Emily Mann directs the premiere at New Jersey's McCarter Theatre Center.
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Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz’s Bathing in Moonlight, starring Tony winner Priscilla Lopez, begins performances September 9 at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ.

Lopez, who plays the role of Martina, is joined onstage by Raúl Méndez (Father Monroe), Hannia Guillen (Marcela), Katty Velasquez (Trini), Frankie J. Alvarez (Taviano) and Michael Rudko (Bishop Andres).

The world premiere is described as such: “A priest is torn between two loves….Marcela and her Cuban-American family are struggling and Father Monroe offers them warmth and kindness. Generosity blossoms into love as the lines between vocation and passion begin to blur.”

Artistic director Emily Mann and playwright Cruz reunite for the first time since his Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics with this lyrical and romantic new play. In a statement director Mann said, “This is one of Nilo’s most enchanting plays. It’s not only a beautiful love story, but also a story of family and faith written by one of the greatest poets of the American theater. I’m honored to have Nilo Cruz back at McCarter Theatre.”

The creative/design team includes scenic and lighting designer Edward Pierce, Tony Award-winning sound designer Darron L. West and veteran Broadway costume designer Jennifer von Mayrhauser. Casting is by Laura Stanczyk Casting, CSA.

Bathing in Moonlight was first conceived as a commissioned play when Cruz won the 2014 Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat (Englewood, FL). The production finds its way to the Berlind Stage with the added support of a 2016 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and a McCarter Completion Commission.

Tickets for Bathing in Moonlight start at $25 and are on sale at, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the McCarter Theatre Box Office, located at 91 University Place in Princeton.

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