Saturday, January 26, 2013
Nikkole Salter talks with Patch about her upcoming play “Carnaval,” an explicit play about the consequences of sexual tourism.
Bloomfield playwright Nikkole Salter will have have her second play, “Carnaval,” produced at Luna Stage in West Orange beginning at the end of January. Salter is coming off her first critically acclaimed coauthored play, “In the Continuum,” which was written in 2005. The Off-Broadway production lasted about five months, and it was also produced overseas. Salter has also appeared in the feature film “Pride & Glory," and received various accolades and nominations. Her most recent written work, “Carnaval”, was selected to be a part of The New Black Fest 2011-2012 season. About the Play, “Carnaval” A year ago in Brooklyn, two young men mourned the untimely loss of their best friend. In his honor they decided then and there that, despite …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Edison's Frankenstein and the Vampire Ball start the Halloween Festivities
Check out some of the events going on this coming week: United Way Caregivers Coalition Munch & Learn Educational 300 Executive Dr, West Orange, NJ 07052 (Patient Care, Suite 175) Wednesday 6 to 7:30 p.m. CAREGIVERS – Join us for this free Dinner seminar. Presented by Dr. Suganthini Umakanthan and Rashmi Aggarwal, RN, MSN, APN-C, Center for Geriatric Health Care at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Call for reservation: 973.746.4040, x209 Mayor Parisi – Open Office Hours 66 Main Street, WO Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. No appointment needed. Stop by and share you concerns and thoughts on the Township of West Orange. The Blow-Out Lounge Anthony Roberts Salon, 279 Bloomfield Ave, Verona Thursday 5 to 9 p.m. This Fabulous Blow-Out …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Still time to visit the Farmers' Market
Check out some of the events going on in West Orange this coming week: Candidates Night for Board of Education West Orange High School, 51 Conforti Ave, West Orange Monday 7:30 p.m. The candidates will make opening statements followed by a Question and Answer period with written questions from the audience. BABY 101 Atkins Kent Building, 101 Old Short Hills Road, Suite 105, West Orange Wednesday 7 p.m. Free informational class for expectant parents, whether it is your first child or not. Led by Board certified pediatrician. Call 973-325-1115 Women Living Consciously National Tour The Manor, 111 Prospect Street, West Orange 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This tour is designed to inspire, motivate and empower women to live as Conscious and …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Vita and Virginia will be performed on Oct. 11 at 2 p.m.
In a late-breaking theatre opportunity, Luna Stage will present Vita and Virginia at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 11. Get tickets here. The performance has garnered exciting reviews from The New York Times. The work of two women, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, is presented by many. Luna Stage premieres 'Vita and Virginia', written by Eileen Atkins, in New Jersey, with performances starting this weekend. Directed by Jane Mandel, and starring Mona Hennessy as Virginia Woolf and Rachel Black-Spaulding as Vita Sackville-West, the show was introduced Sunday to the public by South Orange resident and Virginia Woolf scholar, Professor Anne Fernald. The play is based on letters the two writers exchanged over a period of some 20 years. …
Friday, October 5, 2012
The Valley Arts District's Luna Stage premieres 'Vita and Virginia." South Orange's Anne Fernald introduced the show.
The work of two women, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, is presented by many. Luna Stage premieres 'Vita and Virginia', written by Eileen Atkins, in New Jersey, with performances starting this weekend. Directed by Jane Mandel, and starring Mona Hennessy as Virginia Woolf and Rachel Black-Spaulding as Vita Sackville-West, the show was introduced Sunday to the public by South Orange resident and Virginia Woolf scholar, Professor Anne Fernald. The play is based on letters the two writers exchanged over a period of some 20 years. Performances continue through October 28. Mandel describes 'Vita and Virginia' as the story of "two exceptional women struggling to navigate their lives, their work and their need for intimacy in a world full …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
A 2-day festival offers workshops and performances on Luna Stage
Thursday, July 12, 2012
A new tradition is coming to the Valley Arts District at the end of July – The Luna Fusion Fest: The Heart & Soul of Rock & Jazz. Luna Stage will host a 2-day festival of workshops and performances featuring electric jazz and big band rock, at their home stage in West Orange. Some of New York’s busiest studio musicians, composers, and teachers will be on hand to jam, perform and instruct. Fans of arena rock, bebop, big bands and jam bands are invited to attend. Fusion Fest features two ticketed evening events- percussionist and educator Gregg Bendian who will perform with his Mahavishnu Project and alto saxophonist Ed Palermo, who will debut his new ensemble Eddy's Chemistry Set. Each event is $20 per ticket. The Mahavishnu Project …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
New Visions Players brings a show to West Orange.
A play that struck an emotion chord for Broadway viewers in 2009 is coming to West Orange by a new up-and-coming theater production called New Vision Players Inc., of Paramus. The Pulitzer Prize winning rock musical “Next to Normal” is set to perform at the Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, starting May 25 with two sets of casts for 10 performances. The box office can be reached at 973-395-5551, ext. 1. “I want everything to be real and intimate,” said Michael Haber, the co-founder and president of the production company. “It’s going to be an emotional roller coaster of a show.” The six-person play centers on a mother, Diana, who is bi-polar and has obsessive disorder, and focuses on the touching torment her family members endure trying to …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Frankie Faison performed a scene from Luna Stage's new play, Reparation
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Luna Stage hosted a special performance at the West Orange Public Library Feb. 2 featuring Tony nominee Frankie Faison. Faison performed a scene from Luna's new play, Reparation, prior to opening night. Reparation weaves an intricate tale about an investment banker who finds himself at a cross roads when he realizes playing the race card doesn't pan out the way he thought it would. The play premiered this month at Luna. Fason is known for his work on Fences, Gods & Generals, The Wire, and Silence of the Lambs. Director Jane Mandell moderated a discussion and playwright Gino Dilorio answered questions from the public. The event was part of a new partnership between Luna and the library.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
This Sunday Michael Aquino curates the Indie Music Circus at Luna Stage.
He wears more hats than Bartholomew Cubbins, the kid in that book by Dr. Seuss. He's an actor, a playwright, an emcee, a musician, a singer and a songwriter. However, this Sunday night at Luna Stage in West Orange, Michael Aquino will perhaps play his best-known role. Aquino will be curating his Indie Music Circus. No, no elephants, girls in sparkly tights or guys on a high wire. Just a few tunesmiths sitting in the round, playing their songs. Then, talking to Aquino about their craft. This night has become one of the certainties of life. "The Indie Music Circus is in its fourth year," said Aquino, who hails from Union City and now lives in Bloomfield. "We've had it at Luna Stage for about 2½ of those years. I started it and I host it. But…