Duncan MacMillan's LUNGS to Make Philly Premiere at Luna Theater, 1/25-2/16

Duncan MacMillan's LUNGS to Make Philly Premiere at Luna Theater, 1/25-2/16

Luna Theater Company continues its 11th season wilth the Philadelphia premiere of Duncan MacMillan's LUNGS. Running January 25 - February 16, 2013 at the Skybox at The Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. Philadelphia, Penn. Tickets are priced from $15-$30 and can be purchased by visiting www.lunatheater.org or calling 215-704-0033.

Two actors. A bare stage. No miming. No props. A 50-year relationship. 90 Minutes. In a time of global anxiety and political unrest, a young couple contemplates having a child. If they over think it, they'll never do it. But if they rush, it could be a disaster. What will be the first to destruct - the planet or the relationship?

This production is NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 16!

Duncan (playwright) is a London-based writer, director and lecturer. He is the author of LUNGS which was produced in a Rolling World Premiere with the Studio Theatre, Washington DC and Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres. LUNGS was recently nominated for Best New Play in the Theatre Awards UK (TMA) and the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Play or Musical at the Helen Hayes/Theatre Washington Awards and won the CBC Outstanding Drama Award in Canada. His play MONSTER won two awards in the inaugural Bruntwood Playwriting Competition and was nominated in the Best New Play category of the MEN and TMA Awards. It was produced at the Royal Exchange as part of the Manchester International Festival. His adaptation of Ödön von Horváth's DON JUAN COMES BACK FROM THE WAR for The National Theatre Studio/Finborough Theatre has been nominated for four Off West End Awards. He has been Writer In Residence at the Royal Exchange, Paines Plough and the Studio Theatre, Washington DC, a member of 'the 50' attachment at the Royal Court/BBC, is a TS Eliot Fellow, a member of the Soho Six, the Old Vic New Voices and winner of the Old Vic's Big Ambition Award. He is currently writing plays for The National Theatre and Soho Theatre and adapting George Orwell's NINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR for Headlong and EUGENE ONEGIN for BBC Radio.

ABOUT THE CAST:

Charlotte Ford* is a Philadelphia-based theatre artist who creates avant-garde slapstick performance art that celebrates sublime stupidity with joyful abandon. She has toured her original work to the Traverse Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the London Barbican as part of the London Mime Festival, the Paris Maison de Métallos as part of Festival Paris Quartier d'été, and the Festival des 7 Collines in Saint Etienne, France. Original, collaboratively devised work includes CHICKEN (Philadelphia Live Arts 2010), Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl (Fringe First, Edinburgh, 2010, short-listed for Total Theatre Award, Philadelphia Live Arts 2008) and BANG, (Philadelphia Live Arts 2012). She has also collaborated in creating/performing original work with Pig Iron Theatre Company (Welcome to Yuba City {Barrymore nominations, Outstanding Supporting Actress, Outstanding Ensemble), Emmanuelle Delpech (Raymond), Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental (Red Eye to Havre de Grace, Flamingo Winnebago), Rainpan (Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines) and New Paradise Laboratories (Don Juan in Nirvana). She has performed with 1812 Productions (Cherry Bomb {Philadelphia Weekly's "Best Supporting Actress in a Musical}, An Evening without Woody Allen, the upcoming It's my Party, Women in Comedy Project), Theatre Exile (Gruesome Playground Injuries, That Pretty Pretty or the Rape Play, Red Light Winter {Barrymore nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress), Mr. Marmalade {Barrymore nomination, Outstanding Ensemble}), the Arden (Robinhood), the Lantern, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the McCarter, and Brat Productions. She has been a teaching artist with Pig Iron Theatre, the Arden Theatre, Bryn Mawr College, and Arcadia University. She is two-time recipient of the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative grant, the Independence Foundation fellowship, and the 2008, 2009 & 2012 Leeway Art and Change grant. She was a 2011 and 2012 finalist for the F Otto Haas award and the 2012 "Best of Philly Theatre Artist" of Philadelphia Magazine. She holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MFA from the London International School of Performing Arts.

David Raphaely* returns to Luna Theater after last being seen in the company's 2009 production of Slasher. Last season, he performed in Proof at The Walnut Street Theatre, which toured internationally; The Bomb-bitty of Errors with 11th Hour Theatre Company; and The History of Invulnerability at Theatre J in Washington, DC. Other recent Philadelphia credits include, to name a few: Saturn Returns (Theatre Exile); If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Arden Theatre), which received a Barrymore nomination for Outstanding Overall Production; House Divided (InterAct); and the world premiere of The Eclectic Society at the Walnut Street Theatre. Earlier this fall, he played the role of Vinny in the feature film Dead.TV starring Eric Roberts. Next up, he will be playing the title role in Pinocchio at the Arden Theatre.

Gregory Scott Campbell (director) is Founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Luna Theater Company. He has helmed some of Philadelphia's most critically acclaimed productions in the past five years: "Grace" and "Orange Flower Water" by Craig Wright, "Hot 'n Throbbing" by Paula Vogel, "Blasted" by Sarah Kane, and "Bachelorette" by Leslye Headland.

Now in its 11th season, The Luna Theater Company is dedicated to intimate, intelligent, and intense work that delves into the human psyche, Luna Theater Company is the destination for today's provocative voices, with a love for the darkly tragic-comic. The Luna Theater has twice been honored with Philadelphia Weekly's 'Play of the Year' - "Grace" by Craig Wright (2008) and "Blasted" by Sarah Kane (2011).

Luna Theater Company is now at a leap-frog moment in its history as it is finalizing an agreement to partner with the Church of the Crucifixion, at 620 S. 8th Street, to take over a majority of its Parish House and turn it into Philadephia's newest performance space. The Luna holds out hope that the space can be retro-fit in time to produce its 2013-14 season there. This venture was achieved via participation in the 'Partners for Sacred Places" program.

* Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union for professional actors and stage managers in the United States

CREATIVE TEAM:

Playwright - Duncan MacMillan
Director - Gregory Scott Campbell
Assistant Director - Michael Durkin
Production Stage Manager - Mary Rossiter
Scenic Design - Gregory Scott Campbell
Scenic Construction - Mary Rossiter
Lighting Design - Andrew Cowles

Performance Schedule (January 24 - February 16, 2013): Preview - Thursday, January 24, 7:00pm; Opening Night - Friday, January 25, 7:00pm (Press Night). Regular run: Saturday, January 26, 8:00pm; Sunday, January 27, 2:00pm; Wednesday, January 30, 7:00pm; Friday, February 1, 7:00pm; Saturday, February 2, 8:00pm; Sunday, February 3, 2:00pm; Wednesday, February 6, 7:00pm; Friday, February 8, 7:00pm; Saturday, February 9, 8:00pm; Sunday, February 10, 6:00pm (Industry Night); Wednesday, February 13, 7:00pm; Thursday, February 14, 7:00pm; Friday, February 15, 7:00pm; and Saturday, February 16, 8:00pm.

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