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Luna Stage Presents World Premiere Of ROAN @ THE GATES By Christina Gorman

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Luna Stage Presents World Premiere Of ROAN @ THE GATES By Christina Gorman

Luna Stage will launch 2019 with the World Premiere of Christina Gorman's cyber-security romance Roan @ The Gates by, directed by Michelle Tattenbaum. An exploration of internet privacy and the risks of whistleblowing, this suspenseful new play examines the cost of doing the right thing.

Inspired by a shadowy photograph of Edward Snowden's girlfriend, Roan @ The Gates is a fictional investigation into cyber-security. Roan is a data analyst for the NSA, and her wife, Nat, is a lawyer committed to human rights advocacy. When their personal life collides with national security, it launches a beautiful, high-stakes adventure that illuminates the cost of secrecy.

Roan @ The Gates springs from my alarm at the rapid pace at which our supposedly private online data is being swept up and catalogued by individuals, companies, and governments, says playwright Christina Gorman. Now that virtually everything about ourselves exists in electronic form, is the battle already lost? Is the very notion of privacy gone for good?

Michelle Tattenbaum, the play's director, adds We're all inhabiting two worlds at once. Living two lives at once. We're living our tangible, physical lives, in our homes, with our loved ones, and then we are living a virtual life that is hidden from us, the life of all the data points we accumulate and disseminate by our actions. And this play tells the story of a couple whose tangible, physical life is devoured by their life of data and computing.

Gorman is fascinated by whistleblowers. What are the personal consequences of making such a radical gesture? What happens not only to the idealistic individual, but to the loved ones who are forced to live with the aftermath? And, in the end, is the action of a whistleblower selfless or selfish?

Luna's new Artistic Director Ari Laura Kreith chose the play for her inaugural season because Roan @ The Gates inspires us to look at our own relationships to moral choices, and ask 'What matters to me enough that I would risk everything to do what is right? What is the moral breaking point for me?' These questions are terrifying but vital.

Roan @ The Gates is the third play in Luna's 2019-2020 season, which centers around the question of how we bridge cultural divides. Each play is set in at least two locations (Roan takes place in Washington D.C. and Russia) and grapples with contemporary human connection and communication. Earlier this season Luna produced J.Stephen Brantley's Pirira, set simultaneously in the African nation of Malawi and midtown Manhattan, and Camilo Almonacid's The Assignment, an interview-inspired piece exploring gun violence and reconciliation. Coming in April is Gabriel Jason Dean's Heartland, set in Nebraska and Afghanistan, which explores family, loss, and love.

Tickets are $16-39, and are available at LunaStage.org/Roan or by calling 973 395 5551. A limited number of premium Opening Night tickets are available for $59, including the post-show party with cast and creative team.


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