"Excellent," an "intensely involving work"
– CHICAGO TRIBUNE

January 18 - February 23, 2014 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission

Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls directs this gripping world-premiere drama from Rebecca Gilman, whose work “reaches the heart and head with equal force” (Time).

Caroline, a veteran social worker, thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets Peter and Karlie, two teenaged drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby (Luna Gale). But when she places their infant daughter in the care of Karlie’s mother, Caroline sparks a family conflict that exposes a shadowy, secretive past—and forces her to make a risky decision with potentially life-altering consequences. Powerful and arresting, Luna Gale is an unforgettable tale of faith and forgiveness.

 

 

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Artists

By REBECCA GILMAN, Directed by ROBERT FALLS

Cast

JORDAN BAKER - Cindy
REYNA DE COURCY - Karlie
MELISSA DUPREY - Lourdes
MARY BETH FISHER - Caroline
ERIK HELLMAN - Cliff
COLIN SPHAR - Peter
RICHARD THIERIOT - Pastor Jay

Creative Team and Crew

TODD ROSENTHAL - Scenic Design
KAYE VOYCE  - Costume Design
ROBERT WIERZEL - Lighting Design
RICHARD WOODBURY - Sound Design
NEENA ARNDT - Dramaturg
JOSEPH DRUMMOND - Production Stage Manager

Critical Praise
  • ★★★★ (out of 4)

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Luna Gale packs quite the punch"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Clearly, this writer and this actress, who is doing some of the best work of her career here, are simpatico"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "The high-stakes Luna Gale had the...Goodman in its thrall"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Provocative and impassioned...Fisher is a marvel"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Gilman's bristling dialogue continually pops"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Gilman remains a force to be reckoned with"

    - Entertainment Weekly

  • "Robert Falls' top-notch production keeps the audience constantly alert and a little on edge"

    - Entertainment Weekly

  • "Terrific ensemble...the best work I've seen from Gilman"

    - Time Out Chicago

  • "Thoroughly moving and believable"

    - Newcity

  • "Hugely entertaining"

    - Newcity

  • "I've never seen Fisher create so moving a character. That's really what makes this play so out of the ordinary"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "A fast-paced, ferociously involving work"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Captivating..." a "gripping new play"

    - Chicago Reader

  • "Gilman provides a compelling and compassionate portrait of flawed people making impossible choices"

    - Chicago Reader

  • "Superbly acted, astutely directed"

    - The Daily Herald

  • An "engrossing, emotionally charged drama" and "expertly cast"

    - The Daily Herald

  • "Falls' direction is brisk, straightforward and reflects a master's ability to calibrate...the tension in this remarkable, well-written play"

    - The Daily Herald

  • "Fisher's is the kind of exquisitely ambivalent, intelligent performance we've come to expect from this award-winning actress"

    - The Daily Herald

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