2017-2018 Season

Luna Stage Production History. Celebrating 26 Seasons!

June 8 - June 9, 2018


by Chris Cragin-Day

Tornado by Chris Cragin-Day, is directed by Jackie Knollhuff, Artistic Resident of Luna Stage for the 2017-2018 season. Performances on Friday, June 8th at 8pm and Saturday, June 9th at 3pm and 8pm. Suitable for ages 14 and up.

Tickets for all performances are $15 and can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Administrative Office, Tuesday-Friday from 10am to 3pm. Luna Stage is located at 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ, in the heart of The Valley Arts District. 973-395-5551 Ext. 10.

Tornado is a new play about three women in the aftermath of a devastating tornado in Oklahoma. Jade, a student at Oklahoma Baptist University, and Becca, a corporate lawyer in New York City, have come to volunteer in the clean-up efforts and to help local resident Tanya pick up the pieces of her life. But when a Chic-fil-A truck arrives to offer free lunch, their vastly divergent cultural perspectives clash head-on, and they must struggle to set aside their differences in an ever-changing landscape of chaos. The production stars Judy Wilson, Tasha Williams, and Caitlin Coats.

Meet The Creative Team

Jacqueline Knollhuff

Jacqueline Knollhuff (Director) will graduate in May with her Master's in Theatre Studies from Montclair State University, where she co-directed the 2017 production of Euripides's Helen in the MSU amphitheater. She was a member of the 2016-2017 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership Program. She has worked at Burning Coal Theatre Company in North Carolina and Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown, where she was the assistant director to Tony Award nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett. As an Artistic Resident at Luna, she was Cheryl Katz's assistant director for this year's production of Razorhurst. Her passions include new play development and theatre for persons with disabilities. She hopes to eventually start her own theatre company or to earn her Ph.D. and teach theatre.

Chris Cragin-Day

Chris Cragin-Day (Playwright) is an alumnus of The Public's EWG (The River Nun, 2009 Spotlight Series) and O'Neill NMTC (Son of a Gun, co-writer Don and Lori Chaffer). Her play, Martin Luther on Trial, developed with Max McLean, had an Off-Bway run in 2017, a National Tour in 2017, and has another national tour coming up this summer. Her play A Woman was part of 59E59th's Summer Shorts 2017 and just received a reading of the full-length version at The Sheen Center. And her play Foster Mom won Premiere Stage's New Play Award and received a production there September 2017. Her musical, The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph's Baby, which played in the 2016 NYC Fringe (co-written with Don Chaffer), had a mid-west tour by River and Rail Theater in 2017 and has another tour in the works for 2018. Her play, The Rare Biosphere, was part of Luna Stage's New Moon Series and Sea Dog Theater's reading series at The Sheen Center. Other NYC productions: The Selfish Giant (co-writer Michael Castillejos) International Arts Movement, Son of a Gun, Joe's Pub (Richard Rogers Award finalist), Emily, Firebone Theater at Theater Row. Chris is an Associate Professor of English and Theater at The King's College NYC. She lives in Weehawken, NJ with her husband, Steve Day, their daughter, Kansas, and their foster son, Noah.

Caitlin Coats

Caitlin Coats (Jade) is excited to play the part of Jade in Tornado. Some of her favorite past roles include Hannah from Arcadia, Mrs. Paddy from the Curious Savage, and Rebecca Nurse from The Crucible. She recently read stage directions at Luna Stage's reading of The Rare Biosphere and is glad to be back here with another one of Chris Cragin-Day's marvelous scripts! She is currently a student at the King's College and is happy to say this is her first professional role!

Tasha R. Williams

Tasha R. Williams (Becca) Studied Theater Arts, with a concentration in Acting, at Fordham University College at Lincoln Center. She is thrilled to be a part of this production and making her Luna Stage debut. Some of her favorite acting credits include To Kill A Mockingbird (Calpurnia), For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf (Lady In Orange), Sister Act: The Devine Musical (Deloris Van Cartier), Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Cassandra), Doubt (Mrs. Muller **Perry Award Winner 2016), Clybourne Park (Francine/Lena), The Full Monty (Georgie) and A Raisin in the Sun (Ruth Younger). She sends many thanks to this incredible cast and crew for the opportunity to be a part of something so wonderful, and heart felt love and appreciation to her husband, Alex, her children Aaliyah and Erik and her amazing family and friends for their never ending support!

Judy Wilson

Judy Wilson (Tanya) is excited to make her debut at Luna Stage. Favorite past roles include Sister James in Doubt, Lily Garland in 20th Century, and Princess Buttercup in The Princess Bride. In addition to theater, Judy works in film and TV, as well as teaching college English. Upcoming productions include the film Brenda's Social Sanctuary with Brain Splinter Productions and the TV pilot Cherri Red: Sweet Escape. Judy praises God for all the wonderful opportunities and thanks her husband for all his support. JudyWilson02.wix.com/actor