2017-2018 Season

Luna Stage Production History. Celebrating 26 Seasons!

June 14 - June 20, 2018

The Caregivers

A New Play by Ruth Zamoyta

Two Performances:
Thursday, June 14 at 7:30pm and
Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30pm

Aides feed strangers, tend to their wounds, and change their diapers. Immigrants leave their children so they can provide. Mothers raise daughters, daughters raise granddaughters, and daughters help mothers die. The Caregivers is a moving and provocative look at two women in a prism of caregiving, making unconventional decisions in the name of love and mercy.

Noreen G. Farley, Claire McClanahan, and Alzie Rejouis

Directed by Cheryl Katz

This event is free of charge but reservations are strongly recommended as seating will be limited.

Reservations are strongly recommended. No payment is needed to reserve your seats, but you must arrive at the theater and pick up your reservation 15 minutes prior to curtain (7:15pm) or your seats may be released. Please arrive early to allow ample time to park.

Meet The Creative Team

Ruth Zamoyta

Ruth Zamoyta received a 2018 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Artist Fellowship for The Caregivers, which was also a semi-finalist for the 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. She is the author of 'Otsu' and Other Poems (Bronze by Gold, 2006) and the novel clarissa@loveless.com (classicnovels.com, 2001), and co-editor of and contributor to two poetry anthologies published by Ragged Sky Press: Blanket Stories (2014) and Eating Her Wedding Dress: An Anthology of Clothing Poems (2009). Ruth earned an MS in strategic communications from Columbia University, an MA in English from New York University, and a BA summa cum laude from St. John's University.

Noreen Farley

Noreen Farley has performed most of her wonderful life. Here in New Jersey she has been very fortunate to work at Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre as a member of their ensemble as well as Two River Theatre, New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre, The Bickford Theatre, Theatre Project and Alliance Repertory.

Claire McClanahan

Claire McClanahan starred as "Tilly Divine" in Luna's 2018 production of Razorhubrst and "Michelle" in Luna's 2016 production of Old Love New Love. She has appeared Off-Broadway, in regional theater, and independent film projects. As a writer/producer, her work has been honored at the Gracie Allen, Telly, and New England Emmy Awards and screened at the Arizona and LA Shorts Film Festivals. She has most recently completed a new documentary series with Guinness World Records / Facebook. Her series, Real M*ther, is under final consideration for the 2018 Sundance Episodic Lab. Her feature film, Carbon, was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting competition, is an official project in the Big Vision Empty Wallet film/media incubator, and was a finalist for the 2017 Tribeca Film Institute All-Access and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grants. Carbon will begin filming in Fall 2018. clairemcclanahan.com, carbonthefilm.com.

Alzie Rejouis

Alzie Rejouis is a passionate actor in theater, film, and tv. Her memorable roles include, Eddie in "Lenny's Breakdown" (New Federal Theater), Kayla in "A Second Time Around" (Newark Symphony Hall), T-Anne in "Anton in Show Business" (New Alliance Rep), and Negra in "A Wound in Time" (St. Luke's Theater). Alzie is thrilled to return to her hometown of West Orange and to be working with Luna Stage alonsgide a phenomenal cast of women. Many thanks to her family for their endless support.

Cheryl Katz

Cheryl Katz has been with Luna Stage since 2003. She served as Director of Play Development for eight years before becoming Associate Artistic Director in 2011. She was appointed Artistic Director in 2013. During her time at Luna, she has contributed to the development of over fifty new works for the stage and has directed the world premieres of Tranquil by Andrew Rosendorf, The High Water Mark and King of the Mountains by Ben Clawson, Carnaval by Nikkole Salter, Mercy and The Firefly by Amy Hartman, The Fastest Woman Alive by Karen Sunde, the NJ professional premiere of Thrill Me by Stephen Dolginoff, and all three Luna productions of The Man In Room 306 by Craig Alan Edwards (1995 and 2008 in New Jersey, 2010 in New York). Prior to her position at Luna, Cheryl developed and directed new plays in the New York area and worked as a producer, administrator and special projects manager for LaMama E.T.C., Under One Roof, Electronic Arts Intermix, Arts International and The School of Hard Knocks. She has worked in script development for The Young Playwrights Festival, The O'Neill Theatre Conference and The Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.