This luminous new play tells the enchanting story of Soledad, the daughter of migrant farm workers, who has trouble making friends as she moves from school to school. Only the moon seems to follow her everywhere and by forming a magical relationship with the moon, Soledad learns to reach out to those around her. Winner of the New Plays for Youth Commissioning Project at Central, LUNA was written by Seattle playwright Ramon Esquivel especially for our audiences
April 9, 2012
Luna Shines with Hope
In a migrant farm family, making friends as a child can be awkward and difficult. Playwright Ramon Esquivel’s family-friendly comedy, Luna, takes a young girl, Soledad, on an enchanting journey through friendship and courage.
While not at school, Soledad is content with her books and the moonlit sky. As she travels from place to place, the moon faithfully follows, providing not only companionship, but also wisdom. Soledad’s life is not without hard choices, as she must balance the needs of her family, friends, and newfound friendship with Luna, the moon.
“The original idea of the play was to pay homage to the migrant farm workers,” said Esquivel. “I believe the play resonates with anyone else who faces similar challenges, such as a military family.”
Central Washington University's Central Theatre Ensemble's Luna opens at 7:30 p.m. on April 20 at McConnell Auditorium. There will be two matinee performances at 2 p.m. on April 21 and 22. Tickets are $25 for a family of four, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors/ students, and $5 for students with CWU ID. Tickets can be purchased online atwww.cwu.edu/theatre/tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at the CWU Welcome Center, Wildcat Shop Customer Service, or by phone at 509-963-1429. Parking is free after 4:30 p.m. For more information call the Theatre Arts Department at 509-963-1750.
Esquivel is a committed teacher, an advocate of young adult theatre, an emerging novelist, a member of the Dramatists Guild, a member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and a board member of 826 Seattle. His first play won the 2007 Bonderman Playwriting for Youth National Competition and Symposium at the Indiana Repertory Theatre..