At first glance the question of who’s best suited to look after baby Luna seems to have a simple answer. Her 19-year-old parents appear incapable of bringing up a child, while her grandmother wants to raise her with the support of her church.
When experienced social worker Caroline Cox is assigned to navigate the case her professionalism is shaken by the complex family dynamics. When difficult decisions must be made will her gut instincts cloud her judgement?
Writer Rebecca Gilman tackles the thorny issues head-on as this gripping play explores what it takes to raise a child — and whether it’s possible for someone to be completely rehabilitated. Performed by an exceptional ensemble cast, LUNA GALE is a suspenseful story that will have you on the edge of your seat.
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“A fascinating moral debate….to whom does a baby really belong?” The Guardian
“Smart and absorbing.” The New York Times
Cast & Creatives
Rebecca Gilman’s plays include BOY GETS GIRL, SPINNING INTO BUTTER, BLUE SURGE, THE GLORY OF LIVING, THE SWEETEST SWING IN BASEBALL, THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, DOLLHOUSE and THE CROWD YOU’RE IN WITH.
Among her many awards have been a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, the Harper Lee Award, the Scott McPherson Award, the Prince Prize for Commissioning New Work, the Roger L. Stevens Award, the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, and the George Devine Award. BOY GETS GIRL received an Olivier nomination for Best New Play and she was a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for The Glory of Living. She received her MFA in playwriting from the University of Iowa and is an associate professor of playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University. She is an Artistic Associate at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, where LUNA GALE received its world premiere in 2014.
Recent productions: Darlinghurst Theatre Company: HYSTERIA by Terry Johnson. Ensemble: TRIBES by Nina Raine. CDP Productions: SNUGGLEPOT & CUDDLEPIE (adapted by Monkey Baa). NIDA: TOP GIRLS by Caryl Churchill. Illuminate Educate: NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH by Lally Katz. Sport for Jove: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. City of Sydney: THE HUNGRY GHOST created with Mei Tsering. Bell Shakespeare Company: Resident Director 2014, INTIMATE LETTERS (AD), TARTUFFE (AD), HENRY V (AD). Sydney Theatre Company: THE LONG WAY HOME by Daniel Keene (Assistant/Tour Director), IN A HEART BEAT created with Jo Turner, Education Resident Artist 2012. Griffin Independent: GIRL IN TAN BOOTS, by Tahli Corin. Belvoir: SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOLL by Ray Lawler (Assistant Director), THE KISS by Anton Chekhov, Kate Chopin, Peter Goldsworthy and Guy de Maupassant, YELLOW MOON by David Greig. Graduate of Trinity College, Dublin (BA), UNSW (MA) and NIDA (Grad Dip in Directing).
Cast - Cindy
Since graduating from NIDA Michelle has worked extensively as an actor, singer and voice over artist.
She is well known on the Australian stage with theatre credits including ARCADIA, DEAD WHITE MALES, THE WHARF REVIEW, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISSOCIA and AFTER DINNER for Sydney Theatre Company; A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC for Melbourne Theatre Company and IMG; THE WINTER’S TALE (1997 & 2014), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, MACBETH and ROMEO AND JULIET for the Bell Shakespeare Company; JAPES, BIRTHRIGHTS, WARNING: EXPLICIT MATERIAL, CAMP, CRUISE CONTROL and ABSENT FRIENDS for Ensemble Theatre; Nine productions for Marian Street Theatre including MRS WARREN’S PROFESSION, SEPARATION, TALKING HEADS AND CRIMES OF THE HEART; STORIES FROM SUBURBAN ROAD and THE CORPORAL’S WIFE for Perth Theatre Company; MACK AND MABEL at the State Theatre and FALLING FROM GRACE for Playbox. Other productions include THE VENETIAN TWINS, ELEGIES, THE VILLAIN OF FLOWERS, FOLLIES IN CONCERT, LOUNGE ROOM CULTURE, THE KING OF LAUGHTER and AFTER DINNER for the Edinburgh Festival, THE ONE DAY OF THE YEAR, THE CAT LADY OF BEXLEY and SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE BABIES PROMS: MEETING MOZART for CDP and UAE and China tour, the Australian musical THE HATPIN for White Box/Neil Gooding Productions and THE HANSARD MONOLOGUES for the Seymour Centre.
Cast - Karlie
Lucy Heffernan trained at the University of Wollongong, graduating with a Bachelor of Performance. Her theatre credits include: SINGLE ASIAN FEMALE (Belvoir St/ La Boite Theatre Company), 4.48 PSYCHOSIS (Workhorse Theatre Company/ Redline Productions), BLACKROCK (White Box Theatre), ENCOUNTER (Woodcourt Art Theatre), the premiere production of MINUSONESISTER (Stories Like These/ Griffin Independent), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE CRUCIBLE AND THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (Sport for Jove), AS I LAY DREAMING (Shopfront Theatre), THE REMOVALISTS (Rock Surfers Theatre Company), and MACHINE (Old 505). Her television credits include: DEADLY WOMEN and DOCTOR DOCTOR. Lucy is thrilled to be making her Ensemble Theatre debut playing the role of Karlie.
Cast - Caroline
With two gold Logies and five silver Logies to her name, Georgie Parker is one of Australia’s leading and most celebrated actors.
Her television credits include, A COUNTRY PRACTICE, GP, ALL SAINTS, THE SOCIETY MURDERS, STEP FATHER OF THE BRIDE, EMERALD FALLS, SCORCHED AND CITY HOMICIDE.
She appeared alongside Susan Sarandon in the international feature film IRRESISTABLE and was the voice of Mrs Poulmer in the animated feature film SANTA’S APPRENTICE.
Georgie’s musical theatre credits include THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER: ARENA SPECTACULAR, HIGH SOCIETY, CRAZY FOR YOU and THE THREEPENNY OPERA. Her theatre credits include SCENES FROM A SEPARATION, CHAPTER TWO, RABBIT HOLE, LET THE SUNSHINE, RHINESTONE REX AND MISS MONICA and RAPTURE BLISTER BURN.
Georgie returned to series television in 2010 when she joined the cast of Network Seven’s HOME AND AWAY.
Cast - Cliff
Scott Sheridan’s stage credits include Barking Gecko’s IN A DARK DARK WOOD; Griffin Theatre’s THE WITCHES; RUPERT for Melbourne Theatre Company; Critical Stages STONES IN HIS POCKET; THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, ARCADIA, WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for Black Swan State Theatre Company; MACBETH, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE TEMPEST, CYRANO DE BERGERAC, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, LOVE’S LABOURS LOST, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, OTHELLO, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, for Sport for Jove Theatre; Bell Shakespeare’s HAMLET and ACTORS AT WORK program, and Darlinghurst Theatre’s DRAKE THE AMAZING;
Screen credits include PETER ALLEN: NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR, CARELESS LOVE, MARLEY SOMEONE. Scott is a creative with General Legends, writing and featuring in festival short films UNDEADICATED (Austin Film Festival) and UNWANTED FRIEND (Tropfest). Scott is a WAAPA Graduate and has trained at the iO Theatre and The Second City in Chicago. Proud member of Equity.
Cast - Lourdes
Ebony was born and bred in Sydney to Tanzanian and Australian/Latvian parents. After having worked with ATYP on the Voices Project film TO BE and excelling in drama at school Ebony was accepted straight from high school into NIDA at the age of 17.
At NIDA her credits included Nawal in SCORCHED (dir. Sarah Goodes), Yasmin in #KILLALLMEN (dir. Anthea Williams), Ilse in SPRING AWAKENING (dir. Tim Hill), Sally in CAPRICORNIA (dir. Kristine Landon-Smith) and Lady Wengrave in THE ROARING GIRL (dir. Andrea Moore).
Since graduating in 2016 Ebony has appeared on screen as Jackie in DOCTOR DOCTOR series 2 (Nine Network) and the ABC TV series THE LETDOWN. Ebony made her professional theatrical debut playing the role of Verge in Griffin Theatre Company’s DIVING FOR PEARLS, for which she was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2017 Sydney Theatre Awards. Most recently Ebony appeared in the lead role of Luisa in FLIGHT PATHS for the National Theatre of Parramatta and in the Michael Sieders production of ALICE IN WONDERLAND for Sydney Festival playing the roles of Caterpillar, Chelsea and the Cheshire Cat amongst others.
Cast - Peter
Jacob’s theatre credits include: PUSS IN BOOTS for the City Recital Hall, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and ROMEO AND JULIET for Bell Shakespeare; ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD for Griffin Theatre Company/Pantsguys; SNUGGLEPOT AND CUDDLEPIE for CDP Productions/Monkey Baa; ORFEO ET EURIDICE for Spectrum Festival; DAYLIGHT SAVING for Darlinghurst Theatre Company; and THE BLOCK UNIVERSE for Old 505. Screen credits include the feature film HACKSAW RIDGE and for television, DR FEELGOOD and SISTERS. In 2016 Jacob received a Best Actor nomination at the Sydney Theatre Awards. He is a proud member of MEAA.
Cast - Pastor Jay
David is a NIDA graduate with over 35 years’ experience on stage and screen.
Recent theatre includes: RELATIVELY SPEAKING (Ensemble); DRACULA, 1984 (Shake & Stir); MONKEY: JOURNEY TO THE WEST (Theatre of Image); HAMLET, HENRY 4, THE DUCHESS OF MALFI, THE ALCHEMIST, MACBETH, AS YOU LIKE IT, THE TEMPEST, ROMEO AND JULIET (Bell Shakespeare); SAINT JOAN, CYRANO DE BERGERAC, MRS WARREN’S PROFESSION, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, SUMMER RAIN, DARLINGHURST NIGHTS, WOMAN IN MIND (STC); THE POWER OF YES (Belvoir); CHO CHO (National Theatre of China). An accomplished music theatre performer, David credits include FUNNY GIRL IN CONCERT (SSO), THE MERRY WIDOW, MY FAIR LADY – directed by Dame Julie Andrews (Opera Australia), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, ROCK OF AGES, DAMN YANKEES!, MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, MAN OF LA MANCHA, SUNSET BOULEVARD, THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG, THE PRODUCERS, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, THE WIZARD OF OZ, CHESS and A CHORUS LINE.
TV appearances include: A PLACE TO CALL HOME, LOVE CHILD 3, WONDERLAND, FATAL HONEYMOON, HOME & AWAY, and MCLEOD’S DAUGHTERS. David’s is also a familiar voice to viewers of ABC TV’s MEDIA WATCH.
Set and Costume Designer
Simone Romaniuk is an award winning set, costume and festival designer who works between Australia and the UK. For Ensemble Theatre she has designed FRANKENSTEIN and CASANOVA.
Set and costume design credits include: Unicorn Theatre, London: THE HUNTING LODGE. RNCM, Manchester: LA VIE PARISIENNE. Queensland Theatre Company: MACBETH, VENUS IN FUR, KELLY, HEAD FULL OF LOVE, ELIZABETH: ALMOST BY CHANCE A WOMAN, BOMBSHELLS, FRACTIONS, THE REMOVALISTS, WAITING FOR GODOT, RUBY MOON, EATING ICE CREAM, BECKETT X 3, and THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED. Opera Queensland: THE MAGIC FLUTE, THE MERRY WIDOW, SPACE ENCOUNTERS and THE MIKADO. Sydney Theatre Company: THE CRUCIBLE and THYESTES.
Since 2015 Simone has been the designer for annual international arts festival OzAsia Festival at Adelaide Festival Centre. She was resident designer for Queensland Theatre Company across 2011- 2012 and was awarded Matilda Awards Outstanding achievement for Design in 2012 and 2014. She holds design degrees from NIDA and QCA.
Rebecca is a graduate of NIDA (Production).
As Stage Manager: For Ensemble Theatre: BUYER AND CELLAR, TWO, RELATIVELY SPEAKING, THE GOOD DOCTOR, MOTHERS AND SONS, EDUCATING RITA, DREAM HOME, BLUE/ORANGE, RICHARD III, CLYBOURNE PARK, CAMP; MY FIRST TIME (Kay & McLean Productions/SOH), SONGS FOR THE FALLEN (Arts Centre Melbourne/Critical Stages), THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW-SOH, Brisbane, Adelaide (Michael Sieders Presents), Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Performing Lines, The Hayloft Project/Critical Stages, Dead Puppet Society, Return Fire Productions, Sydney Chamber Opera, Red Line Productions, MKA, Milk Crate Theatre, Q Theatre, TRS. As Assistant Stage Manager; DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES, AUSTRALIA DAY, BLOOD WEDDING, ZEBRA!, TRUE WEST and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Sydney Theatre Company), INTERPLAY-International Tour, COUNTERMOVE (Sydney Dance Company), STRANGE INTERLUDE, THYESTES (Belvoir), BLOOD WEDDING (Malthouse Theatre). As Production Manager; CYRANO DE BERGERAC – IPAC & Seymour Centre (Sport for Jove), KAGE/Chunky Move/Adelaide Cabaret Festival, MTC Neon, fortyfivedownstairs, Little Ones Theatre, TheatreWorks, As Production Stage Manager: Griffin Theatre Company. As Technical Stage Manager MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL.
Renata is a costume supervisor, maker and milliner. She graduated from NIDA in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Costume Production.
Supervising credits include: THE KITCHEN SINK, BUYER AND CELLAR, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, David Williamson’s ODD MAN OUT, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, BETRAYAL, A HISTORY OF FALLING THINGS (Ensemble Theatre), THE CORONATION OF POPPEA, RAMEAU: ANACREON AND PIGMALION, THEODORA (Pinchgut Opera), HENRY V, THE WINTER’S TALE, MACBETH, INTIMATE LETTERS (Bell Shakespeare) THE TEMPEST, WOYCECK, A LIE OF THE MIND, PORT, THE THREESOME (NIDA). Design credits include: THE TEMPEST, ROMEO AND JULIET, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Sport for Jove). Costume making credits include: THE CRUCIBLE (Sport for Jove), KING KONG (Global Creatures), IN THE NEXT ROOM (STC), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LOVE EVER DIES, and many Opera Australia productions. Millinery credits include: THE GREAT GATSBY (Bazmark), THE 7 SOPRANOS (Cre8ion), MY FAIR LADY, AIDA, CARMEN (Opera Australia).