January 20 - February 5, 2023
Aaron is a transitioning man, and Luna is a 12-year-old girl with a deep passion for outer space. Together in the lobby of an oncology unit, they learn how to wait as they navigate their changing bodies and circumstances within the expanse. This tale of unlikely friendship proves that the universe can offer beauty and meaning in the smallest of interactions.
National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
Running time: appx. 95 minutes with no intermission.
SIENA MARILYN LEDGER (Playwright) is an actor, playwright and yogi from San Diego, CA. They graduated cum laude from California State University - Fullerton’s BFA Acting program, where they studied the Stanislavski Method in-depth and gained a broad taste in theatrical styles. Much of their work is poetic and symbolic. Siena’s plays include Man And Moon, The Empty Space, Inosculation and Say NO to One Paseo, which have had productions in Los Angeles, Chicago and the United Kingdom.
ERIC BRAMAN (Director) is thrilled to direct for the first time on the Oregon Contemporary Theatre stage! Eric is a producer with the NW10 Festival and has previously directed with Lane Community College, Experiential Education at the University of Oregon, Operation Shadowbox, NW10, CampFire USA, Western Michigan University and more. Eric was recently seen as an actor in Tiny Beautiful Things, Bunfight (OCT) and Ministers of Grace (VLT). Eric is also a poet, playwright and arts administrator. They dedicate this performance to Peggy and Jerry – "I love you and I miss you." Learn more at www.ericbraman.com.
NINA KUHL (Luna) is a 7th grader at Roosevelt Middle School and is very excited to be in her first production at Oregon Contemporary Theatre! Nina has been fortunate to perform in a number of local youth theater productions over the past four years. Highlights include playing Molly in Annie Jr. (Rose Children’s Theatre) and Matilda in Matilda the Musical (Pegasus Playhouse) last spring, which was her favorite role to date. Outside of acting, Nina enjoys dancing, playing the violin, drawing and spending time with friends. Nina is very grateful to OCT for this opportunity and to her family for their support.
DMITRI ROSE (Aaron) is thrilled to be a part of his first production at Oregon Contemporary Theatre. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts from Oregon State University, where he most recently played Feste in Twelfth Night. He would like to thank Eric and the stage management team for their patience and kindness throughout this process, as well as his family and friends for their support.
RILEY ALLEN (Scenic Designer; Production Stage Manager/Production Assistant) graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelors in Theatre Design and Production, specializing in scenic/lighting design and stage management. Riley's stage management work includes: Witch, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley (Oregon Contemporary Theatre); Holiday Inn and Lady Be Good (The Shedd Institute). Design credits include: Hedwig And The Angry Inch (OCT); Picnic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (CWU Theatre Arts); Round the Mountain (CWU Ghostlight Lab Series); and The Year of the Solar Eclipse (The Wild Project). Riley is excited to not only be using all facets of his degree this season, but to have the opportunity to work with OCT in such an intimate venue on a fun and variety-packed season. Born in the Puget Sound area, Riley is excited to start his second calendar year in Eugene.
EMILY K BOLIVAR (Lighting Designer; Production Assistant) began her undergrad career at Lane Community College and graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Theatre Arts. Emily works primarily as a lighting designer; you can see her current work at Oregon Contemporary Theatre as well as with Ballet Fantastique. Emily has also designed many productions with both LCC and UO. Some recent favorite credits include: Alabaster, Tiny Beautiful Things, Witch (OCT); Tartuffe (UO); and Peter and the Starcatcher (LCC). Outside of designing, Emily also works with IASTE 675, is a technical coordinator at both the Wildish Theatre and Lane Community College’s performing arts department, works as a touring electrician with Ballet Fantastique and more recently has begun working independently as a stage lighting consultant. In Emily’s non-performing-arts life, she enjoys gardening, listening to music and 80’s sci-fi films.
BRADLEY BRANAM (Sound & Projections Designer) is an Associate Professor and Technical Director and Media Designer for the University of Oregon Theatre Arts Department. He has served as the Resident Designer and Technical Director for the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center and also worked with the Ash Lawn Opera Festival as the Production Manager and Technical Director. He has worked with the Denver Center Theatre Company, Kansas City Repertory Theatre Company, Commonweal Theatre Company, Oregon Contemporary Theatre and The Old Creamery Theatre Company. He received his BA in theatre from Luther College, in Decorah, IA, and his MFA from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.
AMY DUNN (Properties Designer; Production Manager/Master Carpenter) graduated from the UO with a BA in Theatre Arts and joined the staff of Oregon Contemporary Theatre shortly thereafter in August 2007 as the Master Carpenter. In 2019, Amy took on the additional role of Production Manager. Select design credits include: Stop Kiss, Mud (University Theatre); The Explorers Club (VLT); King Lear (SPA); and Hello, Dolly! (Lane Summer Musical Theatre). Amy’s OCT design favorites include: Witch, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Buried Child, Venus in Fur, A Bright New Boise, I and You, August: Osage County, boom, The Pillowman, Shipwrecked! and The Clean House. In her spare time, Amy can be found cross stitching, gaming, or gushing over her adorable cats, Oskar and Shadow.
KYLE RODRIGUEZ-HUDSON (Production Cultural Consultant) is the Executive Director of Transponder, a nonprofit organization in Eugene, Oregon, and the founder of A Guided You, LLC, a behavioral health private practice focused on serving BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ populations. He utilizes trauma-informed and evidence-based care to ensure that the marginalized and disenfranchised are seen and heard. He is also a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, on the board of directors for HIV Alliance, on the Health Equality Committee for the Oregon Health Policy Board and on the Clinical Advisory Panel of the Lane Community Health Council. A proud Chicagoan, Kyle earned his BA in Psychology at Northeastern Illinois University, his MA in Community Counseling at Argosy University and his MBA from Concordia University - Chicago. Kyle’s mantra: Every day is a teaching moment.
LAURA TUFFLI (Costume Designer; Assistant Stage Manager/Production Assistant) recently graduated from the University of Oregon, majoring in Theatre Arts and minoring in Music. They have spent their time in theatre focusing on costumes, wigs and makeup. Costuming credits include: The 39 Steps, After the Revolution, 12 Angry Jurors (Pocket Playhouse); Birds Flying Through (LCC); assistant costume design for Hay Fever (University Theatre); makeup/wig design for A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Tall Tale Players); and makeup/wig stylist and assistant stage manager for Hedwig And The Angry Inch (Oregon Contemporary Theatre). Laura is very excited to be a part of the show!
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