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Festival Reading #2: How We Made The Moon by Sean Abley
Mill Mountain Theatre, Waldron Stage
Roanoke, VA
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Festival Reading #2: How We Made The Moon by Sean Abley
Directed by Lauren Brooke Ellis

In 1958, the moon is revealed to be in danger of self-destructing and destroying Earth in the process. The U.S. and U.S.S.R. secretly join forces for Project Moon 2, gathering the best and brightest from both countries to build a moon-shaped space station to replace the unstable satellite. American astronaut Iven Kinch Kincheloe and Russian scientist Tatyana Kuznetsova meet, fall in love, and ultimately separate when she leaves to live on Moon 2 without him. In 2020, the project is declassified and the current residents of Moon 2 travel to Earth. Kinch, now in his 90s, having lived for decades with guilt and anger over his actions, recounts the tale of saving Earth (in flashback) to a mysterious visitor.

Tatyana Kuznetsova--Claire Wittman
Iven Carl "Kinch" Kinchloe (1958)--Taylor Cobb
Iven Carl "Kinch" Kinchloe (2020)--Ed Sala
Pelageya Polubarniova-Kochina--Sarah Cosgrove
Gwen Edwards--Wendy-Marie Martin
Justine Blankenship--Natalie Faunce
Valentin Bondareko--Jared Lee Morgan
Roger Chaffee--Stephen Baltz
Wernher Von Braun--Nick McCord
President Eisenhower--Jeff Wittman
Nikita Khrushchev--Sean McCord
Space Recruits--Sean McCord and Matt Nestor
Stage Directions--Jeff Wittman

Each year, our New Works Advisory Board reads between 50 and 100 plays taken from the cumulative body of work of student playwrights who will be coming for the current summer session. These plays are ranked and vetted, and ten are selected for staged readings in collaboration with directors associated with our program--Certificate students, visiting faculty and guest artists.

These readings are presented free to the public, but there is limited seating. We also bring in more than a dozen guest responders who are active working theatre professionals from across the country. Many of our festival readings have gone on to be published, produced and won major awards. Come see tomorrow's stars today!

Our festival is presented in collaboration with Mill Mountain Theatre on their Waldron Stage.


Mill Mountain Theatre, Waldron Stage (View)
20 Church Ave SE
Roanoke, VA 24020
United States


Arts > Theatre

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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