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Friday, February 1, 2019

Cyber-espionage love story, Roan @ The Gates, at Luna Stage


Aaliyah Habeeb and Mel House will star in Christina Gorman’s cyber-espionage love story, Roan @ The Gates, directed by Michelle Tattenbaum at Luna Stage. This World Premiere features an all-female cast and female-led creative team. Previews began January 31, and the play opens Saturday, February 2 for a limited run through Sunday, February 24.

Set in Washington D.C. and Russia, Roan @ The Gates explores what happens when personal lives collide with national security. Mel House plays the role of Roan, a data analyst for the NSA, and Aaliyah Habeeb is Roan’s wife, Nat, a lawyer committed to human rights advocacy.

Recognizing that during the recent government shutdown, the play’s protagonist Roan would have been furloughed, Luna Stage jumped to offer complimentary tickets to federal employees affected by the shutdown. For the run of the play, free tickets to Preview and Thursday performances are available in advance, and tickets to all other performances are available one hour before at the box office to all federal employees who were (and may still be) affected by January’s shutdown.
One of playwright Christina Gorman’s inspirations for Roan @ The Gates was a shadowy photograph of Edward Snowden with his girlfriend, which sparked her interest in the human cost of whistleblowing. The play has been described as “a beautiful and high-stakes adventure that illuminates the cost of secrecy.”

Tickets to Roan @ The Gates are $16-39, and tickets are available at LunaStage.org/Roan or by calling 973 395 5551. A limited number of premium Opening Night tickets are available for $59, including the post-show party with cast and creative team.

Creative Team Bios

Aaliyah Habeeb spent last summer at Shakespeare's Globe shadowing the incredible duo Claire van Kampen & Mark Rylance on the production of Othello. New York: The Fabulous Miss Marie (Off-Broadway); The Rape of Lucrece (New York Shakespeare Exchange); Love Ya Like A Sis (Venus/Adonis Play Festival). Regional: Surely Goodness & Mercy (Writers Theatre NJ); African America & Hijab Tube (Mixed Blood Theatre). BA: University of Pittsburgh, MFA: Mason Gross School of the Arts, Member: AEA. Instagram/Twitter: @aalibumaye

Mel House has played roles from Shakespeare to Ibsen, working Off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally, as well as originating roles for the web, film, and TV. After producing Meir Ribalow’s Shrunken Heads at Playwrights Horizons, she directed Break Like You, a short documentary about Hip Hop influencer and activist Emile Jansen in Cape Town, South Africa. She recently worked with Per Brahe doing mask-based performance in Bali, Indonesia. House is a member of the Actors Center Company and a finalist for Sundance's New Voice's Lab for her darkly comedic digital series, Hot Angry Mom. Member: AEA. Instagram/Twitter: @hotangrymom, www.melhouse.com

Christina Gorman’s plays have been produced at The Public Theater, American Blues Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Prospect Theatre Company, Summer Play Festival, Stageworks/Hudson, Samuel French Short Play Festival, and Stella Adler Studios. Her plays have been developed/presented at Alley Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, hotInk International Festival, New Harmony Project, Troy Foundry Theatre, and Berkshire Playwrights Lab. Awards/Affiliations: Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, Blue Ink Playwriting Award, Samuel French Short Play Festival Award, American Blues Theater Artistic Affiliate, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, Ensemble Studio Theater New Voices Fellow, Women’s Project Playwrights Lab Alumna, The Public Theater Emerging Writers Group Alumna. www.christinagormanplaywright.com

Michelle Tattenbaum most recently directed Peter and the Starcatcher at Cape Fear Regional Theatre. Previous projects with Itamar Moses include the world premiere of the musical Nobody Loves You at the Old Globe (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle nomination: Best Director) and the NY premiere at Second Stage; Love/Stories (World Premiere, The Flea) and The Four of Us (LA Premiere, Firefly: Theater & Films). Ms. Estrada by the Q Brothers Collective (World Premiere) at the Flea, where she is an Associate Artist. Member: SDC. Two-time Drama League Directing Fellow. www.michelletattenbaum.com

Ari Laura Kreith recently directed Luna’s production of Pirira. She is also the founder and Artistic Director of Theatre 167, where she conceived and directed The Jackson Heights Trilogy — three full-length plays collaboratively written by 18 playwrights featuring 37 actors in 93 roles in 14 languages. NYC World Premieres: Mourning Sun (Theatre 167/Uganda), Pirira, Tina Howe’s Singing Beach. European premiere: Adam Guettel’s Myths and Hymns. Immersive, site-specific: Queens Museum, NY Transit Museum; touring excerpts of Marina Budhos’ novel Watched. Commissions: New Ohio; Queens Theatre.  LPTW Lucille Lortel Visionary Award; NYIT Caffe Cino Fellowship. BA: Yale, MFA: UC Davis, Member: SDC. www.arilaurakreith.com

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