Good Company Theatre brings ‘Man and Moon’ theatrical premiere to Ogden
The rolling world premiere of “Man and Moon” by California playwright Siena Marilyn Ledger makes its first stop at Good Company Theatre in Ogden.
Sisters Camille and Alicia Washington, who opened the theater in 2012, are excited to present the National New Play Network premiere of “Man and Moon,” their third production for the 2021-22 season, which runs March 24 through April 10.
Like the first two plays of the current season, “Fremont Junior High is NOT doing Oklahoma!” and “The Two-Character Play,” “Man and Moon” explores our common humanity through current themes and relatable events.
It is “a quiet, beautiful play about the events and changes that connect us,” says Good Company Theatre founder Alicia Washington.
In the 70-minute, one act play, Aaron, a transitioning man, meets a 12-year-old outer space aficionado named Luna in the waiting room of a hospital’s oncology unit and learn about their own changing bodies and lives together.
Through the two seemingly different characters, “Man and Moon” explores themes that characterize much of Ledger’s work, which Good Company Theatre describes as “metaphorical and symbolic and explores the queer stories and the human experience.”
“Siena finds beauty in the sound of words, concepts of time, and the commonalities between human beings and major objects of the universe,” stated GCT in a release.
“Man and Moon,” is directed by Emilio Casillas and stars Jordan Danielle (Aaron) and Annie Soleil Potter (Luna). Casillas is resident stage manager for Davis Arts Council and artistic director of the Classical Greek Theatre Festival at Westminster College who directed Good Company Theatre’s “The Christians,” among other works. Potter is a freshman at East High School with several productions under her belt, most recently the East High production of “La Llorona,” and Danielle is a trans nonbinary Salt Lake City artist of many different mediums, including dance battle culture, curating events and DJing.
The National New Play Network aims to strengthen the longevity of new plays through its Rolling World Premiere program that takes the group on the road from the old one-and-done paradigm to “the repertoire of frequently produced new American works.”
“Man and Moon” is produced with support from Weber County RAMP, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts and Ogden City Arts.
The production is recommended for audiences age 13 and older. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at goodcotheatre.com or at the door before each performance. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. There is an ASL performance April 2.