Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman

Who knows what’s best for a baby; Parents, religion, or the system? UTC Theatre Co.’s production of Luna Gale explored this question, along with many others.

UTC Theatre Co. kicked off the spring semester of the 2016 – 2017 season with Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale. 

Luna Gale is an edgy, compelling play that tells the story of Caroline, a hard-pressed social worker in Iowa, who is given the task of supervising a case in which a six-month-old baby has been hospitalized. The baby’s name gives the play its title. The parents, Karlie and Peter, are teenage meth addicts who are struggling to raise their child. It seems apparent that the care of Luna Gale should be given to Karlie’s mother, Cindy, an Evangelical Christian, who is eager to love and provide for her grandchild. Doubts begin to arise when Cindy requests permanent adoption against the wishes of Peter and Karlie. Caroline is forced to navigate this moral conundrum. Is it better for the child to be reared by a zealous grandmother or to be reunited with her rehabilitated parents?

Director Gaye Jeffers says, “Luna Gale is a play that explores the journeys of seven characters in 2016 Iowa.  I keep going back to the idea of brokenness and how beautifully Rebecca Gilman questions how we view each other.  In some ways Luna Gale is a modern morality play --- but the lines between good and evil have been erased.  The answer is not as simple as the question.”

Commenting further on Rebecca Gilman’s purpose for Luna Gale, and its many significant themes, director Gaye Jeffers says, “The play explores drug addiction, the foster care system, child abuse, and the role of faith in our country.  Everyone in the play is struggling to do what they think is best for six-month old Luna Gale.  Rebecca Gilman reminds us that the road to change often involves releasing the truth – even if it’s ugly, violent, regretful, and hard to see."

UTC Theatre Company presented Luna Gale in the Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre, located in the UTC Fine Arts Center. The play will ran February 21-25 at 7:30 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday February 25th. 

Cast and Crew

UTC Theatre Co.’s Luna Gale production featured:

  • Cast: Sarah Kay, Mary Ripley, Mark Elich, Crissy Varnell, LeighAna Sharkey, Nick Sterling, Octavius Lanier
  • Director: Gaye Jeffers
  • Technical Direction: John R. Burgess
  • Scene Designer: Garrett Henson
  • Lighting Designer: John R Burgess
  • Costume Designer: Emily Greene
  • Stage Manager: Sami Burns