Special Event: Turning

Presentation and town hall style meeting

Wednesday, January 31 at 7:30 PM
Lackland Performing Arts Center

By Darrah Cloud

Former Hackettstown resident Ada Lunardoni had an illustrious claim to fame that was little known to her neighbors - she was a member of the first US Women's Gymnastics Team that had its genesis in the backyards and Turners Gyms of Newark, then going on to cross the Atlantic Ocean with Jesse Owens to compete in the controversial 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Lunardoni and the team are now the subject of a play commissioned by Centenary Stage Company, in collaboration with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance in a project entitled the NJ Stage Exchange.

Admission to the event is FREE, but reservations are requested.  To reserve call the box office directly at (908) 979 - 0900.

About the Evening's Program:

Centenary Stage Company will be holding a presentation and town-hall style meeting at the Lackland Performing Arts Center to invite the public to participate in the creative process with their memories of Lunardoni who passed away in 2003, and/or the era when so much was changing in America.  Award - winning playwright Darrah Cloud will be on hand with readings from the first scenes of the play, as well as Centenary University Historian Ray Frey, to share his vast knowledge of NJ at the time of the 1936 Olympics, as well as pre WWII Germany.  A presentation about the team and its history will also be included in the evening, with an audience discussion following.

About the Playwright:

Darrah Cloud is currently working on the musical adaptation of Willy Holtzman’s play, Sabina, with composer Louise Beach, to be produced at The Cell in NYC in Winter 2018, and American Siddhartha with director Nick Demos and composer David Newman (Durga Das). Recent productions include: Our Suburb, premiere Theater J, Washington, DC, 2014, Joan the Girl of Arc, premiere Cincinnati Playhouse, 2014, What’s Bugging Greg?, The Stick Wife, The Mud Angel, Dream House, Braille Garden, and The Sirens. Musical productions include Heartland, The Boxcar Children, Honor Song for Crazy Horse, and the stage adaptation of Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!, filmed starring Mary McDonnell for American Playhouse. She has won numerous awards, including the Macy’s Prize for Theatre for Young Audiences, an NEA, and a Rockefeller. She has had over 10 movies-of-the-week produced on CBS and NBC, is a proud alum of the Iowa Writers Workshop and New Dramatists, and conducts A Howl of Playwrights, a new play development group in Rhinebeck, NY.