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Ami Brabson's "A Change is Gonna Come" to Premiere at Luna Stage

originally published: 11/12/2019

Ami Brabson(WEST ORANGE, NJ)--  Luna Stage hosts a special limited engagement of Ami Brabson’s newest cabaret A Change is Gonna Come, for two weeks only December 6-15.  Watch actor-singer-writer Brabson take us on a journey through life’s transitions, big and small.  It's a powerful blending of story and song, featuring a live band on Luna’s MainStage.

The one-woman show combines storytelling, poetry, and song to reflect on the inevitable changes in our lives and the self discovery that often follows. The loss of a parent, the demolition of a house, and the discovery of political passions all inspire reflection, music, and ultimately, hope.

Brabson’s previous one-woman show, Phenomenal Women, played to critical acclaim at Luna in 2017, before touring to Manhattan’s Metropolitan Room, the Baltimore Theatre Project, and Havre de Grace Opera House.

A South Orange resident, Brabson most recently starred in American Son at Theaterworks Hartford, where she was described as giving a “superior, layered performance” that “outperforms Broadway.” (Journal Enquirer) 

A Change Is Gonna Come will be directed by Luna’s Artistic Director Ari Laura Kreith, whose current production of Mrs. Stern Wanders The Prussian State Library has been extended at Luna through November 17.

Brabson’s band features Corey Wachala on piano, Colleen Clark on drums, and Joe Bussey on bass. A Change Is Gonna Come was created in collaboration with Corinna Sowers Adler.

Performances of A Change is Gonna Come will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $30 ($25 for Luna Season Passholders) and are available at LunaStage.org or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111. A special benefit performance and gala reception will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 8:00pm.

About the Artists

Ami Brabson is an actor, singer, and producer. Most recently she played Kendra in the critically acclaimed production of American Son at Theaterworks Hartford. Other stage credits include the New York Premiere of Tough Titty by Oni Faida Lampley and Brabson’s one-woman show Phenomenal Women. Some of her favorite regional theater roles are Linda in Curve of Departure, Faye in Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew, Quilly in John Henry Redwood's The Old Settler and Rose in August Wilson's Fences. Brabson plays Vanessa on the next and final season of Power (Starz Network). Other television credits include Mary Pembleton in Homicide: Life on the Streets, Judge Karyn Blake in Law & Order SVU, Judge Tchaikovsky in Bull, Damages, The Jury, Law & Order, and various Soap Operas. Brabson is an accomplished soprano and cabaret singer who has performed at New York City venues as varied as Merkin Concert Hall, The Metropolitan Room, and Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar. She received her MFA from the NYU/Tisch Graduate School of Acting.  

Ari Laura Kreith is the Artistic Director of Luna Stage, where she recently directed the World Premiere of Jenny Lyn Bader’s Mrs. Stern Wander the Prussian State Library, Gabriel Jason Dean’s Heartland and J.Stephen Brantley’s Pirira, and conceived/co-directed the site-specific Secret Cities. She is also the founder and Artistic Director of Theatre 167, where she conceived and directed The Jackson Heights Trilogy—167 Tongues, You Are Now The Owner Of This Suitcase, and Jackson Heights 3AM — three full-length plays collaboratively written by 18 playwrights featuring 37 actors in 93 roles in 14 languages, inspired by the world’s most diverse neighborhood. Other directing highlights include Mourning Sun, which premiered at Theatre 167 and toured to Uganda; the world premiere of Tina Howe’s Singing Beach; commissions for Queens Theatre and the New Ohio, and the European premiere of Adam Guettel’s Myths and Hymns. Kreith has developed immersive, site-specific projects for Luna Stage, Queens Museum and the NY Transit Museum. A recipient of the LPTW Lucille Lortel Visionary Award and the NYIT Caffe Cino Fellowship, Kreith received her BA from Yale and her MFA from UC Davis. Kreith grew up in 27 countries.



Luna Stage develops and produces vibrant plays about local and global experiences. We bring communities together for artistic events that spark conversations and create understanding and change. Firmly rooted in New Jersey's Valley Arts District—a crossroads of cultures—we celebrate the diverse voices that surround us.

Luna is committed to eliminating barriers to participation and nurturing the next generation of audiences and artists. In addition to its artistic season, the company offers classes for children and adults, and developmental programs for early-career artists.

Luna Stage has contributed to the development of over 100 new works for the stage, earning a reputation for artistic excellence. Luna’s unique approach to producing, as well as the work itself, fosters an environment of inclusivity, understanding, and infinite possibility.

 





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Event calendar
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019


MUSIC


Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Motor City Revue @ The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

NEW POLITICS, PLAIN WHITE T'S & THE MOWGLI'S @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 6:00pm

HOLIDAY DOO WOP VOL. II @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:00pm


Jackie Evancho @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

DUEL OF THE DECADES: 90'S VS. Y2K @ The Wellmont Theater, Montclair - 7:00pm

GANDINI JUGGLING AND ALEXANDER WHITLEY AMERICAN PREMIERE SPRING @ Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair - 8:00pm

Morris Choral Society Presents "Baroque Jewels and Songs of the Season" @ Morristown United Methodist Church , Morristown - 8:00pm

Imperial Brass Sounds of the season @ Grace Episcopal Church (Nyack, NY), Nyack - 3:00pm

Princeton Symphony Orchestra: Holiday POPS! @ Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton - 3:00pm and 6:00pm

The Hot Sardines @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm

Broadway for the Holidays: A Musical Revue @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 8:00pm

Quiet Storm @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm






THEATRE


It's A Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre @ The Avenel Performing Arts Center, Avenel - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

East Lynne Theater Company presents THE GREAT TREE AND OTHER TALES BY ZONA GALE @ First Presbyterian Church (Cape May), Cape May - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

It's A Wonderful Life @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Free to Be...You and Me @ Players Guild of Leonia at the Civil War Drill Hall Theatre, Leonia - 3:00pm and 7:00pm

Broadway for the Holidays: A Musical Revue @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 8:00pm

Madeline’s Christmas @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 1:30pm and 3:30pm

COMEDY


Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 7:00pm


DANCE


NEW JERSEY BALLET'S NUTCRACKER WITH NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 1:00pm and 6:00pm

NUTCRACKER - AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 2:00pm and 7:00pm

The Nutcracker, National Ballet Theater of Odessa @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 2:00pm and 7:00pm


The Nutcracker @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 1:00pm and 4:00pm


FILM


Polar Express Pajama Party @ Brook Arts Center, Bound Brook - 6:30pm

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