Look at Luna | Manhattan Times

Photos by Cristóbal Vivar

A post-rehearsal embrace.

It was an intimate preview for a public calling.

A talented group of young immigrant actors from Dominican Republic, Bali, Bangladesh, Nicaragua and West Africa Benin quietly launched a city-wide tour with a preview performance of their new play These (Immigrant) Hands.

The actors are part of the Luna Ensemble, one of two professional touring troupes that make up The PTP Company, the newest endeavor from the People’s Theatre Project, an arts and social justice organization currently celebrating ten years of theatre-making with the Northern Manhattan community.

Their poetic and powerful new play about the immigrant experience was presented for an invited audience of community leaders at a rehearsal space in Inwood.

As the first paid professional artistic engagement for many of the actors, the Luna Ensemble program seeks to offer a pathway to future professional opportunities.

Through June 2019, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), the Luna Ensemble is bringing its new production to diverse audiences at venues including the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in midtown, ELLIS Preparatory High School in the Bronx, and the Brooklyn Conservatory during World Refugee Day to educate and connect audiences citywide to many of the resources that the city offers its immigrant communities.

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PTP is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The actors are all young immigrants.

Eileen Reyes Arias, MOIA Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, addresses the audience.

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