[Karlie (played by Kate Roberts, center) lashes out at Peter (Brian McLeod) while Caroline (Jackie Meara) observes the tense moment.]
GLEN ELLYN – Who should decide the safest environment in which to raise a baby – parents, grandparents, social service agencies? “Luna Gale,” the next offering by Glen Ellyn’s Village Theatre Guild, will dive into the issue May 24 to June 15.
Illinois playwright Rebecca Gilman has crafted another thought-provoking work that engages ideas on environmental safety, parental responsibility and ability, religious influences, professional experience, compassion and just plain love, a news release stated.
"Rebecca Gilman writes with a passion that instills empathy in the audience as they watch the characters of ‘Luna Gale’ cope with their conflicts and their decisions they have to make in their lives,” director Lynn Walsh said in the release. ”My vision and message of compassion and hope is being brought to life on an 'alley stage' at VTG, surrounded by the audience as we all are suspended in the universe that is filled with elements of goodness and beauty and evil and darkness.”
The show about coping with human issues in a complex society will feature the talents of actors from West Chicago, Roselle, Glen Ellyn, Addison, Chicago and a Lockport mother-and-daughter duo, with a Highland Park resident as director. In fact, Walsh was cast member Kate Roberts’ first drama instructor at Village Theatre Guild's summer children’s program called Kids on Stage, when Roberts was just 5 years old. Roberts, who plays Karlie, Luna's mother, is now a college student at Columbia College Chicago and will assist VTG staff with that same summer children’s theater program in mid-June to early August with mom Debbie Roberts.