‘This Is Us’ Star Underwrites Matinee For Local Students To ‘Pass Over’ at Luna Stage

Sterling K. Brown. Photo: Gage Skidmore
West Orange, NJ – Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Sterling K. Brown will underwrite the Wednesday, March 4 student matinee of Luna Stage’s gripping production of Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over. NJ.com/Star Ledger called the play a “a 90-minute meditation on much of human history, seen through the experiences of two pulsating and frequently terrified black men.”

Luna Stage offers weekday matinees for local students at 10am on Wednesday mornings. These events include pre-show educational activities, a full performance of a mainstage play, and post-show discussions with cast. Upon request, a study guide and other suggested activities are also made available to instructors. More information is available at www.lunastage.org/education/matinees.

‍Sterling K. Brown is a veteran of stage, film, and television. Since 2016, Brown has starred in the television series This Is Us, for which he became the first African-American actor to win a Golden Globe in the best actor in a television drama category, as well as the first African-American actor to win a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama. Mr. Brown has also appeared on Army Wives, Supernatural, Person of Interest, Medium, and as Christopher Darden in the FX miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his work in the critically-acclaimed Waves, and appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther as N’Jobu.

“We are delighted to have Mr. Brown’s support for this beautiful and timely play,” says Artistic Director Ari Laura Kreith. “It is this kind of involvement that makes is possible for us to bring important and relevant stories to young people right here in their own community.” If you want to join Sterling K. Brown in supporting Luna Stage’s educational programs, visit https://www.lunastage.org/support/donate.

PassOver features Robert Barnes, Kevis Hillocks, and Woodrow Proctor, giving what Broadwayworld calls “portrayals so convincing you will feel as though events are unfolding before your eyes. While most of the play depicts the stresses of inner city life, there are also some light, engaging moments that focus on the bonds between Moses and Kitch…It is a profound play that will inspire empathy and much needed dialogues about African American experiences.” Montclair Local says “The acting throughout is fantastic.”

Pass Over runs through March 8 at Luna Stage, located in West Orange’s Valley Arts District, close to Montclair, Maplewood, South Orange, Livingston, Verona, Orange, Short Hills and Millburn. Tickets are $40, and are available at www.LunaStage.org or by calling OvationTix (866) 811-4111. Talkbacks with guest experts and members of the creative team are scheduled throughout the run.

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