Local Theater Commemorates 100 Year Anniversary Of National Parks Service With New Play

Luna Stage in West Orange is proud to open its 2016-2017 season with the world premiere of King Of The Mountains by Ben Clawson. Audiences journey back to 1903 Yosemite and have a seat at the campfire as President Teddy Roosevelt and Naturalist John Muir go head to head. This historic camping trip was a milestone in the ongoing battle over what to do with public land and would contribute to the forming of The National Parks Service.
King Of The Mountains was commissioned, with support from The Dramatists Guild Fund, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of The National Parks Service. The arguments between proponents of privatization, conservation and preservation are still being fought today more fiercely than ever. But one could say there was no more important time in the history of our public lands than three days in May of 1903.
President Teddy Roosevelt and the naturalist John Muir camped alone together in the Yosemite. One expected to be paid homage, revered for his accomplishments, and praised for his wilderness prowess. The other desired to have his voice heard, his philosophy followed, and his wisdom sought. The problem was, both men wanted to do all the talking. The play offers a private glimpse into the characters of two great men, both champions of the environment, and a complex look at the ongoing battle over what to do with public lands.
King Of The Mountains runs Thurs. through Sun. until Oct. 30. Tickets range from $27-$37 dollars. Group sales available. $10 student rush tickets available one half-hour before curtain. Individual tickets can be purchasedatlunastage.org, or at the box office Tues.-Fri. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; 973-395-5551.
Luna Stage is a small but mighty professional theatre company located in West Orange.. Throughout the past 24 years, the company has earned a national reputation for developing and producing outstanding new plays and timely revivals and for taking on challenging and provocative subject matters in their work.

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