History

Houses on the Moon Theater Company was founded in 2001 with a mission to dispel ignorance and isolation through the theatrical amplification of unheard voices. Through creative workshops, original performances, and post-show discussions, Houses on the Moon helps communities come together by making meaningful connections through the public sharing of their untold stories. All Houses projects are created through an extensive developmental and research process in collaboration with its community partners, which have included Amnesty International, the AFSC Immigrant Rights Program, Human Rights First and many others.  At the core of our developmental process are interviews with real people about their lives, and a creative search for those human stories that yearn for a much wider hearing.

The company’s inaugural production “Building Houses on the Moon”, an original play about the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth, has been performed for student audiences throughout the U.S. and been used extensively as a diversity training tool for educators and administrators. The play has also appeared at regional theaters such as the City Theatre of Pittsburgh and the Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival where it won the Award for Best Ensemble Production.

“Finding the Words,” a co-production with Enact, Inc. is a documentary theater piece curated from interviews and poetry of young people and educators who were on the front lines of the unprecedented events of September 11th, 2001. The play toured New York City schools on a grant from Time-Warner and Project Liberty and was presented as a training tool on dealing with traumatized youth at the American Group Psychotherapy Conference. It also appeared Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

The Houses production of TARA’S CROSSING is one of the first plays ever to deal with political asylum for refugees fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The play had its World Premiere in 2005 at the L.E.S. Tenement Theatre and is still presented widely in theaters and as a training tool on gender identity and legal issues. DE NOVO is a documentary theater piece telling the story of an undocumented immigrant teenager fleeing gang life. The play had its Off Broadway premiere in May 2010 at 59E59 St. Theaters Americas Off Broadway Festival. In 2011, the company mounted an all-Spanish version of the play in El Salvador with a special focus on reaching impoverished young people most at risk for migration. In 2013/2014 DE NOVO was featured at Elmhurst Hospital, L.I.C. High School, Museo Del Barrio, Queens College and more with a focus of educating the public and healthcare professionals on issues specific to asylum seekers. The play is touring NYC this spring and will also be presented by the NYC Council. Houses’ newest project in development, gUN COUNTRY, is a two phased project exploring the role of guns in America. The first phase is a storytelling series with people whose lives have been directly touched by gun violence, and the second phase is a new play inspired by some of these stories. Both components will be presented to the public this spring at the Mint Theater, CUNY campuses and more.