“Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library” Extends at Luna Stage Through November 17




Luna Stage’s critically acclaimed World Premiere of Jenny Lyn Bader’s Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library will extend thru November 17. Praised by Oleg Sulkin of Voice of America as “a powerful and timely tour de force,” the production was originally slated to close November 10.

Broadway Radio’s Peter Filichia declared in his review: “I won’t be surprised if it makes the leap to New York City where I think it really does belong.”

Set in 1933 Berlin, Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library is a fantastical drama about one of our deepest thinkers, inspired by real events.

Ruth Ross, NJ Arts Maven calls the production “An intimate, riveting revelation of insight and courage expressed in unexpected ways… providing optimism for the fate of the human race!”

And Johanna R. Ginsberg writes in New Jersey Jewish News “In a moment of intense polarization in our own political discourse, the play is more than a history lesson and a drama; it’s also a dissertation on how to speak to another person across a seemingly impassable gulf.”

About the Play

Johanna Stern will become one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. But at the moment, no one has heard of her, or even of the name she writes under, Hannah Arendt. She is merely a graduate student with one book under her belt. Karl Frick is a young officer, recently promoted from the criminal police force to the political police force, a new division in 1933 Berlin. His first interrogation in this new job promises to be his most challenging one.

Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library stars Giuliana Carr, Karl Kenzler and Brett Temple, and is directed by Luna Stage’s Artistic Director Ari Laura Kreith. The play is appropriate for family audiences, and recommended for ages 12+.

Luna’s World Premiere production of Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library began performances October 17 and runs through November 17. Tickets are $25-$40, and are available at LunaStage.org or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111. The full schedule of special events, including pre-show LunaLit book-related events and post-show conversations, will be posted at LunaStage.org.

About Luna Stage

Luna Stage develops and produces vibrant plays about local and global experiences. We bring communities together for artistic events that spark conversations and create understanding and change. Firmly rooted in New Jersey’s Valley Arts District—a crossroads of cultures—we celebrate the diverse voices that surround us.

Luna is committed to eliminating barriers to participation and nurturing the next generation of audiences and artists. In addition to its artistic season, the company offers classes for children and adults, and developmental programs for early-career artists.

Luna Stage has contributed to the development of over 100 new works for the stage, earning a reputation for artistic excellence. Luna’s unique approach to producing, as well as the work itself, fosters an environment of inclusivity, understanding, and infinite possibility.

Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library
by Jenny Lyn Bader
Directed by Ari Laura Kreith
At Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ | Luna Office: 973-395-5551
Performance Schedule: Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm
Closes: Sunday, November 17
Tickets: $25-$40 at LunaStage.org or OvationTix: 866-811-4111
Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission

Karl Frick (Brett Temple) with Hannah Stern (Giuliana Carr) in Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library at Luna Stage – photo by Mike Peters Montclair State

Hannah Stern (Giuliana Carr) and Karl Frick (Brett Temple) in Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library at Luna Stage – photo by Kacey Stamats

Hannah Stern (Giuliana Carr) and Karl Frick (Brett Temple) in Mrs Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library-Photo Credit_ Kacey Stamats

Hannah Stern (Giuliana Carr) and Erich Landau (Karl Kenzler) in Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library at Luna Stage – photo by Kacey Stamats