Luna

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Contrived
reality

Historical fiction/immersive experience

Luna is a story based on found photos, family history, places I have traveled and custom photoshoots I have held over the years. 

Luna is a form of mixed experience, or "contrived reality".  I have been inspired by immersive theatre and work I have done in alternate reality games (alternate reality game (ARG) is an interactive networked narrative that uses the real world as a platform and employs transmedia storytelling to deliver a story that may be altered by players' ideas or actions.).  This curiosity has led to the creation of blending these forms into the creation of a historical fiction that moves from digital medium to real life theatrical experiences that, in turn, creates reality from an entirely fictional event  

The experience is held in a hotel and guests are treated to a performance and allowed to interact lightly with the characters as the story unfolds. 

The Story 

 Luna Maria Montessa

Luna Maria Montessa

THE STORY

Luna is the story of a Jewish Andalusian girl who flees from the Franco regime during the Spanish Civil War in 1938 to Tangiers, Morocco.  

 Tangiers, Origin of the Cirque

Tangiers, Origin of the Cirque

While in exile in Morocco, Luna meets an international troupe of traveling circus performers known as Cirque De Luna. Luna becomes friends with Indian Siamese twins Shivangi and Diya and the clown Stabilo, who was disfigured by fire when he was a young boy and wears a large mask to hide his scarred face. 
 

 Stabilo

Stabilo

The troupe travels to the Americas settling in Mexico City.  Luna befriends an older woman known to the town for creating remedies and healing potions and teas.  She is known as a La Bruja or the witch to the town.  La Bruja takes the orphaned Luna as her protege and teaches her earth magic. 

 La Bruja

La Bruja

Luna falls in love with the young Mexican Luchador wrestler Miguel who goes by the stage name El Technico. 
 

 El Technico

El Technico

 Costume detail

Costume detail


While on a tour in the West Coast of the United States, Cirque De Luna's train is delayed on a whistlestop port town in Northern California. 

The troupe spends the evening at local Hotel and entertains the locals in an impromptu performance. All goes well until a fight breaks out and El Technico is caught in the melee and killed. 

Very little is known what happened during the fateful event.  But, by the dawn,  the townspeople and the members of Cirque De Luna had vanished.  

What happened during that fateful night?  Did Luna exact her revenge proving her magic is real?  Did the townspeople flee because of their fear of getting caught in their murderous rage? 

 

 The authors desk

The authors desk