2012 - 2013 Season

A Trip to the Moon

    Production photos by Johnny Shryock.

    Directed, Written, and Illustrated by Natsu Onoda Power
    Projection Design by Jared Mezzocchi

    From one of DC’s most inventive theater artists, Natsu Onoda Power, this whimsical, original piece—based on the 1902 silent film by Georges Méliès—will delight and inspire. Astronauts shot to the moon by cannon, a princess who longs to return to her home on the moon, the Soviet space dogs, and more fantastical characters take you along on their journeys and capture your heart.

    “Onoda Power is being celebrated for her collaborative, creative process, her exuberant drive and her brilliant devising of new ways to experience theater.” – DC Theatre Scene

    Onoda Power’s previous work includes Studio Theatre’s acclaimed production Astro Boy and the God of Comics, which she brought to life last spring with on-stage drawing, flashy projections and through-the-roof energy.

    Special Events
    Wednesday, December 5, 8pm
    – $10 Preview Performance; Advance ticket purchase available and recommended

    Wednesday, December 12, 8pm – Young Professionals’ Night: $10 tickets available for adults age 35 and under
    Friday, December 14, 8pm – ASL signed performance


    Colin Analco
    Ben Arden
    Victoria Bertocci
    Katrina Clark
    Zana Gankhuyag
    Pasquale Guiducci
    Francesca Jandasek
    Karen O’Connell
    Renata Veberyte Loman
    Narrator/Voiceover: Guy Spielmann

    Director, Writer, Illustrator: Natsu Onoda Power
    Choreographer: Irina Tsikurishvili
    Projection Design: Jared Mezzocchi
    Set Design: Giorgos Tsappas
    Costume Design: Kendra Rai
    Lighting Design: Andrew F. Griffin
    Composer: Konstantine Lortkipanidze
    Props Design: Suzanne Maloney

    Production Manager: Amy Kellett
    Stage Manager: Marley Monk
    Assistant Lighting Design: Brittany Diliberto
    Master Electrician: Aaron Waxman
    Costume Staff: Corey Searles
    Scenic Painter: Daina Cramer
    Technical Director: Jason Krznarich
    Lead Carpenter: Nathan Kurtz
    Technical Advisor: Phil Charlwood
    Sound Engineer: Thomas Sowers

    Preview from The Washington Post, Lavanya Ramanathan

    Review, DC Metro Theater Arts, Jane Coyne
    “An evening of pure and light-hearted fun…”
    “Natsu Onoda Power’s visual effects are simply stunning…”

    Review, Broadway World, Jennifer Perry
    “The creativity at work is undeniable.”
    “It certainly entertains and pushes boundaries.”

    Review, MD Theatre Guide, Robert Michael Oliver
    “…the eccentric passion of this theatre artist [Onoda Power] and her vision of a world that’s lost its moon could not have shined more robustly.”
    “…there were moments of visual hilarity and splendor throughout.”

    Review, DC Theatre Scene, Tim Treanor
    “We see Méliès’ film reenacted with live actors interacting with an animated background which is at once cartoonish and so realistic and so well coordinated with the actors that it seems alive, too.”
    “…imagination, innovation, craft, creativity…”

    Review, Washingtonian-After Hours, Gwendolyn Purdom
    “NASA may have abandoned its manned lunar mission and our wide-eyed Space Age optimism may have dimmed, but it’s nice to know artists like Power and Synetic’s team are still aiming for the stars.”
    “…the notions behind it are so damn interesting…it’s bold, original, and fun…”