EARTHRISE

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While the world waits for the launch of Apollo 11 in 1969, three children of key NASA employees watch from different perspectives: a mathematician’s daughter, an astronaut’s son and an engineer’s daughter. By dreaming a collective dream of landing on the moon together, the kids learn to understand the historic mission and not fear it. Lauren Gunderson’s immersive, original play commemorates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Using projections, songs and NASA footage, EARTHRISE captures the breathtaking feat of the first lunar landing. As the kids dream of voyaging to the moon and back, they discover how far “one small step” can propel them. On stage at the Kennedy Center, July 18 to Aug. 4. Most enjoyed by age 5, up. $20. kennedy-center.org.