The Moon in the Well is a theater housed in a traditional stone “masseria,” or farm house, from the mid-nineteenth century; a cultural center nestled among the majestic olive trees in the Puglian countryside near Ostuni [Brindisi province]. The name expresses our hope for an oasis which can nourish new art forms, creating opportunities for fruitful creative encounters, where one can find the environment, and the time, to realize one’s desires.

This center was born in 1999, of the meeting between two actors and an enchanted place. Robert McNeer and Pia Wachter, after 15 years of touring Europe with “Kismet” theater of Bari, recognized, in this corner of the mythical Itrian Valley, a place in which to realize their dream:

of cultivating theater and the performing arts in a natural environment.


The goals of our project are evident in our work over the last years: to enliven this Puglian countryside with theater and art, reinforcing its role as a cultural center where strands of many different experiences may intertwine and be mutually enriched in a beautiful new tapestry. A place to serve as resonating chamber for the harmonies of diverse artistic voices, where one may enjoy the polyphony between local and international voices.


Visiting La Luna means, first of all, discovering Puglia, being enchanted by the myriad reflections of this hospitable Mediterranean landscape, rich in cultural and culinary traditions.

Centurion olive trees, quaint stone “trulli”, medieval castles, baroque architecture, traditional music, dances, and festivities, crystalline seas: Puglia is a land between two seas, a crossroads of cultures and experiences, prepared to celebrate the best of each.

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