Stop Kiss: An Unexpected Love Transforms Two Lives
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The last date listed for Stop Kiss was Sunday December 18, 2011 / 7:00pm.
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An African-American attorney with a successful career discovers she has an Iraqi half-sister she never knew about in award-winning playwright Wendy Graf's latest work. This hard-hitting drama about family conflict and clashing cultures stars L.A Weekly and NAACP Award-winner Diarra Kilpatrick as up-and-coming corporate attorney Julie Dolan, whose carefully constructed life begins to crumble when she meets her half-sister Neyla. Neyla, a violinist, has fled Iraq to audition for Julliard, but Julie suspects there is more to her story. Graf's fresh spin on racial relations gives each of its characters their own voice and point of view as they navigate in a world that has become interconnected and multicultural on every level. Learn More
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Honest, heartfelt, and creatively delivered is how I would describe my experience Friday night after being captivated by the performance, "Stop Kiss." I really did not feel as though I was even watching a performance, rather I was peering into a moment in time, that was both personal and politically loaded.
The intimate cast, stage, and creative use of the space provided an uncluttered setting, which allowed me to focus on the essence of the story. For example: A hospital scene, using one simple, humming, florescent light to transport me to an uncomfortable and sterile environment. Which was then strengthened by the actress Emma Jacobson-Sive's dead-on uneasy quiver in her voice, the hesitation in her answer's the quickness of her retreat from such a space (without giving anything away). Or the simple use of a stack of drawers to communicate a small New York Apartment; coupled with great dead-pan wit again carried by the cast that had the whole audience laughing along.
The acting in this play was very effective in it's simplicity and believability. It was as though I knew these people, and was allowed to experience the vulnerability of a relationship, in all of it's ugliness and love...not to mention HUMOR. The cast had a true bond, and it was felt in the audience, so as that there was no disconnect between them and us. The laughs, pain, anger, and compassion were tangible, and I am typically a skeptic of stage acting.
Please attend this play and experience what I did....laugh, cry, lose yourself in a great performance.
Set in New York, Stop Kiss tells the story of a new friendship between Callie and Sara that over time turns into something more, with unexpected and tragic consequences. Described by the New York Times as "a sweet, sad and enchantingly sincere play," the play and its six characters grapple with issues of violence, friendship, identity and love.
Stop Kiss won the GLAAD Media Award for Best New York Production and was on the Top 10 Plays lists of the New York Times, New York Newsday, the New York Daily News. Cast includes Kelly Hill, Emma Jacobson-Sive, Keith Ewell, Connor Barrett, Lisa Goodman and Cliff Weissman. Directed by Ken Barnett & Larry Biederman. Produced by Ginger Perkins. Recommended for ages 14 and older.