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Nov. 21, 2017
Keri Daughenbaugh, media relations assistant
Northwest Missouri State University's theatre company, Theatre Northwest, will present “Stop Kiss” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, in the Studio Theatre at the Ron Houston Center for Performing Arts.
Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the box office one hour before the show.
“Stop Kiss” is a love story about finding romance in unexpected places. The play, written by Diana Son, is being directed at Northwest by Samantha Ruiz, a senior speech and theatre education major from Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
“(The show) differs from those in the past,” Ruiz said. “It addresses a more controversial issue of human rights and human dignity in the face of prejudices and preconceived notions.”
In the play, Callie meets Sara and unexpectedly falls in love, but their first kiss prompts a violent attack in Central Park, leaving Callie to wonder and hope about the future. With humor and heart, “Stop Kiss” subtly illustrates what it means to fall in love and the price we pay for it.
Produced Off-Broadway, The New York Times called it “irresistibly exciting” and a “sweet, sad and enchantingly sincere play.”
Ruiz said she hopes audiences leave with a broadened worldview.
“With the message of the show, I would like people to think more deeply about how they treat one another and strive to be better citizens,” she said.
The remainder of the Theatre Northwest season includes “A Spring Evening of One-Acts, Feb. 2-3; “Still Life with Iris by Steven Dietz, Feb. 22-25; and “Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies, April 20-21.” The season also includes “Footloose” as the Department of Fine and Performing Arts’ biennial musical April 5-7.
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