Saturday, February 13, 2010
I don't usually post anything about a play before I review it, but I'm operating not as a theater critic now but in my other role as president of PFLAG-Olympia and the father of a child who was the victim of a hate crime. The play I'm going to see tonight is a play about homophobia and a hate crime.
Prodigal Sun Productions in Olympia is producing "Stop Kiss" by Diana Son.
Here's the description from Wikipedia:
"It focuses on the touching story of friends-turned-lovers, Sara and Callie, who are assaulted for kissing. The story is centered around a hate crime that is a direct result of homophobia.
"Sara and Callie are walking through New York City's West Village, when they share their first kiss. This leads to a vicious attack by a angry bystander, in which Sara is horribly injured. She falls into a coma, which becomes one of the major subjects of the play. George, Callie's good friend, tries to help with the situation, but there is little he can do. Peter, Sara's boyfriend from St. Louis, comes to help nurse her back to health. Throughout Stop Kiss, relationships are explored, formed, and even ended. Diana Son elaborates on the depths of human emotion and compassion in this play.
"The story is told out of chronological order: alternating scenes take place respectively before and after the assault, which is not shown onstage."
The show features Raychel Wagner as Callie, Katie Driscoll as Sara, Dennis Rolly as Detective Cole, Brian Jansen as George, Jon Tallman as Peter, and Bonnie Vandver as Mrs. Winsley.
What: Prodigal Sun Productions presents the play STOP KISS by Diana Son
Directed by Elizabeth Lord
When: February 12-13, 18-21, 25-27, 2010
Special "Pay-what-you-can" performance Thursday February 18.
Showtime: 8:00 PM for all dates.
Doors open at 7:30.
Where: The Midnight Sun Performance Space 113 N. Columbia St. in downtown Olympia
Tickets: $12.00 available at the door night of show, or online: www.buyolympia.com/events
Pay-what-you-can on Thurs. February 18th.
More info: go to www.prodigalsunproductions.org or telephone 360-250-2721
My review will appear in The Olympian and The News Tribune Feb. 26