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Ursinus Presents “Stop Kiss,” a Story of Unexpected Love

The play runs April 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. and April 9 at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theater in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center on the Ursinus College campus.

Girl unexpectedly falls in love with girl. They kiss…and a senseless act of violence threatens everything they have. That’s the premise of Stop Kiss, the acclaimed play written by Diana Son. Set in 1998 in New York City, it addresses issues of intolerance and prejudice faced by many members of the LGBTQ community.

It is directed by Meghan Brodie, an assistant professor of theater, and is presented by the Ursinus College Department of Theater and Dance.

Stop Kiss has been on my directing wish list for several years because I think it is a tightly-crafted story of unexpected love,” says Brodie, an Ursinus graduate and the college’s first theater major.

The story, told out of chronological order, follows Sara and Callie as they walk through New York City late at night and share their first kiss. A vicious attack by a bystander transforms their lives in a way both women could never anticipate. The narrative moves back and forth in time, switching between the weeks leading up to the attack on two women and the weeks following the attack.

Brodie says, “The play is a reminder that we must work toward creating a world in which our shared humanity prevails over the ignorance and hate aimed at those whose sexuality, race, religion, ability, or gender expression are viewed as non-normative.”

“I think Stop Kiss highlights the senselessness of hate crime and the horrible irony of responding to love with violence,” she says.  

This six-actor play stars Ursinus student actors Juju Bonilla, Skyler Gailing, Tommy Armstrong, Christian Eagen, Arthur Robinson, and Annie Rudman.

Tickets are $5 for Ursinus students and faculty and staff, and for seniors, and $8 general admission. Visit ursinus.tix.com. –by Ed Moorhouse