Stages Begins Season with Stop Kiss

Issue Date: 
September 22, 2014

AKiss kiss on a park bench provides the pivotal moment in Stop Kiss, the play that will open the University of Pittsburgh Stages’ fall season. Stages is the production company for Pitt’s Department of Theatre Arts.

Opening night is Oct. 2 and performances run through Oct. 12 in Pitt’s Henry Heymann Theatre, in the basement of the Stephen Foster Memorial. Curtain is at 8 p.m., except for Sunday matinees, which begin at 2 p.m.

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Stop Kiss, first produced in 1998 in New York City, is the work of playwright Diana Son. She tells the story of two women—Sara, in New York on a fellowship to teach third grade in the Bronx, and Callie, a 20-something traffic reporter. As their lives intermingle, romance builds to one fateful kiss on a park bench. The fallout of that single kiss reverberates through their lives, changing them in ways they did not expect.

Stop Kiss is directed by theatre arts senior Brittany Coyne and features a cast of six undergraduates. Sophomore theatre arts and political science double major Leenie Baker plays Sara and senior theatre arts major Lucy Clabby is in the role of Callie.

The University of Pittsburgh Stages and the Department of Theatre Arts helps students find the role that’s right for them—be it on stage, backstage, behind the scenes, or in the director’s chair. The program is geared toward integrating students into the extensive history of theatre and its vibrant modern community.