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Thursday, April 15, 2004

Sophanes Presents Diana Son's Stop Kiss April 29-May 9

SALISBURY, MD---At its core, Diana Son’s award-winning play Stop Kiss is about the two most elemental human emotions: love and hate. Salisbury University’s student theatre club, Sophanes, brings those emotions to Fulton Hall’s Black Box Theatre with its production of Stop Kiss Thursdays-Sundays, April 29-May 2, and May 6-9. The production takes an intimate look at the lives of Callie and Sara, two young New York women who fall in love with each other and the hate crime that threatens to separate them. Moving back and forth in time from a hospital room to a police station to Callie and Sara’s early days of friendship, the play provides a bittersweet examination of social norms and brings the two characters and the audience to wonder whether the violent outcome of a single kiss makes their relationship a bad idea. “It’s about how things both little and big can affect us on a day-to-day basis and suddenly change our lives,” said Matt Ripa, director of the SU production. A winner of the GLAAD Media Award For Outstanding Play Off Broadway, Stop Kiss is “an enchantingly sincere play,” says The New York Times. New York magazine calls it “deft and canny.” SU’s production features Priscilla Magalee as Callie, Anne Crossman as Sara, Gabe Weigel as George, Spencer Oakes-Dawson as Peter, Stephanie Hallgren as Mrs. Winsley, Chrissy Moore as Detective Cole and Katie Keddell as the Nurse. Production staff includes senic designer and production manager Jessica Fritz, costume designer Priscilla Magalee, sound designer Grant Dorsey, technical director Adam Grant and property master Karla Elliot. Curtain is 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors. SU ID holders are admitted free. Sponsored by the Bobbi Biron Theatre Program, Stop Kiss is recommended for mature audiences. For more information call 410-543-6228.

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