Wayne State University’s Studio Theatre presents Diana Son’s “Stop Kiss,” which focuses on the story of Sara and Callie, who are assaulted on the street after their first kiss.
The show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16, 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 and 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Studio Theatre, in the lower level of the Hilberry, 4743 Cass, Detroit.
The story is told out of chronological order, without an intermission, before and after a hate crime assault, which is not shown onstage.
The two women are walking through New York City’s West Village late at night when they share their first kiss. A bystander becomes enraged, attacks them, and Sara ends up seriously injured and in a coma.
George, Callie’s good friend, tries to help, but there is little he can do. Peter, Sara’s former boyfriend, travels to help nurse her back to health.
The show, directed by Cheryl Turski, looks at how relationships are explored, formed and ended, and explores the depth of human emotion and the compassion people share.
The cast features graduate actor Antonia LaChe as Callie and undergraduate actor Laurain Hope as Sara.
Graduate actors in the cast include Brandon Wright as George, Tobias Wilson as Peter, Lani Williams as Mrs. Winsley and Nick Stockwell as Detective Cole.
Also in the cast are undergraduate actors Lauren Alo as a nurse and in ensemble roles, and Alex Morrison performing ensemble roles.
Turski said the show begins with a kiss that provokes a violent backlash.
“‘Stop Kiss’ oscillates between the rush of a blossoming romance and the painful aftermath of a hate crime,” she said. “Will Callie finally learn to stop swerving and commit to love? Will Sara return to the ease of the Midwest, or continue to face the harsh realities of New York?
“When society punishes those who dare to live outside of its norms, how does love heal?”
The show confronts timely topics by addressing hate crimes while exploring the perils of living life on ones own terms.
Tickets are $25, with a $5 discount for seniors, alumni and WSU staff, and a $15 discount for students with valid identification.
To order tickets or for more information call 313-577-2972 or go to wsushows.com.
DAG ANNOUNCES CAST FOR ‘CUCKOO’S NEST’
The Downriver Actors Guild and director Lucinda Chavez have assembled a dream team for the cast of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” with theater veterans Leo McMaster as RP McMurphy, Carolyn Sohoza as Nurse Ratched and Rob Eagel as Scanlon.
The show runs 7:30 p.m. March 16, 17, 23 and 24, and 3 p.m. March 25 at the Catherine A. Daly Theatre on the Avenue, 2656 Biddle, Wyandotte.
The show, set in a state mental hospital in the 1960s, focuses on Randle P. McMurphy, a con artist who tries to serve a short sentence in a mental hospital instead of a prison. However, he enters into a dangerous battle of wills with the merciless Nurse Ratched when he tries to resist her authority.
Also in the cast are Pete Ziedas as Chief Bromden, Bryan Aue as Billy Bibbett, Ronald Roberts as Cheswick and John Bruske as Martini.
Gary Jenkins plays Dale Harding, with Bill McClosky as Ruckly, John Bacarella as Dr. Spivey, Kathleen McBee as Nurse Flinn, Jim Wolbrink as Aide Warren and Chris Gawel as Aide Turkle.
Amanda Bates plays Candy Starr, with Kathryn Bedikian as Sandra, and Rick Townm Jack Mackie, Chuck Bollman and Brandon Curren as the Chronics.
Tickets are $16, with a $3 discount for students and seniors. To order, call 734-407-7020 or go to downriveractorsguild.net.