September 19 — October 10

STAGE KISS

By Sarah Ruhl

Regional Premiere

Directed by Jason Kirkpatrick

Featuring Trey Burvant, Aimée Hayes, Richard Hutton, Madison Kerth, John Neisler, Matthew Thompson, and Kristin Witterschein

 

Ashé Power House

1731 Baronne Street

New Orleans, LA 70113

 

(Dedicated and secure parking lot adjacent!)

 

Thursdays – Saturdays: 8 PM

Sundays: 3 PM

 

1 hour and 50 minutes

with one 15 minute intermission

 

Strobe lights. loud noises, and non-chemical smoke are used during the performance.

Contains strong language and adult content. Ages 16 and up.


Does art imitate life or vice versa? In this effervescent romantic comedy by Sarah Ruhl (IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY; THE CLEAN HOUSE), it’s a little bit of both! Long after their disastrous but passionate love affair, two actors are reunited on stage in a 1930s melodrama. A charming play-within-a-play, STAGE KISS reveals a frisky insider’s view of how love can unexpectedly happen both on and off the stage.

The Times-Picayune calls it “wickedly clever!”

Previews: September 16 - 18
Special Events
September 16   Benefit for WRBH 88.3 FM
September 18   Ladies Night
September 19   Opening Night
September 20   UNO Matinee
September 20   Post-Matinee Talkback
September 24   Pay What You Can Night
September 27   Post-Matinee Talkback
October 2   Ladies Night
October 4   Post-Matinee Talkback
Press
"A bright and buoyant thing"

—The New Yorker

“A superb new romantic comedy that's moving, smart, and flat-out hilarious”

—New York Magazine

“A comedy that aims for big laughs and hits the target”

—New York Post

"Wickedly funny"

—The Times-Picayune

Meet the Playwright

Sarah Ruhl’s plays include IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee for best new play), THE CLEAN HOUSE (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, 2005; The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2004); PASSION PLAY, A CYCLE (Pen American award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center); DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE (Helen Hayes award); MELANCHOLY PLAY; EURYDICE; ORLANDO, DEMETER IN THE CITY (NAACP nomination), LATE: A COWBOY SONG, THREE SISTERS, and most recently, STAGE KISS and DEAR ELIZABETH.

Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, off-Broadway at Playwrights’ Horizons, Second Stage, and at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater, and downtown at Clubbed Thumb and Classic Stage Company. Her plays have been produced regionally all over the country, with premieres at Yale Repertory Theater, the Goodman Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Madison Repertory Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cornerstone Theater, and the Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago.

Her plays have also been produced internationally in London, Germany, Australia, Canada and Israel, and have been translated into Polish, Russian, Spanish, Norwegian, Korean, German and Arabic.

Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her M.F.A. from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award and the Whiting Writers’ Award. She was a member of 13P and of New Dramatists and won the MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. She was recently the recipient of the PEN Center Award for a mid-career playwright, the Feminist Press’ Forty under Forty award, and the 2010 Lilly Award. She is currently on the faculty at Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Meet the Cast

Trey BurvantTrey Burvant (He) Trey Burvant earned his M.F.A. in Acting from the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard/Moscow Art Theatre in 2001. As an actor he has toured in Russia, Germany, Italy & Switzerland and performed at the Moscow Art Theatre Lab, American Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Huntington Theatre Lab, Boston Theatreworks. Trey was last seen in SRT’s production of MOLD, the third installation of John Beignet’s Rising Water Trilogy. Selected credits in national commercials, television and film are: McDonalds, Budweiser, Robitussin, Nutella, “Treme,” “Drop Dead Diva” (co-star), Final Destination, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Campaign, Final Witness (co-star), The Lucky One, and “NCIS: New Orleans.”

Aimee HayesAimée Hayes (She) Since being named Producing Artistic Director in 2007, Hayes has focused on new play development, producing many writers during her tenure, including John Biguenet, Eric Coble, Zayd Dohrn, Catherine Filloux, Jim Fitzmorris, Ross Maxwell, Tarrell McCraney, Peter McElligot, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Joe Sutton, and Steve Yockey. As a member of the National New Play Network, Hayes has served on the Showcase of New Plays panel and directed in their MFA Playwright Showcase at the Kennedy Center. She has also overseen the incorporation of a new slate of new play development programs into Southern Rep’s Lagniappe Series including 6×6, a new play slam, 3×3: THE ONE ACTS, New Orleans’ only live, ongoing soap opera, DEBAUCHERY!, and THE NEW PLAY BACCHANAL, an annual two-day new play festival that includes honoring a new play by a female playwright of color with The Ruby Prize. Hayes has often appeared on the stage, most recently as Hannah Jelkes in Southern Rep’s THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, and prior to that, as Blanche Dubois in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. In 2014, New Orleans Magazine named Hayes a Top Female Achiever, and in 2012 she was named Gambit Weekly’s Theatre Person of the Year, and one of New Orleans Magazine’s 2008 People to Watch. Hayes serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee and at-large Board Member for the Theatre Communications Group (TCG).

Richard HuttonRichard Hutton (Director) Richard Hutton has had a wide variety of roles in musical theatre on local stages. Among them are Dan Goodman in NEXT TO NORMAL (his last appearance with Southern Rep in their award-winning production), Miguel de Cervantes in MAN OF LA MANCHA (with JPAS, two Best Actor awards), Emile DeBeque in SOUTH PACIFIC (with Summer Lyric, Big Easy award), Signor Naccarelli in LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, Burrs in Andrew Lippa’s WILD PARTY, Arthur and Lancelot in CAMELOT, and Frank N. Furter in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Big Easy-nominated).

Madison KerthMadison Kerth (Angela/Millie/Maid) Madison Kerth, a senior at NOCCA, is performing with Southern Rep Theatre for the second time.  Madison spent two years in the role of Annie in the 30th Anniversary National Tour of ANNIE THE MUSICAL under the direction of Martin Charnin.  She has recently appeared regionally in BIG FISH (Sandra), NEXT TO NORMAL (Natalie), ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (Lady Merrill), SPELLING BEE (Marcy), as well as, many other great local productions and cabarets.  She is a proud nominee of the 2009 Big Easy Foundation and Storer Boone awards for “Best Performance by a Child” for her role as Annie at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carre and the 2014 Big Easy Foundation award for “Best Supporting Actress in a Musical” for her role in Southern Rep’s NEXT TO NORMAL.

John NeislerJohn Neisler (Husband/Harrison) John Neisler’s previous appearances with Southern Rep include FREEDOM, AFTERLIFE: A GHOST STORY and OPUS. He recently completed his MFA at the University of New Orleans, where he appeared in BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE GOOD DOCTOR, ORESTES 2.0 and TAMING OF THE SHREW. Other local credits: Jim Fitzmorris’ FROM A LONG WAY OFF, THE WEIR, and BLACKBIRD. John is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. He will be seen at SRT in the upcoming SONG OF A MAN COMING THROUGH.

Matthew ThompsonMatthew Thompson (Kevin/Pimp/Butler) Matthew is making his second appearance on the Southern Rep stage following NEXT TO NORMAL. A locally based actor and playwright, Matthew holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from Southern Methodist University. He has had work produced through Southern Rep’s 6×6 and 3×3 original playwrights’ series, and has appeared in numerous film and television productions. Most recently he has been seen in Dallas Buyers Club and ABC’s “Astronaut Wives Club.”

KristinWitterscheinKristin Witterschein (Millicent the Maid/the Friend/Laurie) Kristin is a native of New Jersey and has been a member of The NOLA Project theatre company since moving to New Orleans in 2009. She received her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2007 after studying at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting for four years. Past credits include: Viola in TWELFTH NIGHT (NOLA Project at NOMA), Jane Bennet in PRIDE & PREJUDICE (Southern Rep), A TRUCKLOAD OF INK (World Premiere), Darlene in BALM IN GILEAD (Big Easy Award nomination), Juliet in ROMEO & JULIET (NOLA Project at NOMA), Young “Little” Edie in GREY GARDENS (Southern Rep at Le Petit Théâtre), Hermia in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (NOLA Project at NOMA Sculpture Garden), Julia in THE WEDDING SINGER at Le Petit Théâtre (Big Easy Award nomination), and ANGELS IN AMERICA: PARTS 1 & 2 (Stella Adler NYC).