Published February 12, 2015

‘Stop Kiss’

Monmouth College to present Diana Son play at Fusion Theatre
  • The cast of “Stop Kiss,” which opens Feb. 26 at the college’s downtown Fusion Theatre, includes, in front, from left, Marilyn Carteño, Rowan Williamson, Galen Hughes and Amanda Bowman. In back are, from left, Zac Brand, Cole Downey and Adam Duffield.
Continuing a series of unique productions during Monmouth College’s 2014-15 theatre season, Diana Son’s “Stop Kiss” will be presented Feb. 26 – March 1 at the Fusion Theatre in downtown Monmouth.
 
Directed by Natalie Stortoni, a junior from Gurnee, the play will be staged at 7:30 p.m. on the first three days and at 2 p.m. on March 1.
 
Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for non-MC students and senior citizens and $4 with a Monmouth College ID. Seating is limited, with only 100 seats per show. Tickets may be purchased at the door or the Wells Theater Box Office on campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tickets are also available by phone at 309-457-3095 and by e-mail at theater@monmouthcollege.edu. There will be talkbacks with the director, cast and designers after select shows.
 
“Stop Kiss” tells the story of two women who share an innocent kiss on the streets of New York City and the events that follow. When asked what made the show special to her, Stortoni replied, “I noticed that the season was missing a show that would really feature the women at Monmouth and give them their time to shine, as both ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ have male protagonists. After reading ‘Stop Kiss,’ I fell in love. The script is more than 15 years old, but aside from a handful of cultural references, it is still relevant.
 
The show is largely a drama, but still has several comedic moments and manages to deal with sexual fluidity and labeling in a way that Stortoni described as “very honest.”
 
“I noticed on social media a lot of people who were dealing with those issues, and coming to terms with attraction to people of the same gender, and that’s when I knew that Stop Kiss was a timely show for Monmouth,” she said. “Representation is so important, especially when someone is trying to figure themselves out, and my hope is that this show can be used to open up a larger discussion on sexual fluidity and violence against the LGBT community and women.”
 
“Stop Kiss” suggests graphic content and contains vivid descriptions.
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