New York Premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss to Feature Jessica Hecht, Dominic Fumusa and Patrick Kerr

By Carey Purcell
11 Nov 2013

Jessica Hecht
Jessica Hecht
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Casting has been announced for the New York premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss, which will play Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons.

Preview performances will begin Feb. 7, 2014, prior to an official opening March 2. Stage Kiss will continue through March 23.

Directed by Rebecca Taichman (Milk Like Sugar, Marie Antoinette, Orlando, The Scene, Luck of the Irish), the cast will include Clea Alsip (L(y)RE), Michael Cyril Creighton (The Vietnamization of NJ, Blood Play, "Jack in the Box"), SAG Award nominee Dominic Fumusa (Passion Play, Tape, Take Me Out, [sic], "Nurse Jackie"), Emma Galvin (Lidless, Our Town, Blood Play), Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht (The Assembled Parties, A View From the Bridge, Harvey, The Last Night of Ballyhoo) and Patrick Kerr (The Ritz, Endgame, The Warrior Ant, Jeffrey, The Devils).

One final cast member will be announced in the coming weeks.



Here's how the production is billed: "Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors (Hecht and Fumusa) with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. Sarah Ruhl's singular voice returns to Playwrights Horizons with Stage Kiss, a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss — or when actors share a real one."

Two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Ruhl's writing credits also include Dead Man's Cell Phone, EurydiceThe Clean House and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play).

Stage Kiss marks a reunion for Ruhl and Taichman, who previously collaborated on Orlando in 2010.

The production will feature scenic design by two-time Obie Award winner Neil Patel, costume design by Tony Award winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Jane Cox and sound design by Matt Hubbs. The production stage manager is Cole P. Bonenberger.

Single tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Jan. 6 and can be purchased by calling (212) 279-4200 or visiting TicketCentral.com.