Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss, with Jessica Hecht and Todd Almond, Begins Performances at Playwrights Feb. 7

By Carey Purcell
February 7, 2014

The New York premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss begins previews at Playwrights Horizons Feb. 7 prior to an official opening March 2. 



Stage Kiss continues through March 23.

Directed by Rebecca Taichman (Milk Like Sugar, Marie Antoinette, Orlando, The Scene, Luck of the Irish), the cast includes Todd Almond (The Tempest, People Are Wrong!, composer/lyricist of On the Levee), 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), Tony Award nominee Daniel Jenkins (Big River, Golden Boy) and Patrick Kerr (The Ritz, Endgame, The Warrior Ant, Jeffrey, The Devils).

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."

Stage Kiss features scenic design by Neil Patel, costume design by Tony Award winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski and sound design by Matt Hubbs.

Original music is by Todd Almond, and choreography is by Sam Pinkleton. Wig and hair design is by Tom Watson. Cole P. Bonenberger is production stage manager.

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, as well as for Almond and Ruhl, who collaborated on her work Melancholy Play.

Visit PlaywrightsHorizons.org for more information.