Stage Kiss Make Canadian Debut at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre

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First published on August 10th 2017

Stage Kiss, a hilarious and theatrical romantic comedy, opens at Festival Antigonish on August 10th. Starring Hugh Thompson, Francine Deschepper, Christian Murray, Jeremy Webb, Jennifer Roberts, Naomi Vogt, and Sansom Marchand.

Stage Kiss, a hilarious and theatrical romantic comedy, opens at Festival Antigonish on August 10th. Starring Hugh Thompson, Francine Deschepper, Christian Murray, Jeremy Webb, Jennifer Roberts, Naomi Vogt, and Sansom Marchand.

Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre adds a third play to its Main Stage series with the Canadian debut of Stage Kiss, by Sarah Ruhl, opening August 10th on the Main Stage.

Filled with laughter and surprises, Stage Kiss is a contemporary romantic comedy that takes the audience to the backstage of a theatre and explores what happens when lovers share a stage kiss – or when actors share a real one. The play was most recently included in New York Magazine’s “The 9 Best Plays of 2014” and The New Yorker’s “Best Theatre of the Year, 2011”.

Artistic Director Andrea Boyd says it is the perfect celebratory note to cap off a wonderful season at Festival Antigonish. “The play has a cast of seven talented actors, all of whom have been seen on stage in different plays this season. This means that all the members of the Festival Antigonish company will fill the stage of the Bauer for this funny and thoughtful play.” Boyd goes on to say “With its quirky characters and original dialogue, Stage Kiss is a zany look at the conventions of theatre, and the all too real problems it creates for its actors. I am excited to share this play with our audiences who have been supporting our theatre for thirty years and who will find much of the backstage humour to be relatable”.

Directed by Boyd herself, Stage Kiss stars Francine Deschepper, Sansom Marchand, Christian Murray, Jennifer Roberts, Hugh Thompson, Naomi Vogt, and Jeremy Webb. Original music in the play is composed by Ryan Billington.

Stage Kiss, sponsored by BMO Nesbitt Burns, begins with a pay-what-you-can preview show on August 9th at 8 pm. The show opens the next day with a 2 pm matinee and an 8 pm sponsor performance on August 10th. All performances are held at the Bauer Theatre, located on the campus of StFX University in Antigonish. The play runs until August 25th.

Also running on the Main Stage are The Hound of the Baskervilles, a fast-paced rollicking spoof of the beloved Sherlock Holmes mystery that has been attracting packed houses each night since opening, and Kingfisher Days, a charming nostalgic play by acclaimed Canadian author Susan Coyne that is attracting patrons from as far as Toronto and Regina.

 

 


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