Prelude to a Kiss

Prelude to a Kiss by Craig Lucas

May 17 – June 16

directed by Stuart Bousel (M. Butterfly, The Merchant of Venice)

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After a whirlwind courtship, Rita and Peter marry. Following their storybook wedding, an elderly man congratulates Rita with a kiss. But it is no ordinary kiss. By a quirky twist of fate, the kiss effects a soul switch and Rita finds herself living in the old man’s body, and the old man in hers. Written in the aftermath of the AIDS crisis, Craig Lucas’ charming, funny and poignant adult fairytale challenges our assumptions of beauty, the limits of love, and the meaning of commitment.

Mr. Lucas opens the window on love -true love, not fairy-tale love – so wide that, even in this cynical time, it seems a redemptive act of faith to take a free fall into the wild blue. – Frank Rich, New York Times

Like many a fairy tale this isn’t a what you see is what you get happy ending story. Like the brothers Grimm, Lucas knows that what you see in such stories embodies the unseen darker fears that haunt us from childhood on—in this case the fear of aging and its accompanying losses and the ultimate fear of death. – Elyse Sommer, Curtain Up

Slideshow from PRELUDE.  All photos by Jay Yamada.  For downloadable, full-resolution pictures go to

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Will Leschber
Charles Lewis III* (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot)
Jan Carty Marsh
Allison Page (The Book of Liz)
Elena Ruggiero
Dave Sikula (Superior Donuts)
Nick Trengove (A Bright Room Called Day)
Richard Wenzel* (Spalding Gray: Stories Left to TellI)

Scenic Design – Andrew Cummings

Lighting / Video design – Maxx Kurzunski*

Costume / Prop Design – Maria Chenut

Sound Design – Cole Ferriaoulo

*member, Custom Made Theatre Co.

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