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Romantic Comedy "Prelude to a Kiss" Includes a Supernatural Twist

A Bride’s Fate is “Sealed with a Kiss”

Steven Kurdziolek and Ali Henderson are featured in Craig Lucas’ comedy-drama "Prelude to a Kiss," beginning performances on Friday, November 30, 2018, at 7:30 pm.

Freaky Friday. Big. 18 Again. And, amongst all that Hollywood fluff, Prelude to a Kiss. On the surface, Craig Lucas’ play is one more entertainment about people inhabiting bodies that don’t belong to them. However, lurking below are some serious undertones about the commitments we make, and what we endure to honor them. The dramatic comedy opens on Friday, November 30, 2018, at 7:30 pm. Performances take place in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theatre. Tickets are $17/General, $12/Seniors, Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and $9/Students.

After Peter and Rita meet cute, and enjoy a whirlwind courtship, a strange, uninvited old man asks to kiss the bride at the wedding reception. Their souls switch bodies, giving “for better or worse” quite a workout. It is at this point—and continuing through the rest of the play—that director Ruth Childs feels “a little bit of magic, a little bit of laughter and a little bit of misty-eyed poignancy” are captured.

Written at the height of the AIDS crisis, playwright Lucas saw beautiful, young, vibrant couples form amongst his social circle. Ultimately, unfortunately, he would also frequently observe one of the partners turn into an old man overnight, with aches, pains, illnesses, and the pills and medical “cocktails”—along with the accompanying side effects—that would bewilder and confound everyone involved. People in their 20s and 30s were facing realities, including death, which usually only concerned those in their 80s or 90s. Childs’ impression is that “the play is relevant to audience members of any age. It’s about the fragility of love; the importance of kindness, and the enduring nature of human connection.” For better or worse, indeed.

Performances of Prelude to a Kiss will take place on November 30, December 1, 6, 7, and 8, at 7:30 pm. There is also a 2 pm matinee on Sunday, December 2, which will be ASL interpreted.

contact: Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office: (585) 395-2787
submitted: Wed, Nov 7, 2018 by ssoloway
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