by Sarah Ruhl
directed by Jessica Thebus
originally produced at Goodman Theatre,
April 30, 2011
through June 5, 2011
In this quirky new comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Award-winner Sarah Ruhl, art imitates life—or is it the other way around? When ex-lovers HE and SHE are thrown together as romantic leads in an outrageously dreadful melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage begins to follow them offstage. Stage Kiss is a hilarious, off-beat fairy-tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss—or when actors share a real one…
At the heart of the Goodman is our commitment to the development of new plays for the American theater. The Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award supports that commitment through Sarah’s commission—our third consecutive commission in three seasons to female playwrights, following Rebecca Gilman’s A True History of the Johnstown Flood and Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined. With this grant we continue our support of one of America’s most distinctive theatrical voices.
From Artistic Director Robert Falls
"Sarah Ruhl is one of the most exciting American playwrights working today. Her sharply intelligent wit and distinctive voice endow her plays with an unusual blend of human complexity and humor," said Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls. "With Stage Kiss, Goodman Theatre audiences will fall in love all over again with her contemporary, distinctive voice as Sarah draws them into each individual moment played out on stage."
Northern Trust is the Major Corporate Sponsor. Mayer Brown LLP and the Motorola Foundation are the Corporate Sponsor Partners.
Romance meets plan old love in Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss
Chicago Reader, May 12, 2011
Goodman's 'Stage Kiss' a lip-smacking good-time dramedy
Chicago Sun Times, May 10, 2011
'Stage Kiss' explores the fine art (and craft) of smooching
Chicago Sun Times, May 6, 2011
Stage Kiss, With Jenny Bacon, Mark L. Montgomery, Jeffrey Carlson, Premieres at Goodman
Playbill, April 30, 2011
Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss Will Feature Jenny Bacon, Mark L. Montgomery, Jeffrey Carson
Playbill, March 15, 2011