Kiss is coming to the Ashby Stage, the home of the Shotgun Players, this August. Shotgun is committed to work that challenges audiences and artists alike to re-examine the ever-changing world around us, and Kiss embodies that commitment to boundary-pushing performance. Treat yourself (and someone special) to a night of theatre—at a special Chinook Book discount of $10 off per ticket.
Kiss, by Guillermo Calderón
A group of actors discover a script set in Damascus. They eagerly begin performing what appears to be a romantic melodrama, believing they will learn something about what it’s like to live in Syria. Then everything explodes. With subtly shifting perspectives, Kiss compels us to continually question our grip on reality. It’s a mystery and political thriller dressed up as a love story. Kiss begins previews on Thursday, August 23; opens on Thursday, August 30; and runs through Sunday, September 23, 2018, at the Ashby Stage.
Kiss Playwright Guillermo Calderón commented about the play in the September 2017 issue of American Theatre: “Kiss is a very optimistic play in that, of course it deals with war and it deals with misunderstanding, but it also upholds the idea that theatre artists are not going to be stopped. Even when they feel like they have completely misunderstood Syrian culture and a play from a different country, they’re going to push through anyway, because they believe not only in their convictions—they also believe in the possibilities of theatre. So they’re not going to be stopped.”
In addition to being director of marketing and new plays at Golden Thread Productions, Kiss Director Evren Odcikin is one of four founding members of Maia, a consulting group for organizations and artists engaging with stories from the Middle East and beyond. “As someone who does a lot of theatre about the Middle East, I am always aware of the impossibility of getting things right. Especially as I am looked to as an ‘expert’ on these things more and more, I am very sensitive to my shortcomings as a Westerner who wants to do right by these stories. So I expect working on this play to be very therapeutic—I love making fun of myself.”
Founding Artistic Director Patrick Dooley started Shotgun Players in 1992. Before finding the company’s permanent home at the Ashby Stage in 2004, they performed in 44 different spaces, always striving for artistic excellence, social relevance, and community engagement. Nothing excites this company more than taking on projects that other companies might deem too expensive, too unwieldy, or just plain impossible. As a result, audience and industry members alike have come to expect astonishing theatre from Shotgun Players.