8567 Coral Way #355
Miami, FL 33155
Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
KISSING by Robert Caisley
January 15 - February 15, 2009
Thursday - Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 1 pm
Sponsored in part by The Dramatists Guild Foundation and The Hyatt Regency Coral Gables.
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Directed by Ricky J. Martinez*
Scenic Designer: Jesus Casimiro
Lighting Designer: Kyle A. Thomas
Sound Designer: Clint Hooper*
Costumes: K. Blair Brown
Production Stage Manager: Clint Hooper*
Sound Board Operator: Christopher Vicchiollo*
House Manager: Juan C. Sanchez
Photography: Eileen Suarez* (marketing & publicity) and
Dr. Norman Gorback (lobby display)
Exhibiting Lobby Artist: Marcelo Mansilla
SAM - Larry Buzzeo*
HELEN - Barbara Sloan*
TESS - Jessa Thomas*
ANDREW - Kyle A. Thomas
* members of Actors' Equity Association
Kissing is presented with special arrangements with the playwright and his agent Marta Praeger, Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc., 1501 Broadway, Suite 2310, New York, NY 10036.
Special Thanks to Barbara Cancela, Javier Casas, Alain Hernandez, Clint Hooper, Bill Schwartz, Kyle A. Thomas, Christopher Vicchiollo and The Hyatt Regency Coral Gables.
Time & Place
Central Park, Present Day.
Things heat up in this quirky romantic comedy and lives spin out-of-control during an office softball game. When an illicit kiss between Sam and Tess threatens to break up his long-time marriage to Helen, Tess breaks off the relationship, and makes an attempt at a new life with Andrew. A play about the biology and sociology of kissing and the choices we make after passion and guilt intervene. Perfect for Valentines!
Notes from the Playwright
My first "significant" kiss was a complete disaster. I have sworn to never reveal who was on the receiving end, but I will share the location: it took place on a sectional sofa somewhere in Canada ... in the mid-1980's. It lasted approximately one-minute in length. And is best described as a klutzy, pre-pubescent fumbling around in the dark. I would like to report however, it was the first clichéd romantic moment of my life the earth did indeed move!!! Why???
During this rather unfortunate seismic experience, the various sections of the sofa drifted apart like continental plates causing myself, and the previously undisclosed kissee, to drop to the floor with a thud. In that split-second moment, which will be for me forever frozen in time, I felt very accomplished and debonair. I felt my life suddenly had possibilities. But then we hit the floor. In the impact, I managed to somehow bite not only my own tongue, but also the lower lip of my partner. That exquisite moment ended abruptly in a half-scream. The scream, together with the thud, prompted the father of the individual in question to burst into the basement and exclaim, "Why are the lights off???" What followed is mostly a blank for me. I recall only two things with any clarity. One: the father bore a decidedly unsettling resemblance to Tony Soprano. And two: in his distemper, Tony managed to string together what, to this day, has remained the most creative use of a series of expletives I have ever heard in my life.
But during that one-minute kiss, time stood still; we each burned approximately 26 calories; we were discovering what science already knew that our lips had far more nerve endings than our fingertips; and there, in the dark, in that Canadian basement, by some unseen chemical process, our teenage brains already possessed the highly-developed ability to help us find each other's lips in the dark. That kiss may have lacked finesse, or true romance, but it was profoundly intimate. And memorable. It's my hope that when you watch my play, and when you leave the theatre, you will recall, quite vividly, all of your life's memorable acts of osculation kissing. The good, the bad and the klutzy!
January 7, 2009
Robert Caisley's (Playwright) play The Lake (commissioned by RVC Studio Theatre, Rockford, IL) received its Equity World Premiere at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre (Directed by Richard M. Parison, Bernard Havard, Producing Artistic Director), and was subsequently produced at Mill Mountain Theatre (Jere Lee Hodgin, Producing Artistic Director) as part of the 2005 Norfolk Southern Festival of New Works. Kissing was developed through a series of readings and workshops at the Last Frontier Theatre Festival (Valdez, AK) Phoenix Theatre's Festival of New Works (Phoenix, AZ) and Theatre Artist Studio (Scottsdale, AZ). Other plays include: The 22-Day Adagio (Mill Mountain Theatre, 2004) Good Clean Fun (developed at the 2008 Great Plains Theatre Conference) Front (winner of the 1996 Fourth Freedom Forum Peace Play Award; developed at Sundance Writer's Lab) and numerous shorts, including Santa Fe, a finalist for the 2004 Heideman Award from Actor's Theatre of Louisville, originally produced by Stageworks/Hudson (Laura Margolis, Producing Artistic Director) as part of the 2005 Play By Play Festival, Hudson, NY. Robert's new play Push was commissioned by Penn State School of Theatre and premiered in February, 2008, and his short allegory Western Mentality will be published in the upcoming issue of Mizna, a journal of Arab-American literature.
Larry Buzzeo (Sam) is not only making his New Theatre debut, but also his first production in South Florida. He is an active member of the Actors Equity Association and has been performing for 20 years. For the past 8 years, he's been seen all over the West Coast of this fair state. Some of his favorite roles include Elyot in Private Lives, Jerry in The Full Monty, Frankenfurter in Rocky Horror and Max in Bent. Now a permanent resident of Ft Lauderdale, he is happy to be working close to home in the business he loves and looks forward to other local opportunities. Hint hint... Thanks for the first chance Ricky. You're a Cool Cat.
Barbara Sloan (Helen) is no stranger to New Theatre having performed in last season's A Nervous Smile. Other credits at New Theatre includes: Julius Caesar, Cymbeline, and in Mario Diament's The Book of Ruth, Blind Date and Lost Tango, Michael McKeever's A Town Like Irving, as well as Far East, Madame Melville, and as Vivian Bearing in Wit. She has performed in numerous productions across South Florida garnering five Carbonell Nominations. Three of those nominations were for her roles at New Theatre, as well as 2 New Theatre Awards for Wit and The Diaries. Other favorite plays include the one woman show 2.5 Minute Ride (Mosaic Theater), Strange Snow, The Real Thing, and Burn This (GableStage) and The Disputation (Coconut Grove Playhouse).
Jessa Thomas (Tess) is thrilled to return to New Theatre where she was last seen as Audrey in As You Like It. Jessa has been acting for many years including receiving her degree in Musical Theatre playing numerous collegiate roles (such as Eve in Children of Eden, the Woman in Masses Man, and Christine in Kissing Christine), was an Irene Ryan Award semi-finalist, and was a part of the cast of the 1st International American Drama Conference in Beijing, China. Jessa would like to thank the New Theatre Family for providing a place that cherishes the art in the individual and the art of the process. A special thanks to Kai and her family.
Kyle A. Thomas (Andrew) is very proud to be making his debut performance with New Theatre! Kyle is originally from Little Rock, AR and he holds a BA degree in Musical Theater from Ouachita University where he was the Presidential Scholar of the Theatre Department and director of the KCACTF Region VII nominee performance of Absence with Pictures. In addition to many collegiate roles and awards, Kyle has worked with the Stephen Foster Theater in KY performing in The Music Man and Stephen Foster the Musical. Kyle also worked as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Peking University and as Assistant Director/Acting Coach in the production of Ah, Wilderness! for the 1st Annual International American Drama Conference in Beijing. Kyle now teaches Theater and Stagecraft at Westminster Christian School. Kyle would like to thank Jessa for her love and support - Ich liebe dich mein Bär!
Clint Hooper (Production Stage Manager & Set Construction) is a proud member of Actor's Equity and excited to be taking part in KISSING as Production Stage Manager after serving as Stage Manager for The Rant and The Gates of Choice. Though audiences may remember Clint from his performances in this summer's production of As You Like It (Jaques/First Lord), and last season's production of A Nervous Smile (Brian), he is no stranger to the technical side of theatre. Clint has designed sound for several productions at New Theatre including Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue, Just a Kiss, and I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document... from Rwanda. As a Stage Manager, he has worked on several productions including numerous dance concerts for various local studios and choreographers including Gary Lund, Ron Headrick, Leslie Neal, Jane Carrington, Kofi Leo and Pat Penenori. Clint is also a Theatre Arts instructor at Southwest Miami High School.