NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed play “Stop Kiss” by Diana Son in both streaming and in-person performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in Regents Suite A of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus.
Sulphur Springs senior Kaitlyn McDearmont directs “Stop Kiss,” which is a play that follows two women who live in New York. Sara, a young teacher who just moved to New York, meets Callie, a born-and-raised New Yorker, when Callie agrees to watch Sara’s cat. The show follows the two women's self-identity journey and how their new-found relationship causes them to be victims of a hate crime. The play is recommended for mature audiences.
The cast includes San Antonio senior Emily Harrison as Callie; Tyler junior Maddie Grace Beam as Sara; League City sophomore Christian Peveto as George; Buffalo senior Zach White as Peter/Detective Cole; and Houston junior Alexis Hargy as Nurse/Mrs. Winsley.
Aubrie Smith, Colleyville junior, serves as stage manager, and Cynthia Tovar, Southeast Houston junior, is assistant stage manager. Mars Molen, Denton freshman, is production assistant, and Johana Lenington, Houston senior, is assistant director. Scenic designer is Koi Johnson, Waco junior; props master is Madison Anderson, Brownsboro junior; costume designer is Kaitlyn Hall, Melissa senior; assistant costume designer is Caitlin McIntyre, Baytown junior; lighting designer is Carson Cook, McKinney senior; and sound designer is Myah Mallory, Victoria senior.
A theatre major, McDearmont has been involved with many productions at SFA. Among her favorite positions have been director for “The Bald Soprano,” props master for “Dancing at Lughnasa,” and assistant director for “The Wolves.” She said she is excited to be finishing her four years at SFA by “directing such an impactful and important show.”
Faculty advisor for “Stop Kiss” is Jackie Rosenfeld.
Tickets are $6. Seating is limited, and face coverings are required. Social distancing protocols will be observed. To purchase tickets or virtual access, visit the SFA Fine Arts Box Office online at boxoffice.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407.