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Chrissy Burns Will Direct Stop Kiss

Stop Kiss 
Monday, 9/29 at 8:00 PM

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As part of our Open Mondays Series, Diversionary will present a reading of Diana Son’s play, Stop Kiss. This series is a playground for artists and an open house for audiences to come and see some of their favorite actors and singers perform without a net. All Open Mondays events are free and open to the public with general admission on a first-come, first served basis.

In Stop Kiss, two young women in New York meet. Callie is holding down a job as a radio traffic reporter when she meets Sara, a Midwesterner who, against her parents’ wishes, has moved to the city to teach third-grade students in the Bronx. Both have boyfriends, but as they get to know each other, their shared experiences and sense of humor create a strong bond. They feel a growing, unspoken attraction for each other and finally kiss. And that one innocent kiss sets off a savage gay-bashing. The tragic consequences of the kiss at the center of this powerful drama serve as both an indictment of hatred and a moving study of the perils inherent in living life fully.

Chrissy Burns  (you may remember her from the first Mainstage show of our 2014 Season, Boys and Girls)  sat down with Diversionary to discuss the play, which will be staged on September 29th at 8:00 PM.


What is the story of Stop kiss?
Stop Kiss is about two people falling in love and the unexpected impact it can have on both of their lives. 
Who is this story for?
Anyone who has ever fallen in love. Anyone who has ever experienced a hate crime. Anyone who knows someone who has ever fallen in love or experienced a hate crime. So…everyone.
Why is Stop Kiss important?
Stop Kiss is important because in this story, love wins. Even in today’s society which is much more accepting of the LGBT community, hate is still present. Tragic things happen every day. The message that love will triumph over hate needs to be heard. Stop Kiss is also import because of the way Callie & Sara fall in love with each other. It is not a big revelatory “I’m gay” coming out story. They fall in love slowly piece by piece, by complete accident. Sometimes there is no parade. No sit down with the parents. Sometimes love just finds its way into our hearts regardless of sexual orientation and free from labels.  
Something we don’t know about you from your resume or bio:
I fell in love in much the same way as Callie and Sara. I wasn’t looking for it. I wasn’t expecting it. But it hit me hard. I have now been with my girlfriend Jessica for four years. After living my life with one foot in and one foot out of the closet for many years, I couldn’t hold it in any longer (and I certainly couldn’t hide it anymore. The ear to ear grin on my face at the mere mention of her, was sure to give me away). So, I finally came out to my family and friends and was greeted with love and acceptance. 
Also I really love chocolate. 
What has surprised you most about working on this show?
Just how much this story needs to be told. It still resonates today. Spread the word, love can win. Even if it’s hard.
What got you involved in theater?
My mother. She put me in a production of King and I when I was a toddler and I have not looked back since. She always says that I could sing before I could talk and then once I got talking I never shut up. “Put that girl on stage!” Thanks mom!
Where do i see myself in 10 years?
Living a life I love. Married to the woman I love. Doing what I love. Working every day to be just a little bit better and to make life a little better for someone else in the process.
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