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GRCC Theater Department's 'Stop Kiss' looks at the sudden and gradual ways life can change

Nov. 10, 2021 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The GRCC Players look at love and at the sudden and gradual ways life can change in their production of Diane Son’s “Stop Kiss.”

The play will be performed at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 to 13 at Grand Rapids Community College’s Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. Tickets – $5 for GRCC students, $8 for faculty and staff, and $12 for the public – can be purchased online at grcctheater.ludus.com or by calling (616) 234-3946.

The college is following strict pandemic wellness protocols, with performers wearing clear face shields and audience members required to wear face coverings.

Caryn McNulty, an instructor in GRCC’s Theater Department, directs the play, which features students Iriana Cotto, Jaclyn Verhulst, Ryk Sacha, Camriss Brown and Isazic Cortez as well as Jonathan Wheeler.

“I hope the audience will get at least two things from the play,” McNulty said, “the first being that love is love and should be celebrated no matter what the gender of the humans. The second takeaway: the wonderful hard work and commitment these talented students put into telling this important story.”

The performance comes less than a month after Theater Department’s last production. “Tigers Be Still,” performed Oct. 14-16, was delayed more than a year because of the pandemic.  

“Stop Kiss” is Son’s first full-length play, and was performed Off-Broadway in 1998. She has worked in television since 2000, on programs including “The West Wing,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Southland,” and “Blue Bloods.”

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