Jessica Hecht, Dominic Fumusa and More Star in STAGE KISS at Playwrights Horizons; Previews Begin Tonight

Playwrights Horizons presents the New York premiere production of STAGE KISS, a new play marking the eagerly-awaited return of two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl (Dead Man's Cell Phone at PH; The Clean House, In the Next Room...) to the theater company. Directed by Rebecca Taichman (Milk Like Sugar at PH; the current Marie Antoinette, Orlando, The Scene, Luck of the Irish), the production begins previews this evening, February 7 at 8PM with an Opening Night set for Sunday, March 2 at 7PM. The limited engagement will play through Sunday evening, March 23 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street).

STAGE KISS not only marks the return of both Ms. Ruhl and Ms. Taichman to Playwrights Horizons, but also reunites the collaborators for the first time since their collaboration on the New York premiere of Orlando in 2010.

The cast will feature Clea Alsip (L(y)RE), Michael Cyril Creighton (The Vietnamization of NJ, Blood Play, Writers Guild winner for "Jack in the Box"), SAG Award nominee Dominic Fumusa (Ms. Ruhl's Passion Play, Tape, Take Me Out, [sic], Kevin Peyton on "Nurse Jackie"), Emma Galvin (Lidless, Our Town, Blood Play), Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht (Lobster Alice and Plunge at PH,The Assembled Parties, A View from the Bridge, Harvey, The Last Night of Ballyhoo) and Patrick Kerr (The Ritz, Endgame, The Warrior Ant, Jeffrey, The Devils).

Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors (Ms. Hecht and Mr. Fumusa) with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. Sarah Ruhl's singular voice returns to Playwrights Horizons with STAGE KISS, a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a Stage Kiss - or when actors share a real one.

The production features scenic design by two-time Obie Award winner Neil Patel, costume design by Tony Award winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Jane Cox and sound design by Matt Hubbs. Production Stage Manager is Cole P. Bonenberger.

STAGE KISS had its World Premiere at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago in May 2011. Writing on that premiere, Steven Oxman ofVariety called it, "Wickedly clever, with breezily elegant dialogue and Ruhl's pleasingly loopy logic."

The performance schedule for STAGE KISS will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at2:30 PM & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM. Single tickets, $75-90, will go on sale to the general public starting Monday, January 6. As of that date, single tickets may be purchased online via, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily) and in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).

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Sarah Ruhl's (Playwright) plays include Stage Kiss (Goodman Theatre), In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Broadway, Lincoln Center Theater, Pulitzer Play finalist, premiered at Berkeley Rep, subsequently at Victory Gardens), The Clean House (Lincoln Center Theater, Pulitzer Prize Finalist 2005, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2004, premiered at Yale Repertory Theater, subsequently Goodman Theater); Passion Play, a cycle (Pen American Award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center, Helen Hayes Awards nomination for Best New Play, premiered at Arena Stage, subsequently Goodman Theater, Yale Rep and Epic Theater in New York); Dead Man's Cell Phone (Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf Theater, premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theater); Melancholy Play (premiered at the Piven Theater Workshop); Eurydice (premiered at Madison Repertory Theater, subsequently Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep, Second Stage, Victory Gardens); Orlando (premiered at Piven Theater Workshop, subsequently Classic Stage Company and Court Theater),Dear Elizabeth (Yale Rep), and Late: a cowboy song (Piven Theater Workshop). Her plays have been produced across the country as well as internationally, and have been translated into Polish, Russian, Spanish, Norwegian, Korean, German, French, Swedish and Arabic. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her M.F.A. from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award and the Whiting Writers' Award. She is a member of 13P and New Dramatists and won the MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. She was a recent recipient of the PEN Center Award for a mid-career playwright in 2010. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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