Photo Flash: First Look at SU Drama's LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART
Playwright Terrence McNally excels at making wild and witty comedy out of very serious and thoughtful matters. In this 1991 off-Broadway triumph, two couples grapple with the mundane (burgers and kites) and the momentous (illness and infidelity) as they try (very hard) to celebrate the Fourth of July at a beach house. Lips Together, Teeth Apart includes a touch of Chekhov with the sly wickedness of McNally. Presented by the Department of Drama in Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts (SU Drama), Lips Together, Teeth Apart performs February 20 through March 1 in the Storch Theater at the Syracuse Stage/Drama Complex, 820 East Genesee Street. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
Playwright Terrence McNally is the recipient of an Emmy Award, four Drama Desk Awards, four Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. He is one of very few writers to receive all honors. McNally is known for Love! Valour! Compassion!, Ragtime and Master Class, among other plays, musicals, television and film scripts.
Lips Together, Teeth Apart premiered off-Broadway in 1991 in a Manhattan Theatre Club production at the New YorkCity Center Stage 1. The production then transferred to the Lucille Lortel Thearte in 1992. The play was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best off-Broadway Play. In the fall of 2014, Lips Together, Teeth Apart was revived at Second Stage Theatre.
The play's cast of four SU Drama students is led by director Gerardine Clark who says, "In many ways Lips Together, Teeth Apart is the most difficult play I've ever directed in the sense that by the end very little has happened but everything has changed." These subtle yet surprising changes for the characters are brought out during a weekend vacation in the beach house of one of the character's recently deceased brother, who passed away of the AIDS virus. Despite the subject matter, "the play ends on an unusually hopeful note," says Clark.
Tickets range $17-$19 and can be purchased at http://vpa.syr.edu/drama/tickets, by phone at 315-443-3275, or in person at the Box Office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Max Adoff (Sam), Natalie Oliver (Sally), and Carl Fisk (John)
Max Adoff (Sam) and Natalie Oliver (Sally)
Carl Fisk (John), Bryn Dolan (Chloe), Max Adoff (Sam), and Natalie Oliver (Sally)
Bryn Dolan (Chloe), Natalie Oliver (Sally), Max Adoff (Sam), and Carl Fisk (John)
Natalie Oliver (Sally) and Carl Fisk (John)