Mind The Gap Theatre Presents PERFECTING THE KISS: A MOCKUMENTARY FOR THE STAGE
"Most people don't know what goes on in theatre at THIS level. I mean, can you imagine Bette Davis in an Equity Showcase?"
Mind The Gap Theatre in association with You Blinked Productions presents
PERFECTING THE KISS: A Mockumentary for the Stage
WRITTEN BY SCOTT C. SICKLES
DIRECTED BY PAULA D'ALESSANDRIS
In a co-production, Mind The Gap Theatre (NY) and You Blinked Productions (London) will present Scott C. Sickles' PERFECTING THE KISS:A MOCKUMENTARY FOR THE STAGE at the John DeSotelle Studio in Midtown Manhattan, April 18-22, 2017.
A "Noises Off" for Off-Off Broadway audiences, PERFECTING THE KISS tells the story of one stage manager's struggles to navigate the artistic and romantic tribulations of working on a very bad... bad play.
Helen, the Stage Manager (Helen McMillan) is enamored of the playwright, Harvest Carruthers (Hugo Trebels). Contrary to fact, Harvest insists he has "never written a gay play". He is drawn to the young, handsome actor Jonah "Buck" Jackson (Patrick Harman), who is as warm and kind as he is marginally talented.
Buck develops a growing admiration for the director, Edwina (Janette Johnston), who is really only doing this play to prove that Buck's co-star, the handsome yet enigmatic Mike (George Redner), is gay in real life so she doesn't have to take his rejection of her previous romantic overture personally.
Mike... Mike is a consummate artist who just wants to get this disaster over with.
Will anyone get what they want? Will the play they're doing ever stop sucking? Will the stage manager's gaping emotional wounds heal by reliving this horror?
Directed by MTG Artistic Director, Paula D'Alessandris Performances are Tuesday-Saturday, April 18-22, 2017. All performances are at 7:30pm and run time is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
The John DeSotelle Studio is located at 300 W. 43rd St on the 3rd floor. It is on the corner of 43rd and 8th and is steps away from the A, C, and E train.
About the Playwright: SCOTT C. SICKLES is an Asian-American, LGBT playwright and scriptwriter. He has received three Writers Guild of America Awards for the daytime drama "General Hospital," as well as four Emmy Award nominations for that series and "One Life to Live." His plays have been performed in New York City, his native Pittsburgh, across the United States, and internationally in Canada, Australia, the UK, Hungary, Singapore, and Lebanon.
Plays include Composure (Winner, 2016 New York innovative Theatre Award, Outstanding Original Full-Length Script), Shepherd's Bush (Winner, 2016 Dayton Playhouse FutureFest), Intellectuals (Smith & Kraus' New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2007), Moonlight & Love Songs (GayFestNYC 2013), Lightning From Heaven (1999 Beverly Hills Theater Guild/Julie Harris Playwriting Award), Demon Bitch Goddess, From the Top, Perfecting the Kiss. Published Short Plays: Beautiful Noises (S&K's 2009: Best 10-Minute Plays...), murmurs (Samuel French Festival Plays #21). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and registered on the New Play Exchange. www.ScottCSickles.com