by Sarah Ruhl
June 8th to 25th, 2016
In this quirky new comedy by MacArthur "Genius" Award-winner Sarah Ruhl, art imitates life-or is it the other way around? When ex-lovers HE and SHE are thrown together as romantic leads in an outrageously dreadful melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage begins to follow them offstage. Stage Kiss is a hilarious, off-beat fairy-tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss-or when actors share a real one...Buy Tickets! Subscribers' Booking Request for STAGE KISS
Thursday, June 2 @ 7:30 PM- Pay What You Can
Friday, June 3, 2016 @ 8:00 PM- Preview
Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 8:00 PM- Preview
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 @ 7:30 PM- Opening Night
Thursday, June 9, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, June 10, 2016 @ 8:00 PM- 50% Off Beer & Wine
Saturday, June 11, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 12, 2016 @ 2:30 PM
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 8:00 PM- 50% Off Beer & Wine
Saturday, June 18, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 19, 2016 @ 2:30 PM
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 23, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, June 24, 2016 @ 8:00 PM- 50% Off Beer & Wine
Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
|He||Robert Lee Simmons*|
|Adrian Schwalbach||Dennis Delamar|
|The Husband||Mark Sutch*|
|Director||Ann Marie Costa|
|Asst. Director/Dramaturg||Matthew Schlerf|
|Stage Manager/props||Carrie Cranford|
|Set Design||Dee Blackburn|
|Dialect Coach||Tommy Foster|
|Costume Design||Carrie Cranford|
|Lighting Design||Hallie Gray|
Meet The Cast
Lisa Hugo* (She) Having just moved to the Charlotte area Lisa Is thrilled to make her ATC debut with such a talented and generous cast. Lisa was last seen onstage in MARY POPPINS (Mrs. Banks). Other favorites include HAIR (Sheila Franklin) at the Zachary Scott Theatre, CLOSER THAN EVER at The Gorilla Theatre, SANDBOX/THE FIRST TIME (Maggie) at 59E59, HERO (Elizabeth) at The Barrow Group Theatre, HELLO DOLLY (Ermengarde) on Tour, UNLUCKY MAN (Lucy) NY Fringe Festival, SOUND OF MUSIC (Leisl, u/s Maria) at Westchester Broadway Theatre, GUYS & DOLLS (Miss Adelaide), NUNSENSE 1&2 (Sister Mary Leo), as well as several workshops and new works in NYC. Lisa is so grateful for this opportunity and would like to thank everyone for such a warm welcome into this community.
Robert Lee Simmons (HE) was previously seen in BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK, THE DIVINE SISTER, CLYBOURNE PARK, THE PILLOWMAN (Ariel) and THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE, and nuVoices. Robert also appeared in the world premier of OMNIUM-GATHERUM, in the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Other ATL roles include: TREPIDATION NATION, DRACULA, MAD FOREST. He was an Artistic Associate and Technical Director at CAST and performed in the regional premieres of DARK PLAY OR STORIES FOR BOYS, KILLER JOE and BEHANDING IN SPOKANE. CAST credits also include KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, OUR LADY OF 121 STREET and ITALIAN AMERICAN RECONCILIATION. Robert works as a voice actor with AT&T UVERSE, NASCAR, VOLVO, LOWES FOODS, FREIGHTLINER TRUCKS, BANK OF AMERICA and FRUIT OF THE LOOM. He is a graduate of the Pre-Professional Drama program at University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Acting Apprentice Program at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Dennis Delamar (Adrian Schwalbach) was in BATBOY: THE MUSICAL in 2004, ATC’s first production at 650 E. Stonewall St. Honored to be the bookend actor, he now appears in STAGE KISS, their final production before the move to Louise Ave. Most recently he appeared in 2016 nuVoices Festival winner THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE and VANYA, SONIA, MASHA and SPIKE (Vanya). A retired NC public school teacher and a veteran actor and director of 14 ATC production since 1997, Dennis has been named MTA’S Best Director for ATC’s productions of CLYBOURNE PARK, THE PILLOWMAN, THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL, and I AM MY OWN WIFE. He is also a recipient of Creative Loafing’s Director, Actor, and Theatre Person of the Year and Charlotte Magazine’s Director of the Year. Acting work includes MIRACLE ON 34th STREET, SCROOGE: THE MUSICAL, DAMN YANKEES, SYLVIA, MY FAIR LADY, VIOLET for Theatre Raleigh’s Hot Summer Nights, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT National Tour, and TURN AMC’s TV mini-series.
Chip Decker (Kevin) was born and raised in the Green Mountains of Vermont and has lived in Texas, North Dakora and North Carolina. Chip joined ATC in 1996 and became Artistic Director in 2002. In addition to acting in our productions of DARK RAPTURE, STUMPS, ZARA SPOOK & OTHER LURES, BUG, THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE’S “ABRIDGED” plays and RABBIT HOLE, Chip recieved MTA’s Best Supprting Actor award for his portrayal of Michael in ATC’s multi-award winning drama, THE PILLOWMAN. Also, he received Creative Loafing’s Best Director (Comedy) Award for our production of WONDER OF THE WORLD, as well as sharing Theatre Person of the Year honors. He has directed numerous ATC producions, most recently, ROCK OF AGES. Chip would like to thank his favorite scene partner, his wife, Taffy, and you for attending today’s performance of
Mark Sutch (Husband) is pleased to return to ATC, where he previously directed NATURAL SELECTION and performed in the 2013 nuVoices Festival. A native of Iowa, he received a B.A. in Theatre from Iowa State University and an M.F.A. in Directing from the Trinity Rep Conservatory. From 2000-2005, he served as Artistic Associate at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, where he appeared in several plays and directed productions of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, MACBETH, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, & SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER. Since 2006, Mark has been a Theatre faculty member at Davidson College, where he directs frequently and teaches courses in acting, directing, and voice/movement. He is also a company member with Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre Company, for whom he’s directed HAIR, AS YOU LIKE IT, and the world premiere of Kelly Doyle’s BLUE. Mark is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Emily Ramirez (Millicent/Laurie) grew up in Katy, TX. She was a professional ballerina for over a decade, performing with Houston Ballet, BalletMet and Charlotte Ballet. She has also been a principal guest artist with several other dance companies and festivals around the world. She is currently a ballet instructor, choreographer, voice over artist, freelance writer, and loving wife to her husband Chase and their two dogs. Local theatre credits include ATC’s ROCK OF AGES (Ensemble 1/Dance captain), ATC NuVoices festival’s BEAUTIFUL DAY (Jenny Leonard), Piedmont Players Theatre’s ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL (Morticia Addams) and CABARET (Sally Bowles), and Three Bone Theatre’s MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD.
Katy Shepherd (Maid/Angela) is thrilled to be back at ATC after having the most fun she's ever had on stage as Regina in ROCK OF AGES! Her favorite roles include FLOYD COLLINS (Nellie Collins), JANE EYRE THE MUSICAL (Jane Eyre), LILLY'S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE (Lilly), THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (Toad), and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Mary Magdalene). Katy is happy to call Charlotte home after performing at various regional theatres in WV, IN, OH, MI, GA, TX, and IA. In addition to acting, she also teaches music and theatre for Kindergarten-12th grade. She would like to thank Chip and the rest of the ATC gang for supporting her through this show (seriously, THANK YOU!) and her amazing husband for his love and encouragement.
Meet The Production Team
Ann Marie Costa (Director) is beyond honored to be part of ATc’s final show at 650 E. Stonewall Street. She has directed over a dozen productions with ACT including two amazing Sarah Ruhl plays’—DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE & IN THE NEXT ROOM. Beyond ATC she had directed at the Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Blowing Rock Stage Company, Festival Stage of Winston Salem and Victory Gardens (Chicago) to name a few. She teaches in the Theatre Department at Davidson College. Ann Marie dedicates this show to the CCT team that has worked tirelessly year after year with 14+ hour days, often seven days a week. I toast you. Your team and everyone that has worked or volunteered at ATC has made magic in this space. Here’s to a bright and exciting future at 923 Louise Avenue!
Matthew Schlerf (Assistant Director/Dramaturg) recently graduated from Davidson College where he studied theatre with the incredible Ann Marie Costa and Mark Sutch. In addition to acting and leading Davidson’s improv comedy troupe OOPS!, Matthew directed EURYDICE and Caryl Churchill’s adaptation of A DREAM PLAY. He also spent a year working as dramaturg and assistant director for Ann Marie Costa’s production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. In 2015, Matthew studied at the La MaMa Umbria International Symposium for Directors in Spoleto, Italy. At the end of June, he will perform in WE ARE NOT THESE HANDS (Leather) at Studio 1212 in Charlotte, before moving to London in the fall to pursue a master’s degree in ensemble theatre at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance.
Dee Blackburn (Scenic Designer) has a MFA in Scene Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a registered Architect in the state of NC. She is also a member of the Scene Designers Union 829. Ms. Blackburn is very excited to be working with ATC on STAGE KISS. She has designed several shows with ATC including FLY BY NIGHT, PATRON SAINT OF LOSING SLEEP, ROCK OF AGES, THE WHIPPING MAN, NARROW DAYLIGHT, COUGAR; THE MUSICAL, RIVER CITY and THE EXIT INTERVIEW. Some of her local scenic designs include ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE’S “WE’RE IN A PLAY”, CHICAGO, MIRACLE OF 34TH STREET, AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY, AVENUE Q, and ELEMENO PEA.Upcoming projects include SINGING IN THE RAIN AND THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM. Dee has also worked on various TV shows and movies including the remake of DIRTY DANCING, SLEEPY HOLLOW, HOMELAND, and WE’RE THE MILLERS. She has won several MTA awards in Set Design and Architectural Work.
Hallie Gray (Lighting Designer) Hallie has been designing lights for Actor’s Theatre for 15 years. Her lighting designs will also have been seen in Charlotte and the surrounding area for the past 20 years at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, North Carolina Stage Company, Kinetic Works Dance Ensemble, Theatre Charlotte, Epic Arts Repertory Theatre, Stage One, Carolina Voices, Bare Bones Theatre Group, Charlotte Repertory Theatre and Opera Carolina. She has been the recipient of lighting design awards from the Metrolina Theatre Association and from Creative Loafing. When not designing lights, Hallie also works as the Assistant Master Electrician for Opera Carolina and the Charlotte stagehands union IATSE Local 322. She attended UNC Chapel Hill, where she received her BA in Drama and Psychology in 1995.