A Chicago Premiere
By Guillermo Calderòn
Directed by Monty Cole
Associate Directed by Abhi Shrestha
Two couples meet for their weekly soap opera viewing party, but that standing double date quickly starts to feel like a soap opera itself when the friends unpack scandals, secrets and their heart-rending passions. Guillermo Calderón has written a bold and political theatrical experience that explodes the romantic drama and asks what it means to empathize with a culture and conflict that is not your own.
European premiere at Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus (Spring 2014). North American premiere at Woolly Mammoth (2016) and subsequent production at Canadian Stage Company (2017).
"[KISS] is a play that folds in upon itself, questions its own realities and ultimately asks what right we have to dramatize the realities of others...funny and tragic, hyperbolic and completely natural, dizzying and sometimes distant...You will likely be unsettled by KISS but its disturbances are internal, not external. Brace your mind and open your heart." - The Hartford Courant