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02/15/2013

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Sarasota News Leader February 15, 2013 Page 95 STOP KISS TO BE NEXT ASOLO CONSERVATORY PRODUCTION The Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training program will present Stop Kiss by Diana Son from Feb. 19 through March 10 in the Cook Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, the company has announced. In Stop Kiss, two young women in New York spend a quiet evening together talking about their boyfriends and life, a news release points out. ���In the process, as they sense a growing, unspoken attraction for each other, an innocent kiss results in a savage gay-bashing, resulting in a complex story about hatred, love and the difficulties of living life fully,��� the release adds. ceptance,��� says Greg Leaming, director of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, in the release. ���It shows both the brutal and nurturing side of humanity without a trace of sentimentality.��� The production will be directed by Matthew Arbour, who adds in the release, ���One of my favorite things about this play is how it insists that we strive for an authentic life, a life true to ourselves ��� and how, for all the risks and pitfalls we encounter doing that, it is by accepting, embracing and taking responsibility for who and what and how we love, that makes sure love wins in the end. It���s such a moving and often funny journey, and the roles couldn���t be better suited for the talents of the Asolo Conservatory class.��� ���This is an extraordinarily tender and moving play about love, loss, ignorance and ac- Productions of Stop Kiss will be offered Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $29 for evening shows and $28 for matinees. Students receive 50 percent off the price with advance ticket purchases. Tickets may be bought in advance at the Asolo Rep���s box office at the FSU Center for Performing Arts; or by calling 351-8000. On Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m., audience members are invited to attend a production of Stop Kiss and pay what they can afford for their tickets. These special tickets are available only on the day of performance, the release notes. % (From left) Lucy Lavely, Jefferson McDonald, Tori Grace Hines and Cale Haupert in FSU/Asolo Conservatory���s production of Stop Kiss. Photo by Frank Atura.

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