GIRLS SHARE KISS, CHANGE FOREVER
REPORTER Jessica Warriner is exploring how one moment can change everything in her latest play at Melville Theatre.
Written by Diana Son and directed by Vanessa Jensen, Stop Kiss is a poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably.
After Sara (played by Warriner) meets Callie, the two unexpectedly fall in love and their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate.
“Sara’s a confident, high-achieving young woman who’s just landed a scholarship to teach in New York,” Warriner said.
“She moved on her own from the Midwest and is determined to make a mark on her new students in the Bronx.
“Her new environment is encouraging her to stand up for what she believes in, which ends up landing her in a world of trouble.
“In terms of challenges, the big ones will be making sure I do justice to the role of Sara and bringing her spark to life and also pulling off a bunch of very quick scene changes.”
Warriner studied drama at high school and went on to study improvisation at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York and acting at the Film and Television Institute in Perth.
The Southern Gazette reporter has also written for Blak Yak Theatre’s 24-hour project and performed with the Irish Theatre Players.
Last year, Warriner was named best supporting actress at the annual Milly Awards for her role in Honour at the Old Mill Theatre.
“Stop Kiss appealed because of the strong script and story by Diana Son, along with Vanessa Jensen taking the reins as director,” she said.
“The underlying themes of homophobia and discrimination are things I think need to be represented on stage to remind us all that, while the script is set in the late ’90s, the issues are still very much alive.”
Jensen said the unusual style of Stop Kiss appealed to her, particularly the nonchronological order of scenes.
“The play is beautifully written – at times funny, bittersweet and moving but always honest,” she said.
Stop Kiss plays 8pm September 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 with a 2pm matinee September 17. Book on 9330 4565 or at www.meltheco.org.au.
Stop Kiss at Melville Theatre features Kayti Murphy and Jessica Warriner.