Stop Kiss’ love and tragedy

Whale Song Theatre’s sec­ond pro­duc­tion deals with in­tol­er­ance.

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Stop Kiss Sat Sep 9, 1pm & 7:10pm The Wait­ing Room, 6040 Al­mon Street $7/$10

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Kiss is Whale Song Theatre’s sec­ond show, af­ter a suc­cess­ful sold-out run of Heathers: The Mu­si­cal last Fe­bru­ary. “I brought the script to Laura [Thorn­ton], the artis­tic pro­ducer of Whale Song Theatre,” says Emily Jewer, who plays Sara in Stop Kiss. “I read the script years ago and loved it.”

The story fol­lows Cal­lie and Sara, two women who are sur­prised to find them­selves fall­ing in love with one an­other. “Nei­ther of them have been with a woman be­fore and sud­denly this per­son comes into their lives,” says Jewer. “Un­for­tu­nately, on their first date, af­ter their first kiss, they get at­tacked by a man who beats Sara into a coma.”

Al­though Stop Kiss pre­miered off-Broad­way in 1998, its themes still hold rel­e­vance today. “I think it has an im­por­tant mes­sage,” says Jewer. “A lot of peo­ple like to say we are past the gay-bash­ing era, but we’re not. It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that. It’s also an im­por­tant mes­sage for women, be­cause it’s not just the fact that these two women were kiss­ing, but the fact that they said no to him. And that is an is­sue that women deal with on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.”

VIA WHALE SONG THEATRE YOUTUBE

The off-Broad­way show Stop Kiss comes to Hal­i­fax.

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