February 14-23, 2020

Advance Tickets: Adult $15 | Senior/Student $13
Day of Show: $3 additional

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By Craig Lucas

When Peter, a man from a broken family, meets Rita, an insomniac bartender with no faith in the future, only one thing can happen: they fall in love and get married. Then, on the evening of their nuptials, an elderly stranger appears at the reception, bearing a kiss for the new bride. In this magical story, it is a kiss that tests the boundaries of the couple’s love. (Romantic Comedy)

Directed by Bob Baird

Content Advisory: Contains some strong language and adult subject matter. Parental discretion is advised.

What the Critics Have to Say

“… a play that propels the audience through hairpin emotional turns, some soaring heavenward and others plummeting toward earth, until one is deposited at the final curtain in a winded and teary yet exhilarating state of disorientation … Prelude to a Kiss takes a familiar genre, romantic comedy, in directions that are idiosyncratic and challenging.The New York Times

“Like many a fairy tale, this isn’t a ‘what you see is what you get’ happy-ending story. Like the brothers Grimm, Lucas knows that what you see in such stories embodies the unseen darker fears that haunt us from childhood on—in this case the fear of aging and its accompanying losses and the ultimate fear of death … Lucas’ smartly written and solidly structured script holds up very well indeed … Prelude to a Kiss is Lucas at his lightest and brightest. A rare combination of laughter, romance and throat-tightening substance.” —CurtainUp.com


Renaissance Centre
405 S Brooks St
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Box Office: 919-435-9458
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Aaron Young

Blake Lee

Abby Jordan

Dr. Boyle
Chris Brown

Mrs. Boyle
Jean Jamison

Old Man
Larry Evans

Lydia Gillis
Lisa Merritt
Darthea Powden

Production Crew

Pam McClure, Assistant Director
Karen Herman, Stage Manager
Gayle Jordan, Costume Designer
Erin Irvin, Set Designer
Tori Shue, Light Designer
Tom Arman, Sound Designer