PRELUDE TO A KISS
The perfect romantic comedy for Valentine’s season at the FAC
On the heels of the record-breaking holiday comedy, A Christmas Story, the Fine Arts Center’s Theatre Company continues its 25thAnniversary Season with two Pulitzer Prize Finalists in the New Year. In December, A Christmas Story became the most-attended production in the FAC’s Theatre Company history, topping 7,300 tickets issued for the four-week run.
The Theatre Company opens 2013 with productions of two critically-acclaimed plays.
· Prelude to a Kiss (Jan. 31 – Feb. 17), the perfect romantic comedy for the Valentine’s season, was lauded as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1990 and was a Tony Award nominee for Best Play.
· Other Desert Cities (March 14-31), will make its Colorado premiere at the Fine Arts Center’s SaGāJi Theatre. In 2012, Other Desert Cities earned five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist as well.
Prelude to a Kiss, written by Craig Lucas, is a charming and bewitching romantic fantasy – a “Freaky Friday” for the 21st century –that explores the enduring power of love and the nature of commitment.
“It’s got something for everyone,” said director Garrett Ayers. “This piece speaks to human beings in every generation, whether you are a pair of young lovers, a couple in middle age, or a grandparent/great-grandparent. Everyone loves a great love story. Especially an honest, unsentimental one. And this play has it in spades.”
Ayers, who lives in Boulder, is making his Colorado directorial debut. He has worked for over a decade as a professional actor and director with some of the world’s foremost theatre companies. He trained at The Workcenter Pontedera, Italy; founded the Harlem Theater Project; participated in the 2009 Lincoln Center Theater ‘Directors Lab’ and collaborated with members of such award-winning companies as: SITI, Tectonic Theater Project and Roy Hart Theatre. Most recently, he was the Charles Evans Fellow at the Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J.
The play follows Peter and Rita, two young, happy lovers who are getting married. On their wedding day, after their nuptial kiss, an old man comes up to kiss the bride. During this kiss, their souls exchange, and the young, beautiful woman Peter just married now houses the soul of a dying, old man.
Kyle Dean Steffen (Peter), who played Curley in the FAC’s 2012 production, Of Mice and Men, has also been seen in roles at Theatre Aspen, Creede Repertory Theatre and the Arvada Center. Cynthia Pohlson (Rita) is making her FAC debut after performing in a number of productions at the University of Iowa. Sol Chavez (Old Man) last appeared in the FAC’s production of Gypsy and Of Mice and Men.
The ensemble also includes Adam Blancas (Taylor), Jane Fromme (Mrs. Boyle), David Hastings (Dr. Boyle), Hossein Forouzandeh(Tom/Jamaican Waiter), Kathy Paradise (Aunt Dorothy), John Butz (Uncle Fred), Miriam Roth Ballard (Leah), Jonathan Eberhardt(Minister/Ensemble).
The creative team includes Maya Linke (Scenic Design), Holly Anne Rawls (Lighting Design), and Janson Fangio (Costume Design).
Prelude to a Kiss is sponsored by El Pomar Foundation, KLITE 106.3, KKTV, Colorado Springs Independent, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, H. Chase Stone Trust, Mike and Gennie Mayberry, The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel (Official Hotel of the FAC Theatre Company),and the members of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
Tickets and Show times FAC Member Non-Members
Thursday Preview, 7:30p (Jan. 31) $18 $20
Thursday, 7:30p (Feb. 7, 14) $27 $30
Friday / Saturday, 7:30p; Sunday, 2p $33 $37
Saturday matinee, 2p $29 $32
Student Tickets (any night) $15 $15
Enjoy a gourmet meal at Café 36 prior to the show. The award-winning staff will prepare a prix fixe chef’s menu that will match the theme of the production. Reservations are recommended and can be made at 719.477.4377. Visit the FAC website for the latest menu options.
More information concerning tickets sales for individuals or groups, and the Curtain Call Society can be found at csfineartscenter.org or by calling the FAC Box Office at 719.634.5583.