Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota stages Diana Son's drama 'Stop Kiss'

Acclaimed love story juxtaposes tenderness and brutality

February 14, 2013 

There's a thread of extreme violence that weaves its way through Diana Son's acclaimed drama "Stop Kiss," the next production from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training in Sarasota. But at its heart, "Stop Kiss" is a genteel and charming story about a nascent love affair.

It skips back and forth in time between two plot lines, one about two previously straight women who find themselves attracted to each other, and one about the aftermath of a brutal beating that leaves one of the women in a coma after they kiss in public.

Son's script explores some harsh issues but ends up being supremely life-affirming.

Matthew Arbour, who has impressive national credits, directs.

Details: Feb. 19-March 10 at the Cook Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon Sundays. Tickets: $29 evenings; $28 matinees. Half-price tickets for students who buy in advance. "Pay what you can" Tuesday, Feb. 19. Information: 941-351-8000 or

--Marty Clear

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