Stop Kiss is the student directed show running through June 14 in the Gallery Theater at the Rio Grande Campus. Lindsay Scarbrough has most recently been involved as Assistant Director for ACC’s production of Antigone. This is the first play she’s directed at ACC.
Lindsay originally read Stop Kiss when she was 18. “I fell in love with the natural dialogue,” Lindsay said. She liked the fact that the language was accessible; it sounded like something she could say. And after presenting her proposal for Stop Kiss to the ACC Drama Department, she was approved to finally present the show.
Her first challenge was finding rehearsal space. “A major part of our rehearsals happened while the campus was closed in between semesters. We were at the Dougherty Arts Center for two weeks, we rehearsed at my apartment. We finally got into our venue (at ACC) the week the show opened.”
As rehearsals progressed in the various locations, the script’s timeline presented another challenge. “When I was reading the play, I thought it was so cool because it jumped back and forth in time. But then I realized, ‘oh yeah, I have to have different outfits and different sets.'” Stop Kiss requires a lot of quick costume changes and creative set shifts.
But through the challenges, Lindsay is excited to present something that deals with real issues. Beyond the topics of street harassment and women having the courage to speak up, Lindsay wants the audience to get caught up in the relationship that enfolds between the main characters Callie and Sara. “I’m hoping the first kiss leaves the audience with that awww feeling,” Lindsay said.
Stop Kiss shows at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $3 and all proceeds benefit the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 512-223-3245.