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EMU Play Opens in New Lee Eshleman Studio Theater

Stop Kiss theater production artwork (by Jon Styer)

Theater at EMU is staging “Stop Kiss” as its first play in the new Lee E. Eshleman Studio Theater in the University Commons.

Performances of “Stop Kiss,” by Diana Son, will be presented 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2; 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. The play runs approximately 90 minutes without intermission.

About the performers

Megan Hillary, director of “My Name Is Rachel Corrie” seen at EMU in 2009, and who has worked as a designer, choreographer and installation art builder in professional theater, is directing “Stop Kiss.” The play is described by Variety as “a poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably.”

Leah Ott, Harpers Ferry, W.Va., as Callie and Kayla Sasser of Maurertown, Va., as Sara head a seven-member EMU student cast.

Show and ticket info

This production contains language and subject matter intended for a mature audience. Each performance will be followed by a talkback discussion.

General admission tickets are $5 and are available through EMU’s theater office at 540-432-4674 or email: theater@emu.edu.

About the new theater space

The Lee E. Eshleman Studio Theater, part of the phase II University Commons capital improvement project, is named in memory of Lee Eshleman, a 1986 art graduate of EMU who died in 2007. Eshleman was a playwright-actor for 20 years, working with colleague Ted Swartz as the comedy duo Ted & Lee.

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