We are pleased to announce the publication of Stage Kiss, the sixth title from acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl to be published by TCG. The play originally premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 2011, with a subsequent production at Playwrights Horizons in New York in the spring of 2014.
“A gift and a rarity: a superb new romantic comedy that’s moving, smart and flat-out hilarious…You will have difficulty breathing. Stage Kiss is that funny.”
—Jesse Green, New York
When estranged lovers are thrown together as romantic leads in a long-forgotten 1930s melodrama, the line between offstage and onstage begins to blur. Here, Sarah Ruhl, one of America’s most widely produced playwrights, brings her unique mix of lyricism, sparkling humor and fierce intelligence to the world of romantic comedy. Stage Kiss asks us to consider what is real, both in love and in art.
“A lively blend of romantic comedy and backstage farce… Stage Kiss reminds us of how the artifice of theater can stir real emotions not just for those who create it, but for those who attend it, too.”
—Charles Isherwood, New York Times
Sarah Ruhl’s plays include the Pulitzer Prize finalists In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) (Tony Award nominee, Best Play) and The Clean House (Susan Smith Blackburn Award), as well as Passion Play, a cycle; Dead Man’s Cell Phone; Dear Elizabeth; Eurydice; Melancholy Play and Late: a cowboy song. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a PEN/Laura Pels Award and a MacArthur Fellowship.