The College at Brockport will present “Prelude to a Kiss” by Craig Lucas on Nov. 30-Dec. 8 in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theatre, 180 Holley St., Brockport.
On the surface, Lucas’ play is one more story of people inhabiting bodies that don’t belong to them; however, lurking below are serious undertones about commitments and what people do to honor them.
After Peter and Rita meet and enjoy a whirlwind courtship, a strange, uninvited old man asks to kiss the bride at the wedding reception. Their souls switch bodies, giving “for better or worse” a workout. It is at this point — and continuing through the rest of the play — that director Ruth Childs feels “a little bit of magic, a little bit of laughter and a little bit of misty-eyed poignancy” are captured.
Written at the height of the AIDS crisis, playwright Lucas saw beautiful, young, vibrant couples form amongst his social circle. He also would observe one of the partners turn into an old man overnight, with aches, pains, illnesses, and pills and medical “cocktails” — along with the accompanying side effects — that would bewilder and confound everyone involved. People in their 20s and 30s were facing realities, including death, that usually only concerned those in their 80s or 90s.
“The play is relevant to audience members of any age,” Childs said. “It’s about the fragility of love, the importance of kindness and the enduring nature of human connection.”
The show will run at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and Dec. 6-8. A 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 2 will include American Sign Language interpretation.
Tickets cost $17 for adults; $12 for seniors, alumni, faculty and staff; and $9 for students. Call (585) 395-2787 or visit bit.ly/2gT4BTp for information.