Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is proud to announce the two week run of the new play Or You Could Kiss Me. A fierce and tender meditation on love, memory and the power of the unspoken, Or You Could Kiss Me uses a bare stage, a company of six actors, a handful of props and puppetry to tell its story. Puppetry is a trademark of the Handspring Puppet Company (co-authors), and Or You Could Kiss Me emerges as an intimate history of two very private lives, lived in extraordinary times.
Set in the winter of 2036 in a shabby apartment in the South African seaside town of Port Elizabeth, two old men search for a way to say goodbye after a lifetime spent together. In the perfect summer of 1971, in a very different South Africa, their younger selves search for the courage to fall in love. And poised halfway between these two stories – one imagined, one remembered – their real-life counterparts bear witness to both the beginning and ending of an incredible journey.
Or You Could Kiss Me received its world première at London’s National Theatre venue in October 2010. Under approval from the author, Peppermint Creek Theatre’s production will be the first production of the play in the United States.
Peppermint Creek Guest Director, Scott Crandall, had this to say about why he was drawn to the show, “Or You Could Kiss Me is an ambitious and rich script, looking at themes of time, memory, love, oppression and more, all embroiled in the politically tangled backdrop of apartheid era South Africa and moving through present day and beyond. Despite the thematic complexity, it moves through the very personal story it tells with a surprising candor, and it's through this intimate story that the other themes live. I was really excited about the challenge involved in using humans and puppets to tell this very timely and truthful story”.
The production will take place at Peppermint Creek’s performance venue, the Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane, Lansing MI 48911. The show will run Thursday, January 22 – Sunday, Sunday January 25, and Thursday, January 29 – Sunday, February 1, 2015. Show times are Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets can be ordered online atwww.peppermintcreek.org, and are $15 general admission, and $10 for students/seniors 65+.
This production of Or You Could Kiss Me is the first in a three-year initiative titled “LAUNCHING PAD” where PCTC is welcoming a college student focused on the field of directing to helm a main stage production in their season. The show is being directed by PCTC’s Guest Director, Scott Crandall, a recent graduate of the University of Michigan’s theatre graduate program, and stars a cast of six local performers from the Greater Lansing area.
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Or You Could Kiss Me Peppermint Creek Theatre Company
ASSISTANTS - Jordan Climie, Brennan Hattaway, Keenan Kangas
MC - Lauren Ezzo
A - Jeff Boerger
B - Bill Henson