A book signing and art exhibition will accompany the opening of "Prelude to a Kiss" Friday at the Oakland Center for the Arts.
Craig Lucas' play is a romantic fantasy about a couple, Rita and Peter, who experience a supernatural event shortly after their wedding, and it forces them to re-examine what love is. Peter and Rita as well the audience, learn to look beyond outward beauty into the discovery of a person. In the end, the couple learns, as they cleave to their love, that it is both a fragile and a durable thing.
It enjoyed Off-Broadway and Broadway runs and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. It also was the basis for a 1992 film version starring Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan.
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Kate Starling, left, and Anthony Genovese star in the romantic fantasy “Prelude to a Kiss” at the Oakland Center for the Arts.
Liz Conrad directs a cast featuring Anthony Genovese, Kate Starling, Tom O'Donnell, Molly Galano, Terry Shears, Lynn Kirkwood, Zara Markman, Nic Tatalovic, Lindsay Clifton, Carlos Rivera and Larissa Woloszyn.
It will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through April 20 at the Oakland, 220 W. Boardman St., Youngstown. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for students and can be reserved by calling 330-746-0404.
On display in the Star Gallery during the run of the play will be "Before and Afterlives - Visual Interpretations." Fifteen area artists have created work inspired by "Before and Afterlives," a collection of stories by Youngstown author Christopher Barzak, that is being released this week by Lethe Press. Barzak is the author of the novels "The Love We Share Without Knowing" and "One for Sorrow," which is being adapted into the film "Jamie Marks Is Dead," starring Liv Tyler, Cameron Monaghan and Morgan Saylor.
Artists featured in the show include Tony Romandetti, Tony Nicholas, Marcie Applegate, Lynn Cardwell, Christine D' Angelo, Jeffrey Puccini, Fred Shepherd, Jess Leininger, Jo Ann Buzulencia, Crystal Beiersdorfer, Daniel Horne, Maryanne Caleris, Sharon Meenachan, Kelly Bancroft and Robert Joki.
An opening reception starts at 6 p.m. Friday, and copies of Barzak's book will be available for purchase.