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PRIDE MONTH – Theater and Pride Center Join to Promote Stop Kiss Play

(L) Pride Center Students hold rainbow. (R) Students perform Stop Kiss

May 26, 2022 - 03:57 PM

Stop Kiss poster - information included in the text of storyThe Theater Department and the Pride Center are collaborating to create student outreach opportunities for Pride Month, which is held in June. The Theater Department will be performing Stop Kiss, a play that highlights many issues around the LGBTQ+ community. The Pride Center will be helping the Theater Department use Stop Kiss as a platform to discuss its themes, as well as other LGBTQ+ issues. 

Christine Cummings“When I chose Stop Kiss for the Theater Department, I was excited to find an opportunity to encourage campus-wide discussion about and awareness of important topics explored in the story, as well as the experiences of many of our LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty,” said Theater Professor Christine Cummings, who directs the play. 

Student actors rehearse Stop KissThe play opens Thursday, June 2 with performances on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th at 7:30 p.m., and a matinée performance on June 5 at 1:30 p.m. 

Pride Center students work on sign

The Pride Center (with the help of Studio 13 student artists) is creating a “Pathway of Education and Celebration” from the Pride Center, located on the bottom floor of Bldg. 26A, to the Studio Theater in Bldg. 2T. The signs being created will have images and information on LGBTQ+ issues. Along the pathway, there will be a “Stop Kiss Discrimination” photo opportunity. 

Theater & Pride Center “Pathway of Education & Celebration”
May 31 to June 3, 2022
Location: path between Pride Center and Theater Dept.


Christine Cummings directs students in Stop KissStop Kiss was written by Korean American playwright, Diana Son. It is the story of Sara and Callie, who are assaulted on the street following their first kiss. The play explores themes, including violence and prejudice, against the LGBTQ+ community. 

Visit  for tickets and the Theater Arts website  or the Pride Center website for more information about those programs.