University Players to Open 'Prelude to a Kiss'

This season marks the 20th anniversary of The University of Scranton’s Royal Theatre. The University of Scranton Players will open this milestone season with "Prelude to a Kiss," Craig Lucas’ charming romantic comedy with a twist. The play follows Peter and Rita through their unconventional courting to their wedding day, when a mysterious Old Man kisses the bride and changes the course of the young couples’ new life together. As Peter searches for the truth about his bride, he likewise discovers new truths about the true nature of love.  

The cast features Cillian Byrne, Cristin Carroll, Latrel Citizen, Bob Eckweiler, Kelly Dillon and Catherine Fischer. Local cast members include Allie Bauer, Kiley Lotz, Jeremiah Mullen, James Pennington, Joe McGurl, Camille Reinecke and James Shygelski. We will also welcome Emeritus Professor John McInerney to the Royal Theatre in the role of the "Old Man."  

The production staff for "Prelude to a Kiss" includes Richard Larsen, rroducer/set designer/lighting designer; Janice Tellier, costume designer; Conway Rowe, sound designer; Samantha Dzirko, stage manager; and Mara Rolon and Brittany Collins as assistant stage managers. Bob E. Gasper, who previously directed "Speech and Debate" and "A Year with Frog and Toad," has returned to his hometown to direct this production and is assisted by Kerri Irace.

Performances are on Friday, Sept. 28, Saturday, Sept. 29, Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 7, beginning at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at The University of Scranton’s Royal Theater in the McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for sudents, faculty, staff and senior citizens. For more information, contact the box office at (570) 941-4318.

If you’re a former University of Scranton Player, be sure to join us on Saturday, Oct. 6, as Players past and present will join together to celebrate 20 years of the Royal Theatre. The event, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, will be a chance to reminisce and commemorate The University of Scranton’s excellence in theater. For ticket information for all the alumni events, contact Lynn Andres, assistant director of alumni relations, at (570) 941-4142.

Be there as "Prelude to a Kiss" pays homage to the past 20 years of the Royal Theater and kicks off our next 20! 


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