MUNCH — (MunichNOW Arts & Culture) — Local Munich theater company, Entity Theatre e.V. is presenting Stage Kiss. This play-within-a-play provides an energetic blend of romantic comedy and backstage farce, and with the audiece left wondering which play, if any, is real. Stage Kiss masterfully blends laugh-out-loud comedy with emotional honesty.
Why should you come see Stage Kiss? The show’s actors and directors have given us an inside look at the rehearsal process, favorite moments, and what makes Stage Kiss such a unique show.
MunichNOW: What has the rehearsal process been like so far?
Makrand Mujumdar: It’s been an amazing experience. A lot of laughter and serious work. Its rare that you have fun and get things done at the same time!
Daniel von Eichhorn: I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to go on stage together with so many talented individuals. And I get to play more characters in a single play than I ever have before!
Gwenn Schanze: I love the creative energy of bringing to life Em & Sophia’s vision…seeing the play’s multiple layers taking shape and becoming one for that fleeting moment on stage.
MN: Why should someone go see Stage Kiss?
Gwenn Schanze: Because…in the end, it’s all about this crazy thing called love. And what it means to be a bunch of actors acting as actors in a play about actors.
Loïs Schofield: People should come see Stage Kiss because it’s incredibly funny and it gives an insight into the chaotic world theatre people live in.
Claudia Wonhöfer: Because watching people kiss has never been so much fun!
MN: Could you talk about a favorite rehearsal moment?
Loïs Schofield: My favorite moment is Dan’s character (He) failing 5 times in a row to acknowledge my character’s existence in the melodrama.
Esther Gilvray: I have particularly enjoyed playing different characters and being thrown over furniture!
Dan Marsh: The rehearsal process has been GREAT. To be stretched as an actor in terms of singing and adopting different accents while veering from drama to comedy within a few lines has proved a hugely enjoyable challenge. And to watch the directing team regularly collapse in fits of uncontrollable giggles provided more encouragement than an actor could ever need.
The directors also talked about what makes Stage Kiss such a special play to them.
MN: What originally drew you to Stage Kiss?
Em Filer: I’ve worked on Sarah Ruhl plays before and I think she’s a genius. When we read the preview for this play on her website we thought it was hilarious and completely fell in love with it!
Sophia Gonzalez: Aside from it being hysterically funny, I really love the sweet moments in Stage Kiss. Sarah Ruhl is uniquely talented at blending humor and heart. The beauty of all of her plays, but especially Stage Kiss, is that there really is something for everyone!
About Sarah Ruhl
Sarah Ruhl is an American playwright. Sarah Ruhl was the recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award in 2016, has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice, and was nominated for a Tony Award. Her plays include For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday, The Oldest Boy, In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, The Clean House, Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Melancholy Play, Eurydice, Orlando, Late: A Cowboy Song, Dear Elizabeth and Stage Kiss.
Entity Theatre is an international, amateur English-language theatre group located in Munich. We have members aged 18 and upwards from all corners of the world, and we welcome people with diverse backgrounds to participate in our activities and performances. Although we are an amateur group, we take what we do seriously and we have a reputation for putting on fantastic shows with excellent reviews.
Starring Esther Gilvray as She/Ada and Dan Marsh as He/Johnny.
Directed by Sophia Gonzalez and Em Filer. Produced by Blair Gaulton.
There’s kissing, there’s singing, there’s knitting and furniture moving! But what else do we have? To find out more, come and watch the show!
Tickets are on sale now http://entitytheatre.com/prod…/current-production-eventbrite