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STAGE KISS: MARCH 3-4 & 10-11, 2017 | PAC Main Stage

By Sarah Ruhl - Directed by Jesse James Kamps - Produced by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. It is a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss – or when actors share a real one.

Director’s Note:

What a strange job to kiss strangers in front of people and make it look like you know each other. Or kiss someone you know in front of people and make it look like a stranger.

“He” & “She”, the principal characters in “Stage Kiss” are forced to face this challenge in a sometimes frightening way, along with many other questions and truths about themselves. Throughout the play, they are confronted with art imitating life, and though a series of often hasty decisions, bring about life imitating art - with potentially disastrous results.

In this love letter, not only to the theatre in general, but to the lives of those working in it, playwright Sarah Ruhl asks us to consider how important our work is to the richness of our lives. When one sets aside one’s artistic passions to attain other life goals, what are the consequences? How much will we sacrifice to regain our youthful passions? How much are we willing to ask others to sacrifice?

When our two former lovers meet again in a rehearsal hall, after many years apart, they are faced at once with those passions, both for each other and the art form that brought them together. Working together to create a work of art can be as intimate an experience as any. They know it, they fear it, and make the choice to indulge themselves and their passions. In doing so, they not only learn about themselves and each other, but how rich and valuable their imperfect lives really are.

~ Jesse James Kamps, Director

If you go:

When: March 3-4 and 10-11. 7:30 p.m. on March 3, 4 & 10.
​Matinee showings (2 p.m.) on March 4 & 11.

Where: Performing Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College
9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. Use Parking Lot B

Cost: Free with RSVP to

This production is entered as an Associate Entry in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.


Megan Lindsay She [BIO]

Megan Lindsay is ecstatic to be performing one of her dream roles, in a play written by Sarah Ruhl, one of her theater heroes. Megan’s recent credits include Nerissa in Merchant of Venice (Southwest Shakespeare Company), Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival), and Mrs. Shin in Good Person of Szechwan (SCC). Megan would like to thank her patiently devoted husband and four stage-struck daughters for inspiring her both on and off stage.

Cody Goulder He [BIO]

Cody Goulder is thrilled to be with this incredible cast and crew. Previous credits include: Macbeth, The Crucible, Twelfth Night, Poseidon's Regret, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Love's Labor's Lost, Fools, Mr. Burns: The Post-Electric Play, Tartuffe, King Lear, Stop Kiss, and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Later this year, Goulder will make his AZ playwriting debut with his one-act farce, Space Junk. Thank you to Jesse, Megan, and everyone in the Stage Kiss family. You're wonderful.

Shaphan David Seiders The Director [BIO]

Shaphan David Seiders (Director Adrian Schwalbach) is thrilled to be a part of his very first production at Scottsdale Community College. Having taken class from living legends Randy Messersmith and EE Moe, he is ready to be directed by his truly gifted Cleveland homeboy Jesse Kamps. Shaphan would like to say that this cast and crew is an absolute joy to work with. They make his dream a reality: Playing director of a play in a play within a play.

Zachariah Fallon Kevin / Butler / Doctor / Pimp [BIO]

Zachariah "Bill" Fallon is in his third year at SCC. He aspires to be a director, and is ecstatic to be working with such an amazing cast and director.

Gillian Bryant Laurie / Millicent [BIO]

Gillian is a student at SCC, working towards associate degrees in theatre and psychology. She will transfer over to ASU in Fall 2018 to complete her studies. Gillian has previously performed at SCC in the director's showcase and has appeared in a few student films. She is psyched (puns!) to be in this show and is extremely grateful for the theatre program and the friends she has found at SCC.

Mary Townsend Angela / Millie / Maid [BIO]

Mary Townsend is thrilled to be a part of SCC's spring production of Stage Kiss! She has previously appeared on SCC's stages in The Good Person of Szechwan, Eleemosynary, the WriterZBox, and the Directors' Showcase. Other valley credits include Peaseblossom/Snout with Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival, Anne Page with Southwest Shakespeare Company, and Helena/Hippolyta/Snug/Moth in Southwest Shakespeare Co's Educational Touring Show which is currently on tour until May. She would like to thank Jesse for this amazing opportunity, her cast and crew for all their hard work and love, and Andy for always being an incredible partner and support. Here's to us, to you, and to our love: the theatre.

Alex Oliver Husband / Harrison [BIO]

Alex Oliver is pleased to be performing in Stage Kiss at Scottsdale Community College. He has performed in multiple productions at Southwest Shakespeare Company such as Spellbound! and the Winterfest Repertory. He is also a founding company member of the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival and has been seen in Twelfth Night, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Romeo and Juliet. He would like to thank Jesse for the opportunity and his friends and family for their constant support.


Thomas Hartwell Piano [BIO]

Thomas Hartwell (Music Composer/Piano) is a current music and theatre student at Scottsdale Community College. He has been seen onstage in SCC’s productions of The Good Person of Szechwan (Wang) and Cabaret (Herr Schultz) and will feature in the upcoming production of Avenue Q as Rod. He has been involved heavily in the music and theatre departments for the last few years, and is excited to be providing his first musical score for Stage Kiss.

Tristan Lauzon Bass [BIO]

Tristan Lauzon (Bass) is a music performance major currently studying jazz at SCC. He has been heavily involved in the music department performing with everything from jazz combos to choirs. Tristan will also be accompanying SCC's production of Avenue Q this spring.

Douglas Burton Drums [BIO]

Doug Burton (Drums) currently studies Music Business at Mesa Community College with emphasis on Production. He received an Audio Engineering degree from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, along with multiple certifications. He runs an in-home production and recording company, where he spends most of his time producing beats and recording aspiring artists, as well as himself.


Randy Messersmith Producer / Fight Coordinator

Amanda Embry Design Mentor

Miguel Angel Lopez Technical Director

Jesse James Kamps Director [BIO]

Originally from Cleveland, Jesse has made his home in Phoenix for the last five years. Here in Phoenix, work with Southwest Shakespeare Company includes Iago in Othello, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tony Lumpkin in She Stoops to Conquer, Armin in Equivocation and Vanya in Uncle Vanya. Previous credits include work with Ensemble Theatre, Deaf West Theater, SignStage, and Borderlands Theatre. Jesse was a founding company member with The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, a member of Great Lakes Theater's acting company, is a Southwest Shakespeare Company Associate Artist and the founding Artistic Director of Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival. Special thanks to his fiancé, Emily.

Thomas Hartwell Composer

Erin Hurley Stage Manager

Christian Zimmerman Assistant Stage Manager

Gabby Ullman Assistant Technical Director

Carrie Greely Costume Designer

Sterling Raveling Rigger

Alexis Hamilton Set Designer

Matthew Brown Props Designer [BIO]

Matthew Brown can’t be happier to be a part of Stage Kiss. He has been a part of the technical theatre scene at SCC since 2014. He has been a lighting and media designer for Anon(imous) in 2014 as well as Props designer for Cabaret in 2015. He recently took a off year to focus on his personal career, during which he realized that theatre is his true life passion while working deck crew on Legally Blonde the musical and Big Fish the musical for MCC. He began training in technical theatre at mountain view high school and quickly discovered her enjoyed working sound However once he arrived at SCC he was forced to work outside his current toolbox and discovered a love for Lighting and Media design. Outside of theatre Matthew is an aspiring animator, filmmaker and whenever he has free time runs his own youtube channel. He is looking forward to his future in the industry with plans to one day be able to teach on the subject that he has such a passion for.

Bree Motyka Sound Design

Sabrina Reed Lighting Designer [BIO]

Sabrina Reed is a multi disciplinary artist from Phoenix, AZ who has found her home in Theatre. She has won KCACTF awards in set design for the past 2 years and is a graduate of the reputable Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre program where she designed the set for Reeling. Stage Kiss is her first venture into the realm of lighting design and she is pleased and honored to be a part of the team.


Special Thanks: Dr. Jan Gehler and the SCC Leadership Team, Ted Uran, Shawn Rost, Evfa Cerises, THP 201/203 classes, and welcome to our new PAC Facilities Coordinator – Leroy Timblin