STOP KISS by Diana Son. Arcadia University. 2017

“Sara and Callie are walking through New York City's West Village very late at night, when they share their first kiss. This leads to a vicious attack by an angry bystander, in which Sara is horribly injured. She falls into a coma, which becomes one of the major subjects of the play. George, Callie's good friend, tries to help with the situation, but there is little he can do. Peter, Sara's ex-boyfriend from St. Louis, comes to help nurse her back to health. Throughout Stop Kiss, relationships are explored, formed, and even ended.”


In creating the sound for Stop Kiss, it was important that we helped the audience understand where and when each scene took place. Stop Kiss is structured as a non-linear play, switching between 2 distinct timelines. We also felt it was very important that the soundtrack of the production featured queer artists.

As we moved backward in time throughout the show, the sounds would also be played in reverse. This includes soundscapes, single sounds, and music. This gave us the ability to create really interesting sonic textures while also informing the audience that we were shifting within the timeline.


Since the set was a unit set and did not have the ability to represent the various locations we had to portray, sound was used to help fully realize these places for the audience. 

Photos by Matthew Wright.

Photos by Matthew Wright.


Stop Kiss. Arcadia University. 2017
Direction: Dan D’Albis
Scenic Design: Bianca Canosa, Kris Karcher
Lighting Design: Joshua Schulman
Costume Design: Alisa Sickora-Kleckner
Sound Design: Damien Figueras