Author – Guillermo Calderon; Director – Aslie Corcoran
Bana- Dalal Badr
Youssif – Greg Gale
Ahmed – Carlos Gonzalez-vio
Hadell – Naomi Wright
Interpreter – Liza BalkaN
Ameera’s sister – Bahareh Yaraghi
Described as a play within a play, Kiss is much more than that. Cultural confusion caused by assumptions based on very limited knowledge of another culture turns a comedy into a tragedy and a political statement.
This co-production with Theatre Smash & Arc was part of the Canadian Stage season and is a positive result from their move away from the safety of the old, white canon to plays that reflect the broader world we live in today. A Chilean born writer, who lives in the US, has written a play about a western cast misunderstanding a play supposedly written by a middle eastern woman. It points out the many preconceived ideas we all have and how hard it is to understand others.
Interesting play, well directed and acted.