Chadron State College
Chadron State College

'Stop Kiss' premieres

November 8, 2017

Smith and Adams
Courtney Smith, left, and Mia Adams rehearse a scene in the Chadron State College production of Stop Kiss by Diana Son. (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College)

CHADRON – The Chadron State College Theatre Department will present “Stop Kiss,” a play for mature audiences by Diana Son, at Memorial Hall’s Black Box Theatre Thursday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Nov. 19.

Evening performances on Nov. 16-18 for “Stop Kiss” begin at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday, Nov. 19, matinee begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are free for CSC students and employees and $5 for the general public. To reserve tickets, call CSC’s Box Office at 308-432-6207 or email

“Stop Kiss” won the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Award for Best New York Production, and Son, who has also worked on several television shows, earned the Berilla Kerr Award for playwriting. According to Son, “Stop Kiss” is a play about the civil rights of gays and lesbians in America and she describes the play as a love story.

The cast consists of Callie, played by Courtney Smith of Hampton, Neb., Sara, played by Mia Adams of Chadron, Detective Cole, played by Samuel Thomas Martin of Hot Springs, S.D., Mrs. Winsley, played by Mickenzie Loyd of Big Piney, Wyo., George, played by Nathan Wojciechowski of Gering, Neb., Peter, played by Trajan Garcia of Alliance, Neb., and Nurse, played by Shanie Hollenbeck of Estelline, S.D.

“Stop Kiss” is directed by Scott Cavin, Associate Professor of Theatre.

Leo Haselhorst of Randolph, Neb., is in charge of Lighting Design. According to Professor of Theatre Roger Mays, Haselhorst is designing the lighting using some of the new LED fixtures recently acquired by the CSC Theatre department.

“This is an excellent artistic project for an undergraduate student,” Mays said. “This is giving Leo a leadership role, as well as the chance to develop his craft in a real-world project through hands on experience.”

Production team students include Laurin Bronson of Hay Springs, Neb., Jennaya Hill of Gordon, Neb., Brittney Peters, Taylor Thies and Johanna Goff of Rapid City, S.D., Kaitlynn Hessler of Mitchell, Neb., Hannah Smith of Broken Bow, Neb., Alyssa Jensen of Whitewood, S.D., Casey Kukowski of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., Craig Phillips of Torrington, Wyo., Johnny Cross of Norfolk, Va., and Autumn Hartwig of Dalton, Neb.


—Alex Helmbrecht, Director of College Relations

Scott Cavin
Scott Cavin, associate professor of visual and performing arts, observes a rehearsal for the Chadron State College production of Stop Kiss by Diana Son. (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College)