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Kiss of the Spider Woman

Performance Dates:
September 28-30,2007
October 4-7, 2007



What the Critics Said

The reviews are in and they are stellar....

"It's always a great experience when you see musical theater performed with excellence. When that success is accomplished using extremely difficult material, it's even more rewarding. When the producing company consists of a large cast of talented non-professional artists, it becomes a memorable event. This is, overall, a superior production that sets a benchmark for non-professional theater for the rest of the season. " Bob Goepfert, The Record. 

"Stellar performances in a strong production of a good musical. Hahn's voice astounds throughout...and you will never see a more thoroughly realized character than Bill Harrison's Molina. Harrison clearly has the vocal chops, but it's the emotional arc of his performance, the purposeful gestures, and the shaded line readings that are so memorable. Such humor, and such pathos!  This show does not often come around. You should see it now."   Paul Lamar, The Gazette.



Kiss of the Spider Woman is a 1993 Broadway musical written by John Kander and Fred Ebb with book by Terrence McNally. It is based on the Manuel Puig novel El Beso de la Mujer Araña. It opened on Broadway on May 3, 1993, played 904 performances, and initially starred Brent Carver, Anthony Crivello and Broadway theatre legend Chita Rivera. It won the 1993 Tony Award for Best Musical. A second New York cast, featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell, Howard McGillin and Vanessa Williams, was also well-received.

Adapted from Manual Puig’s critically acclaimed novel, Kiss of the Spider Woman presents a provocative love story set within the conflicting dualities of love and brutality. Through dialog and lyrical storytelling, the harsh realities of victimization are expertly juxtaposed against illusion and fantasy.

Imprisoned somewhere in Latin America, cellmates Molina, an effeminate homosexual window dresser and Valentin, a militant Marxist revolutionary, share nothing in common except the overwhelming need to escape the daily degradation of prison life. They find this refuge in the telling of a stylized version of Molina’s favorite grade B movie staring an alluring temptress, the Spiderwoman.

Over the course of their confinement, the two come to understand and respect one another. They fall in love and ultimately become lovers. Upon Molina’s release from prison, he agrees to help Valentine’s political cause by passing information to his fellow revolutionaries. These actions result in Molina’s re-imprisonment and death at the hands of his captors.


Molina Bill Harrison
Warden Eric Shovah
Valentin Shawn Hahn
Esteban Bill Depew
Marcos David Bacheloor
Spider Woman / Aurora Heather D’Arcy
Molina’s Mother Gail Garrison
Marta Laurie Larson
Prisoner Joe Kivlen
Escaping Prisoner / Prisoner Peter Lacijan
Gabriel / Prisoner Rich Satterlee
Religious Fanatic / Prisoner Aldo  Scott DiCarlo
Aurora’s Men / Prisoner Joel Shapiro (?)
Aurora’s Men / Prisoner Michael Whitney
A I Observer / Emilio Adam Coons
Window Dresser / Prisoner


Production Staff: 

Director Michael Mensching
Production Manager Michael McDermott
Co-Producers Dawn Ruggles 
Music Director Val Lord
Choreographer Melissa Lacijan/Olivia Smith
Set Designer Mary Kozlowski
Set Construction Mary Kozlowski
Lighting Designer Ken Zarnoch
Costumer  Chris Persans
Sound Ric Bello
Props Ferne Dutkin
Make-up Marcia Lenehan
Photographer Tim Raab
Stage Manager John Sutliff
Auditions Eunice Chouffi
Program Donna Baxter/Dave Dixon
Publicity Michael McDermott


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