At TheatreLab@855 May 25 - June 4

For its debut production, 3 Monkeys Theatrical Productions will present the world premiere of “ANTI-Kiss” by Boston playwright Forrest Blount. Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara, performances are scheduled to run May 25 - June 4 at TheatreLab@855, located at 855 Commonwealth Avenue at B. U.'s College of Fine Arts.

3 Monkeys Theatrical Productions was founded in June of 2005 by three graduates of Boston University’s School of Theatre Arts with the intention of producing theatre aimed at engaging Boston’s large college and young professional populations.

In “ANTI-Kiss,” X and Darwin are two young lovers living in Boston. X is a struggling actress/waitress who's been out of school for a couple of years. Darwin is an economics major earning his MBA. Both plan on moving to New York and starting their lives together.

When Darwin is offered a job overseas, everything changes. He proposes to X, who declines. Darwin departs and we then meet Ella, an aspiring out-of-work novelist. She's Darwin’s former girlfriend, and a lesbian on the verge of publishing her first book. An affair results, with X questioning her sexual identity and who owns it. When Darwin returns hoping to reconcile, he's surprised to find Ella.

In one eventful day, the characters find their core desires and identities challenged only to reveal hidden weaknesses.

A graduate of Boston University’s Theatre Studies program, Forrest Blount is the recipient of a Waring Jones Commission from The Playwrights' Center in Minnesota, where he wrote "Still Waters Fall" (2000). Blount’s works challenge society’s conventional views on relationships, personal expectations and moral conviction.

“The viciousness of life’s expectations end up trapping a lot of people in jobs and relationships that aren't as fulfilling, in lives that aren't as bright, as they could be,” Blount says. “'Anti-Kiss' is very much a dismantling of this architecture, a restructuring of the labels for desire and an evolution of how our identities, specifically our sexual identities, are realized.”

Blount is a graduate of Boston University's College of Fine Arts. His writing credits include "Agon," "War as Play," "1000 Years Beyond the Horizon" and "Still Waters Fall." He became interested in the history of sexuality and marriage during the national debate on gay civil unions, and wrote "Anti-Kiss" as a response to both that issue and to the artist/professional work life dichotomy that he and many of his friends found themselves in after college.

The cast of “ANTI-Kiss” includes: Amy Maloof as X, Brad Smith as Darwin and Emma Greer as Ella.

Tickets go on sale May 1 and are available online at www.3monkeystheatre.org or www.theatermania.com. In-person purchases may be made at TheatreLab@855 one hour before each performance.

-- OnStage Boston


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