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Jan 31 - Feb 19 2023


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A group of American actors performing a Syrian soap opera are shocked to realize the limits of their own cultural understanding.

Two couples at dinner. An unexpected profession of love. An untimely proposal. A stolen kiss. But when the soap opera gets interrupted, the tables are turned on the performers … and the audience.

This daring new play is directed by Syrian-born University of the Arts Professor Fadi Skeiker, making his Wilma debut, and features members of the Wilma HotHouse Company.

“The play asks: What does it mean when someone else is representing you?” Skeiker said.

Kiss Photograph from Wilma Theater

From the Adjudicators: "KISS is a near-perfect demonstration of the the singular power and importance of live theatre and utilizes the art form to express ideas and pose questions in a way no other mode of communication or art can. To me, the most vibrant, resonant theatre holds a mirror not only up to the audience, but to the theatre itself: to its creators, to the physical space, to the very idea of theatre itself. To ask why we make it and participate in the ritual of theatre, and what purpose it serves as we all try to make sense of a mysterious existence. KISS, for me, was full of magical moments..."


Guillermo Calderón
Fadi Skeiker
Estimated Run Time
Approximately 90 minutes
Show Type
Live EventDramaPhiladelphia Premiere
Additional Details

Open Captioning and an Audio Describer will be available on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.

Masks are currently required to attend our performances, and must be continually worn inside the theatre. Vaccination is highly recommended but not required. Masking helps protect our audience and performers, and avoid performance cancellations. In the event that Covid-19 Community spread is Low according to CDC data, the Wilma may relax the masking requirement for subsequent events. Check Wilma’s website or call the box office for most up to date safety requirements.

Assistive Listening Systems
Audio Description Available
Closed Captioning
Large Print Programs
Wheelchair Accessible


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