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Howard Community College’s Arts Collective Presents “Prelude to a Kiss” May 3 to 19

April 15, 2013

(Columbia, MD) — Howard Community College’s (HCC) Arts Collective (AC) proudly announces its spring production of Craig Lucas’ “Prelude to a Kiss,” running May 3 to 19, 2013, in the college's Studio Theatre. Darius K. McKeiver directs Lucas’ romantic comedy and haunting fairytale, which explores issues of identity, aging, fear, family and unconditional love. At Peter and Rita's wedding, a mysterious old man insists on kissing the bride. While honeymooning, Peter realizes that the woman by his side is not his wife. What happened during that curious wedding-day kiss? 

“Prelude to a Kiss” runs for three weekends only with showtimes on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. A special preview pay-what-you-can performance takes place on Thursday, May 2 at 8 p.m. and a post-show discussion follows the Sunday, May 19 performance.

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors, military, and groups; and $10 for students with I.D. and may be purchased through the HCC’s Horowitz Center Box Office (443-518-1500) or online at For more information about AC, call 443-518-1922 or email

Note: This production includes mature subject matter. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

The Studio Theatre is located inside the Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) on the campus of HCC, located at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, MD, 21044.  

The “Prelude to a Kiss” cast includes:

  • Jon Kevin Lazarus (Peter Hoskins)
  • Keri Eastridge (Rita Boyle)
  • Bill Stanley (Old Man)
  • Eric Small (Dr. Boyle)
  • Ilene Chalmers (Mrs. Boyle)
  • Kate Small (Aunt Dorothy)
  • Ed Higgins (Uncle Fred)
  • Erin Adams (Taylor)
  • Cheri George (Minister)
  • Obinna Nwachukwu (Tom)
  • Brenna Horner (Leah)

The “Prelude to a Kiss” design team includes:

  • Director: Darius K. McKeiver
  • Set, Video, Light Design: Terry Cobb
  • Sound Design: Ashanti Cooper
  • Sound Effects: Dave Harton
  • Costume Design: Nick Staigerwald
  • Props Design: Ryan M. Haase
  • Illustration: Emma K. McDonnell
  • Stage Manager: Justin Silverman
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Lacy Hall
  • Production Assistant: Erika Monique Jones

About the Director

Darius K. McKeiver has worked at Howard Community College for the past seven years in the Arts and Humanities Division (in an instructional capacity) and HCC’s Arts Collective (in an artistic capacity). A former HCC student, Darius began performing with the Arts Collective in 2006 as Howie Newsome in “Our Town.” Mr. McKeiver’s favorite on-stage performances with Arts Collective include Charlie Brown in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” in the original work “The Child Behind the Curtain,” and as Captain Hook in “Peter Pan.” His directing credits include “The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe” (co-director with Bill Largess, HCC Actors’ Studio); “Dracula” (co-director with Susan G. Kramer for Arts Collective); “The Importance of Being Earnest” at Century High School (director); “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with Tom Delise at Century High School (co-director); and “Rent” at Silhouette Stages (production consultant). Mr. McKeiver is currently Arts Collective’s special project manager and an assistant props and wardrobe manager for the college’s Horowitz Center.s. Mamie

About the Playwright:

Craig Lucas was born on April 30, 1951, and was found abandoned in a car in Atlanta. Lucas was adopted when he was eight months old by a conservative Pennsylvania couple. His father was an FBI agent; his mother was a housewife and painter. She was born a Jew but suppressed the identity which Lucas relates in his storytelling. He is openly gay, and recalls that his coming out made it possible for him to develop as a playwright and as a person.  In 1973, Lucas earned his BA from Boston University and went on to perform in Broadway musicals including “Shenandoah,” “On the Twentieth Century,” “Rex,” and “Sweeney Todd.” Stephen Sondheim would later tell him he was a better writer than an actor. His first collaboration with Norman René was “Marry Me A Little” in 1981, followed by “Missing Persons” (1981) and “Blue Window” (1984); “Three Postcards” (1987), and “Reckless” (1983). In 1990 they joined forces for what would prove to be their biggest commercial and critical success, “Prelude to a Kiss,” which they adapted in 1992 into a film starring Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan. While some critics have divided his work into gay plays (“Blue Window,” “Longtime Companion”) and straight plays (“Reckless,” “Three Postcards,” “Prelude to a Kiss”), Lucas has always written about human problems in a universal manner. In June 2013, Melbourne's Regent Theatre will host the world premiere (and Broadway try-out) of “King Kong,” for which Lucas has provided the book with a score by Marius de Vries.

About Arts Collective

Arts Collective’s (AC) productions and projects are about supporting, nurturing and fusing collaborative relationships with all artists at Howard Community College — from students to professionals and anyone in-between. AC has become an artistic organization celebrated for its bravery, spirit and unique learning environment! Established in 1994, AC continues its commitment to offering inspiring original works, classic literature and moving story-telling to Howard County and beyond, honoring works across all performing arts genres, including plays, musicals, and dance, as well as training opportunities. AC proudly showcases the work of HCC students, alumni, staff, community members and professional guest artists... on and off the stage.

About HCC

Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to over 30,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, Laurel College Center, and Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.