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'Lips Together, Teeth Apart' Opens Friday at Schreiner University


KERRVILLE, TX, February 21, 2018 - ‘Lips Together, Teeth Apart’ opens at Schreiner University’s Hanszen Fine Arts Building on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30pm. 

Presented by The Flag Is Up, Schreiner University’s theatre production company, ‘Lips Together, Teeth Apart’ is the story of two married couples dealing with life, love, and death at the height of the AIDS crisis in America.

The three-act play, set in 1991 on the back deck of a Fire Island, New York beach house, follows Sally, the sister of a man who has recently died of AIDS.  Sally spends the Fourth of July weekend at the vacation house that she inherited from her late brother. She is joined by her husband Sam, Sam’s sister Chloe, and Chloe’s husband John.

 During the course of this charming and often challenging story written by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, many secrets about these two straight couples are revealed, involving pregnancy, infidelity, bad prognoses, deep regret, and ultimately death. 

Four Schreiner students tackle this intense, multi-layered story. Kayla Castaneda, who played the title role in last semester’s ‘Electra,’ is Sally, the grieving sister and want-to-be mother whose sorrow causes her to relate to a mysterious figure out on the beach. 

Topher Zieske, who recently performed in Castaneda’s production of ‘A Spell of Cold Weather,’ is Sam, Sally’s well-intentioned but befuddled and childish husband. Lillie Bales-Camacho, who directed, ‘Electra,’ is Chloe, the hyperkinetic sister-in-law whose constant babbling and love for community theatre mask deep insecurity and fear.

Finally, Andrew Cannon plays John, Chloe’s cynical and deeply angry husband, who is as smart and funny as he is cruel and tormented. Cannon performed in last year’s ‘Cabaret’ at Hanszen and has just accepted a major role in ‘Crazy For You,’ the new musical partnership between Schreiner and Playhouse 2000, coming in April.

Show dates and times are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m. Admission to ‘Lips Together, Teeth Apart’ is free to students and the public. Donations to The Flag Is Up are always welcome. 

All performance are at the Hanszen Fine Arts Building on the Schreiner University Campus.  The show performs in three acts with two brief intermissions and runs just over two hours.