USI Theatre’s 2021-2022 spring productions to begin in February

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USI Theatre continues its 2021-2022 live season with its first production of the Spring Semester, “Stop Kiss,” written by Diana Son, American playwright, television producer and writer, and directed by Eric Altheide, Associate Professor of Theatre. The production runs Thursday, February 17 through Sunday, February 20 in the USI Performance Center on USI’s campus. In compliance with CDC guidelines and the USI COVID-19 Task Force, a reduced number of seats will be available, and masks will be required in the Performance Center for the duration of the performance. USI actors will be unmasked. 

“A poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably,” says Variety. After Callie meets Sara, the two unexpectedly fall in love, and their lives are transformed in a way they could never anticipate. Above all, “Stop Kiss” is a story about finding love when you least expect it, and the journey that love brings. 

Altheide will be joined by a design team including Paul Weimer, Associate Professor of Theatre, as scenic designer; Joshua Stallings, Facilities Coordinator for the USI Performance Center, as sound and lighting designer; Shan Jensen, Professor of Theatre, as costume designer; Andy Hammond, Theatre Technical Coordinator, as technical designer; and USI student Grace Koltz as production stage manager. 

The cast of “Stop Kiss” includes USI students Evelyn Pigman, Shayna Survil, Dakota Smith, Noah Harrison, Gavin Carter, Blair McKown, Chloe Kummer, Jaden Crouch and Blake Whitehouse. 

Tickets are $2 for USI students, $10 for USI employees and alumni, $4 for non-USI students (student ID required), $10 seniors (60+) and $12 for adults. Tickets are free to USI students with student ID one hour before the show begins based on availability. Shows start at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. for the Sunday matinee. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit, or call the box office at 812-465-7110. Follow USI Theatre on Facebook at USITheatre and Instagram @USI_theatre for updates and photos. 

USI Theatre’s final show of the season will be William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” which will run from Thursday, April 21 through Sunday, April 24. For more information on the remainder of the USI Theatre season, visit or call 812-465-7110.