The Kiss

September 15 & 24 of 2016 Rochester, NY


This Fringe, do something. . . haunting.


Two strangers become entangled in a mysterious encounter on a park bench, each attempting to place the other amid the fragmented memories of their pasts. Framed in a dreamscape, their surreal meeting is a testament to the significance of every human interaction. THE KISS explores how we shape and are shaped by those who touch us. Written by award-winning Scottish playwright, Murray Watts, WallByrd is pleased to present the American premiere of this moving and thought-provoking modern classic.

... a truly masterful design ... suffice it to say that this is a show that you’ll want to focus on for the full 60 minutes it lasts.
— Leah Stacy, the Rochester City Paper


Cast & Production Team

Written by: Murray Watts

Direction & Design: Virginia Monte

Stage Manager: Kate Duprey

Lighting Designer: Todd Kelmar

Cast: Greg Ludek and Nancy Fancher


About the Playwright -

Murray Watts has written and directed many plays for the theatre over the last 40 years.  His work as a writer in TV, radio, film and theatre has won awards and received critical acclaim.  His work as a screenwriter includes ‘The Dream’, starring Jeremy Irons (BBC 2) and the feature film ‘The Miracle Maker’ (BBC/S4C/ICON) which was released to international acclaim in 2000 and was ABC network’s highest rated movie for Easter 2000/1.  His plays include the award-winning ‘The Fatherland’ for Bush Theatre, London, in 1989 (which he later adapted as The Monday Play for BBC Radio 4).  The King’s Head Theatre in London staged a season of four of his plays, throughout January 2012, including ‘Mr Darwin’s Tree’, which has been seen throughout the UK and is currently touring in the US.  ‘The Kiss’ received its Scottish premiere at the Oran Mor Theatre in Glasgow in 2011.  Murray lives and works in the Highlands of Scotland.

Inside the Production