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Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Kristin Heckler

Posted August 17th, 2012

Director Kristin Heckler in a prideful city.

In light of crimes such as this one in Texas, Stop Kiss by American playwright Diana Son has remained markedly relevant since its 1998 debut.

Two young women become lovers, and the play focuses on the violence ignited by a kiss they share. Follow the 2012 Philly Fringe production of Stop Kiss on Twitter, and read director Kristin Heckler’s vitals after the jump.


Name: Kristin Heckler.

Show Title: Stop Kiss.

Explain your performance in 2 sentences. To an 8-year-old. A play about two women who fall in love and are attacked the night of their first kiss. Switching scenes before and after the attack, Stop Kiss will make you laugh, cry, sigh and cheer.

What was your favorite toy as a kid? Probably a book. Or an Easy Bake Oven.

What do you love (or hate) most about Philadelphia audiences? I work in the ‘burbs at Montgomery Theater so we don’t see many regular Philadelphia audiences, but I love our audiences because they are loyal, enthusiastic, and thrilled to be seeing high quality theater at low cost.

What would you do if you just inherited a pizzeria? Get a brick wood-burning oven; I like ’em thin and crispy. Also pray there was a room that could be used as a rehearsal space.

Marvel Comics, or DC? Marvel. Mostly I really like when superheros are rich, ridiculously intelligent dudes (or women, although I don’t know of any) who make themselves super like Ironman and Batman. But on the whole, Marvel.

A doctor puts a scope inside your ear. What does she see? A lot of inflammation–I have horrible allergies.

Stop Kiss runs September 7, 8, 10, 13 and 14 at 7:00 pm, and September 9 at 2:00 pm at The Arts Garage, 1533-35 Ridge Avenue. $15.

–Audrey McGlinchy