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College of Arts and Humanities

Kiss of the Spider Woman

October 16 - October 26
Theatre, Main Stage(107)

Cost: $20 standard, $18 senior, $10 student

Book by Terrence McNally
Music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by Mark Brotherton

Winner! Multiple Tony® Awards including Best Musical!

A harrowing tale of persecution turned into a dazzling spectacle that juxtaposes gritty realities with liberating fantasies

Cell mates in a Latin American prison, Valentin is a tough revolutionary undergoing torture, and Molina is an unabashed homosexual serving eight years for deviant behavior. Molina shares his fantasies about an actress who portrays a deadly Spider Woman who kills with a kiss in order to distract himself and his new friend from the horrors they encounter in the prison.

Kiss of the Spider Woman won the Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score when it debuted on Broadway.

“Thrilling.”- N.Y. Times

“Compelling, beautiful, funny and moving....[Has] a cinematic fluidity and a poetic charge.”- N.Y. Daily News

“Creates an entire world out of a prison cell.... Dazzling.”- Newsweek

“Capture[s] the magic musicals were meant for.”- Wall Street Journal

“[A] show with a wild heart and a fresh eye.”- N.Y. Newsday

See the Theatre UCF Box Office page for ticket information.

Performances on 9/20/14, 10/18/14, 10/25/14, 11/14/14, and 11/22/14 coincide with a UCF home football game. You will need to allow extra time to get to the theater for this performance. Please note that the parking location during home games is different from our regular parking location. Theatre patrons should park in Lot B4. Golf cart shuttles will meet you at parking lot B-4 to take you to the theater. Patrons who park anywhere else on campus will receive a parking ticket.


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  • Further Reading

    A Note from the Director

    A Note from the Director Fantasy and escapism—these two motifs are found throughout the production and in most articles written about the novel, the movie, and the musical. For how does one live under torture, bigotry, and cruelty? Our first nature is to survive, so we look for an escape, we search for other outlets in order to not deal with the world in which we are placed.

    Molina and Valentin, our two prisoners, live in this world of heartache and pain. Molina goes to the movies in his imagination with the ever alluring Spider Woman and also fantasizes about being a woman. Valentin clings to the memories of his wife and a fantasy of revolution that he believes can make world a better place. And although these motifs are prevalent and important, I believe that it is the reality of each other’s truth that the two must come to deal with in order to survive. It’s their humanity that saves them, not their illusions of things that cannot be. They must learn to empathize, tolerate, and love someone so different from themselves. It is only then that they learn what it means to survive and finally escape their own prisons.

    —Mark Brotherton, Director

  • Cast


    1. Molina Kyle Wilkinson (U/S Tyler Beauregard)
    2. ValentinAndrew Conners (U/S Stephen Rochet)
    3. Spider Woman/Aurora Abby Jaros (U/S Khalifa White†)
    4. Gabriel Nicholas Wood, Jr.
    5. MartaCaitlin Doak (U/S Rachel Butler)
    6. Mother Foi Meleah (U/S Stephanie Trull)
    7. WardenStephen Rochet (U/S Aaron Glogowski)
    8. Estaban Alex Recore (U/S Aaron Glogowski)
    9. MarcosJesse Ramos (U/S Aaron Glogowski)

    Prisoners......................Tyler Beauregard, Gabe Friedman, Jeremiah Johnson, David Klein, Kyle Laing, Tony Pracek, Mikey Reichert, Trevor Starr, Salvatore Vieira, Nicholas Wood, Jr. (U/S Christian Barba, Rico Lastrapes, Raleigh Mosely II)

    Creative Team

    1. Director Mark Brotherton
    2. Assistant Director Patrick Sylvester*
    3. Dramaturg Elle Sullivan*
    4. Music Director Steven R. Chicurel
    5. Assistant Vocal Director Claney Outzen*
    6. Rehearsal Accompanist Susan Glerum
    7. Choreographer John Rudell*
    8. Dance Captain Nicholas J. Wood, Jr.*
    9. Stage Manager Andrew Carnero*
    10. Assistant Stage Managers Jeana Caporelli*, Zoe Feezor*
    11. Production Assistant Ashley Hankerson*
    12. Stage Management Advisor Claudia Lynch
    13. Scenic Designer Joseph Rusnock
    14. Assistant Scenic Designer Krystel Colon-Mendoza*
    15. Costume Designer Huaixiang Tan
    16. Assistant Costume Designer Olivia Hayhoe*
    17. Lighting Designer Bert Scott
    18. Assistant Lighting Designer Emily O’Sullivan*
    19. Sound Designer Ryan Riegner
    20. Assistant Sound Designer Tanner Best*
    21. Props Master Catherine Klemke*
    22. Production Manager Gary Brown
    23. Technical Director Aaron Charnell*
    24. Technical Advisor John Heil
    25. Assistant Technical Director Mike Layton
    26. Master Electrician Matt Decker
    27. Master Carpenter Nick Wood*
    28. Costume Shop Manager Daniel M. Jones
    29. Projectionist Brianna Hicks*
    30. Light Board OperatorKali Pierce*
    31. Follow Spot OperatorBrandon Chervany*, Taylor Provenzano*
    32. SoundReca Oakley*, Kalini Singmaster*
    33. Run Crewrendan Jevons*, Evan Jones*, William Lindsey*, Erika Ramirez*
    34. Fly CrewCalli Charlton*, Matthew Clow*
    35. Wardrobe CrewMax Ackerman*, Emily Harris*, Meredith Pugh*,
      Kathy Quijano*, Benjamin Walton*

    *Student at UCF (all cast members are students)

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