Written by Jeffrey Allen Steiger.
THE KISS portrays a faculty member, a student, and the tensions associated with professional boundaries, intimacy, and power. Claire, an undergraduate student in Ken's literature course, rediscovers her passion for writing and in doing so, a connection to her instructor. A mutually rewarding mentoring relationship between the student and the faculty member ensues, and the lines between the academic and the personal relationships become increasingly blurry. The play is followed by a dialogue on professional boundaries, appropriate and inappropriate behavior, and institutional culpability.
This play avoids the didactic traps of other sexual harassment trainings by presenting a realistic, character driven play that has crossover appeal for general audiences. A facilitated dialogue follows the production.