"Stop Kiss" Character Analysis

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The scene that my partner and I will be performing is from the play Stop Kiss, written by Diana Son. This play is about two women in New York City who become extremely close, share a public kiss, and are attacked by a man in the park. The character that I will portray is Callie.

The script does not give much insight to the physical characteristics of Callie. On page 5 it says that, “the cast should reflect the ethnic diversity of New York City,” so there is a chance that Callie may be ethnically diverse. Unfortunately, this is about the only piece of information given referring to Callie’s appearance.

Callie’s age is late 20’s to early 30’s (pg. 5), she is a traffic reporter (pg. 9), and lives in New York City (pg. 5). On page 5, the time indicated is, “now,” and on page 4, it says that the play was produced in 1998. So I’m not entirely sure if that means that years later, the time period is still 1998, or the time period is meant to be portrayed as whenever, “now,” is. Information about the back story is given, we are told that Sara is a friend of a friend of a friend of Callie’s who needs someone to take care of her cat when she moves to New York City, and the two women quickly become very close (pg. 8).

The others in Stop Kiss are Sara, George, Peter, Mrs. Winsley, and Detective Cole. The most influential other is, of course, Sara. Callie and Sara’s relationship is complicated, to say the least. Initially, Callie is just someone who is helping Sara out by taking care of her cat. As they become close friends, they begin to realize that they have feelings for each other, deeper than just friendship. By the end of the play, Callie will become Sara’s caregiver until she has healed from her attack. George also has a complicated relationship with Callie. They are friends from college, but they have been intimate many times before, making for a confusing, jealousy-filled friendship. Peter is Sara’s ex-boyfriend. Callie and Peter are sort of...
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