Saturday, July 3, 2021

Center Players Presents Prelude to a Kiss LIVE!

Center Players Dessert Theater will present a return to live theater with a production of 

Prelude to a Kiss 

WHEN: July 16–24, Friday and Saturday, July 16, 17, 23rd and 24th at 7:30pm and Sunday, July 18th at 6:30pm.  Sunday, July 25th is set aside as a possible rain date.
Kirk Tibbett stage at Lake Topanemus Park on Pond Road in Freehold, NJ
TICKETS: specially priced at $10 and are available online at or by calling 732-462-9093.

Written by Craig Lucas, this 1988 romantic comedy will be directed by Anthony Marinelli, and tells the story of Rita and Peter, who marry after a whirlwind courtship. Following their storybook wedding, an elderly man congratulates Rita with a kiss and miraculously switches souls with her. The play examines if Peter and Rita's marriage can endure the greatest test of all.

“We were approached by Freehold Township about the possibility of presenting a live, outdoor theatrical event, and we are thrilled that this production will represent our return to live theater,” noted Center Players Artistic Director Bernice Garfield-Szita. “We encourage local residents to join us in a safe, beautiful outdoor setting to enjoy this heartwarming play.”

  • Please be advised this play contains adult content and is not recommended for children under 15 years of age. 
  • Patrons must bring their own chairs (no lounge or low beach types) and chair placement is first come, first serve. 
  • Patrons will be able to sign in one half-hour prior to curtain. 
  • Porta potties will be available and refreshments will be sold for a nominal fee during intermission.

Center Players expects to celebrate its 20th season at Center Playhouse at 35 South Street with a full season, beginning in the fall. A respected, award-winning organization, the group presents high quality, engaging productions featuring local talent in downtown Freehold. In addition to their signature plays, the group also sponsors free play readings and other special events and offers dinner and theater packages with several local restaurants.