Sex with Strangers
By Laura Eason
Directed by Jeffry George
May 18 – June 10, 2017
Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
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“attention-grabbing, compelling and timely.” Cape Cod Chronicle
“gets things right in so many ways its precision becomes invisible” Provincetown Banner
“a riveting ideological and technological showdown” Cape Cod Times
“a great night out at the theater” Barnstable Patriot
“explores the devotion to craft in the digital age through the lens of lust and ambition.” Provincetown Magazine
When twenty-something star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure fortyish novelist Olivia, he finds they each crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, and they inch closer to getting what they want, both must confront the dark side of ambition and the trouble of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away.
“Who are you?”
Those are the first words spoken in “Sex With Strangers,” a twisty and timely play by Laura Eason, and they cut right to the core of this two-character drama about lust, love and the complex nature of identity in our digital-dominated era. When a persona can be tweaked, primped or entirely fabricated online, it may be a little tricky to figure out exactly who is lying in bed beside you: a sympathetic soul, or just a brand with a hot body? –CHARLES ISHERWOOD, NYT
Nichole Hamilton and Jon Kovach on Arts Week with Jeannette de Beauvoir:
Laura Eason is a screenwriter and playwright. She is best known for four seasons on the Netflix drama, “House of Cards” (WGA Nomination, Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, three Primetime Emmy Award nominations, Drama Series) and her more than twenty produced plays, both original work and adaptation, including Sex with Strangers (Second Stage, New York; Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago; Hampstead Theatre, London; Sydney Theatre, AU; Blackwing Productions, Buenos Aires, AR; one of the most produced plays in the U.S. in ‘15-’16 and ’16-’17 seasons with over fifty separate productions). Laura is a long-time Ensemble Member and the former Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago (2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award). She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Television Academy, WGAE, AEA, SAG, SDC and ASCAP and an alumna of the WP Playwrights Lab and Northwestern University. A fourth generation Chicagoan, she now lives in Brooklyn with her family.