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Steppenwolf Theatre presents Sex With Strangers by Laura Eason
Dec 21, 2010

Sex With Strangers Steppenwolf TheatreSteppenwolf Theatre Company continues its 2010-2011 season with Sex with Strangers by Laura Eason directed by associate artist Jessica Thebus. The production features ensemble member Sally Murphy with Stephen Louis Grush. Sex with Strangers plays January 20 - May 15, 2011 in Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St.

Ethan is a hot young writer whose online journals of "sexcapades" are the buzz of the blogosphere. Olivia is an attractive 30-something whose own writing career is fizzling. They hook up, sex turns into dating and dating into something more complicated. A break-out hit at Steppenwolf's 2009 First Look Repertory of New Work, Sex with Strangers explores how we invent our identity - online and off - and what happens when our private lives become public domain.

Laura Eason, a longtime member of the Lookingglass Theatre ensemble, is the author of more than 15 plays, both original works and adaptations. Previous productions at Steppenwolf include When the Messenger is Hot, A Tale of Two Cities and Huck Finn. Jessica Thebus directed Sex with Strangers during Steppenwolf's 2009 First Look Repertory of New Work. Other Steppenwolf directing credits include Intimate Apparel, Dead Man's Cell Phone, No Place Like Home, When the Messenger is Hot (also 59E59 Theaters, NYC) and Sonia Flew.

Steppenwolf's 2010-2011 season explores the theme of public/private self-five stories that examine how the public and private aspects of our lives unfold in an increasingly complex world.

The production team for Sex with Strangers includes: Todd Rosenthal (sets), Ana Kuzmanic (costumes), J.R. Lederle (lights) and Andre Pluess and Kevin O'Donnell (sound and original music). Polly Carl is the Dramaturg, Chris Freeburg is the Stage Manager and Kathleen Petroziello is the Assistant Stage Manager.

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