Fast lane to fame Twenty-something Ethan writes a blog of “sexcapades” that has catapulted him into instant celebrity and success. Forty-something Olivia is a mid-career novelist, widely unappreciated. When the two are waylaid in a remote cabin, the chemistry is explosive. Written by Laura Eason, a fearless writer best known for her work on TV’s House of Cards, Sex With Strangers takes a keen look at power, success and attraction.
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“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. ~The New York Times
LAURA EASON (Playwright) is among the most-produced living playwrights in the United States and Sex with Strangers one of the top ten most-produced plays in the 2015-16 American regional theatre season. Ms. Eason is the author of 20 plays, original works, and adaptations, as well as being a musical book writer and screenwriter. Selected productions include The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Around the World in 80 Days. As a screenwriter, Laura wrote on seasons two and three of the Emmy-winning Netflix show “House Of Cards.”
She is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep, an Affiliated Artist of New Georges and an alumna of the Women’s Project Playwright’s Lab. She is an active ensemble member and former Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, recipient of the 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Laura is a graduate of the Performance Studies Department of Northwestern University. Originally from Chicago, she lives in Brooklyn, NY. More information available at lauraeason.com.
RACHEL LAMPERT (Director) Kitchen Theatre Company director credits include: Sex With Strangers, Hand to God, Frankie & Johnny in the Clare de Lune, Miss Julie, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Glass Menagerie, The Price, Our Town, Our David, Broke-ology, Swimming in the Shallows, A Delicate Balance, Talley's Folley, Master Class, Lonely Planet, Venus in Fur among others. A My Name is Alice (Arkansas Rep), Falsettos, The Sisters Rosensweig, Sweeney Todd (Hangar Theatre), Swimming in the Shallows (Cal Rep), West Side Story, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof (Mill Mountain Theatre). See full Artistic Director bio here.
DAVID L. ARSENAULT (Set Design) KTC: Over 15 shows in five seasons, favorites include: Peter and the Starcatcher, Call Me Waldo, The Whipping Man, Mary's Wedding, Seminar, and A Body of Water. Select NYC: Peer Gynt (Classic Stage Company), A Better Place (The Duke), NY Times Critic's Picks Handle With Care (Westside Theatre), The Awake (59E59), and Long Story Short (Prospect). International: English Theatre Berlin, Germany. Regional: Bay Street Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Dorset Theatre Festival, Geva Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Merry Go Round Playhouse, Gulfshore Playhouse, Urban Arias, Bucks County Playhouse, and others. Broadway (Associate): Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Color Purple (revival), King Charles III, Constellations, and Disaster! In 2011, David was nominated for the American Theatre Wing's Hewes Award for his design of First Prize (kef Productions). Member: United Scenic Artists 829. Education: Ithaca College. www.DavidArsenaultDesign.com
TYLER M. PERRY(Lighting Designer) a NYC-based lighting and scenic designer, received Kitchen Theatre Company's 2013-14 Norma Fire Emerging Artist award. KTC favorites: Peter and the Starcatcher, The Soup Comes Last, I and You, Thin Walls, The House, Venus in Fur, Opus, Slashes of Light, What I Thought I Knew, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Whipping Man, Frankie and Johnny in… Lune, among others. NYC: Schooled (FringeNYC, Time Out New York's Critics' pick); The Wild Party, The Adding Machine, A Man of No Importance (b-side Productions). Regional: Trick or Treat (Northern Stage); Avenue Q (2016 RI BroadwayWorld award winner), Damn Yankees (Ocean State Theatre Co.); The Fantasticks, Hairspray, Smokey Joe's Cafe (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre); Urinetown, The 39 Steps, Stage Kiss, Lend Me A Tenor, Into the Woods (Cider Mill Playhouse). TV & Web: Garbage Time with Katie Nolan, AOPA Live, Monumental Sports Network (Infinite Designs). Broadway (Assistant): Miss Saigon (2017 revival); Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (National Tour). BFA Ithaca College. Member: United Scenic Artists Local 829. www.tylermperrydesign.com
SERGEY LEVITSKIY (Sound Design) is an interdisciplinary artist, based in Ithaca, NY. He works in a variety of media, including sound and animation. He received his BFA from Cornell University in 2016 where he studied electroacoustic composition, musical imrovisation and visual arts. His theater design involvement began in 2016 when he worked on The Cherry Arts productions of Bitter Banquet and The Show Queen. Aside from having a blast designing sound for Kitchen Treatre Company's Sex with Strangers, he is also currently working on Life Sentence, a play set to premiere at Schwartz Center in April, and What Happens Next, a forthcoming Cherry Arts production.
LISA BOQUIST (Costume Design) has designed and coordinated costumes for a number of previous productions at Kitchen Theatre Company, including: Precious Nonsense, Thin Walls, A Body of Water, Lungs, Black Pearl Sings!, Heroes, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Whipping Man, Circle Mirror Transformation, Irma Vep, Red Light Winter, Broke-ology and Waiting For Spring. Other favorite designs at the Kitchen include Mary's Wedding, Bed and Sofa, Last Train To Nibroc, I Become A Guitar, and Nine Parts Of Desire. She runs her own studio, where she designs and constructs prototypes, mascots and custom clothing for film and public appearances. She has been the Textiles Coordinator and Design Associate for MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd., and presently runs the costume shop at Cornell University. There she is responsible for training students in all aspects of costume construction, and has designed costumes for: Picasso At The Lapin Agile, Beat Box Bard, Bedroom Farce, and Drama, Dance And The Disco Of Desire, among others.
DARIAN DAUCHAN (Ethan) is an award winning actor, writer, and musician who has appeared on both Broadway (Twentieth Century starring Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche) and Off Broadway theatre (Jean Cocteau Rep., Classical Theatre of Harlem). TV credits include Law and Order, Nickelodeon's Bet the House, as Darian the "SoundFX" Guy, and the Lionsgate feature film Things Never Said.
His solo shows include: Fallen Patriots (NYC Fringe), Texaco's Last Stand (Ohio Theatre/ IGNITE Festival), Media Madness (Kitchen Theatre Company, Ithaca, NY), Entertainer's Eulogy which had limited engagements at the Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, TN), Kitchen Theatre Company (Ithaca, New York), Whitefire Solo Theatre Festival (Los Angeles, CA), and Theatre ROW (United Solo Festival), Voice Power (Arts for All's Audience Project Tour) and Obamatry: A Spoken Word Remix on the 44th President of the United States of America (Under St. Marks Theater, SPKRBOX Festival, Norway) originally presented by Horse Trade Theater Group in conjunction with the Bowery Arts and Science.
His first screenplay Kalfou (A Crossroads Tale) co-written with his sister Desha Dauchan was selected into the Film Independentʼs 2008 Screenwriters Lab, home to the popular Spirit Awards, and the L.A. Film Festival.
Darian has also embraced the art of Spoken Word/Performance Poetry and within his first three months had won slams at all three major poetry venues in New York City. He was a member of the 2006 National Poetry Slam Team for the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe, was crowned the 2007 Urbana Grand Slam Champion for the Bowery Poetry Club, was a 2008 Nuyorican Grand Slam Finalist, and was the 2009 New Word Artist for Urban Word NYC in conjunction with the Dance Theatre Workshop now known as New York Live Arts. He has toured across the country at poetry venues, including the famous Green Mill in Chicago, and has also performed at colleges that include the prestigious Yale University, FIT, and New York University. His popular Obama poem during the historic 2008 election has received over 73,000 views on YouTube and counting. He's currently featured on the FIAT Storyteller's Series.
He is the founder of The Spoken Word Almanac Project, a poetry collective committed to writing poems on current world events. He conceived the spoken word trilogy shows Slam 101, 102, and 103 for Lincoln Center's Meet the Artist Series, which he co-wrote with poets Shanelle Gabriel and Erik Maldonado, and has toured around the Tri- state area with the support of Young Audiences New York. The 4th installment Eco-Poets:Enviroslammin was presented and developed in the New Victory Labworks Residency. Heʼs also a Teaching Artist for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and a Mentor for Urban Word NYC, a grassroots non-profit organization that provides free, safe, uncensored and ongoing writing and performance opportunities for NYC teens.
He was awarded four diversity scholarships from the Upright Citizens Brigade for sketch comedy and improv, was also the 2012 winner of The Jerome Foundation's Stakeholder's Choice Award and one of his most recent shows Death Boogie, a multimedia Hip Hop Poetry Musical, was the 2012 winner of two Edinburgh Fringe Festival Musical Theatre Matters Awards for BEST New Music and BEST Innovation of a Musical. Black Sheep, his fifth solo show was commissioned by the Kitchen Theatre Company with the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts, and placed 3rd for Best Play at the 2015 Downtown Urban Theater Festival. His band The Mighty Third Rail , a 3 man trio, which combines the elements of poetry, beat-boxing, violin, and upright bass. were 2015 American Music Abroad Finalists for the U.S. State Department, and in 2014 performed at SPKRBOX, the first Hip Hop Theater Festival in Norway. He's currently the Artist in Residence with the All for One Theater Company, developing the Sci Fi Hip Hop transmedia pieceBrobot Johnson. Death Boogie, the album, along with The Mighty Third Rail's debut album Classic is now available on iTunes.
LEEANNE HUTCHISON (Olivia) Off-Broadway: Septimus and Clarissa/ Young Clarissa Dalloway (premiere); Sam’s Romance/Rose (premiere); Alas, The Nymphs/Cybele (BAM premiere). Regionally: August: O’Sage County/Barbara (Arkansas Rep);A Streetcar Named Desire/Blanche (West Virginia Public Theater); Clybourne Park/Bev (Arkansas Rep); Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune/Frankie (Shaker Bridge Theatre, NH); Don Juan (McCarter Theater, NJ); The Underpants/Gertrude (White Heron Theatre, Nantucket); A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Helena(Hamptons' Shakespeare Festival); AR Gurney’s Family Furniture/ Claire (WHT, Nantucket); American Stare (premiere, NJ Rep); Psyche(Dir. Ralph Lee). Off-Off Broadway: Ibsen's Ghosts/Mrs. Alving, Stoppard’sDogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth (Phoenix Ensemble); Orpheus/Eurydice (HERE); Innocents (RipeTime Theater); The Third Policeman (LaMaMa, world premiere); The Odyssey Project/Penelope; Our Country’s Good (Culture Project);The Recruiting Officer (NY Classical Theatre); Full Bloom (by Suzanne Bradbeer, premiere); Body Sketch (NYTW); I Want What You Have/Yelena (The Women’s Project); Death in Vacant Lot! (South Wing Theatre Co). Feature Films: ONE FALL (Dir. Marcus Dean Fuller); BREWSIE & WILLIE (Rocam Productions). LeeAnne hails from Athens, Georgia, graduated from Smith College, has received the Bowden Award from New Dramatists (NYC), and is a proud member of The Actors Center Workshop Company, Ripe Time, Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA. She currently appears as Diane Harrison in THE OTHER F WORD (Amazon, Season 1 and upcoming in Season 2). Thanks to Grant, Mama, Sisters, Everyone at the Kitchen, and Laura Eason for writing such a great play.