Sally Murphy and Stephen Louis Grush Explore Sex With Strangers, Opening Jan. 30 in Chicago

News   Sally Murphy and Stephen Louis Grush Explore Sex With Strangers, Opening Jan. 30 in Chicago
 
Sex With Strangers, Laura Eason's new play about relationships, sex, identity and authenticity in the age of the Internet, opens in a world-premiere production Jan. 30 following previews from Jan. 20 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Upstairs Theatre in Chicago.

Stephen Louis Grush and Sally Murphy
Stephen Louis Grush and Sally Murphy Photo by Michael Brosilow

The cast includes Steppenwolf ensemble members Sally Murphy (Broadway's Carousel, August: Osage County) and Stephen Louis Grush. Associate artist Jessica Thebus directs the new play, which was popular in Steppenwolf’s 2009 First Look Repertory of New Work.

Performances continue to May 15. According to Steppenwolf notes, "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. Sex with Strangers explores how we invent our identity — online and off — and what happens when our private lives become public domain."

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.

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.

Steppenwolf is at 1650 N. Halsted St. For tickets and information, visit www.steppenwolf.org or call (312) 335-1650.

Sally Murphy and Stephen Louis Grush
Sally Murphy and Stephen Louis Grush Michael Brosilow
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