Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen Will Co-Star in Second Stage's Sex With Strangers, Directed by David Schwimmer

By Michael Gioia
01 Apr 2014

Billy Magnussen
Billy Magnussen

Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad") and Tony Award nominee Billy Magnussen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) will star in Second Stage Theatre's upcoming production of Laura Eason's Sex With Strangers, directed by David Schwimmer.

Gunn, whose credits also include HBO's "Deadwood" and "The Practice," will play Oliva opposite Magnussen (The Ritz, "Into the Woods") as Ethan in the drama, which will run July 8-Aug. 24 at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre.

Opening night is set for July 30 as part of Second Stage Theatre's 35th anniversary season.

Here's how the drama is billed: "How far will you go to get what you want? Will you be the same person if you finally do? When star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure novelist Olivia, he finds they both 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 near impossibility of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away."



Playwright Eason's other works include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Around the World in 80 Days, Rewind, The Vast In-Between, Remarkable Invisible, Every Reason To Hope and Believe and The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, among others.

Director Schwimmer is co-founder of the Lookingglass Theatre Company of Chicago, where he most recently directed the world premiere of Keith Huff's Big Lake Big City. He has been seen on Broadway in The Caine Mutiny Court Martial and is an Emmy nominee for his work on "Friends."

Other members of the creative team include set designer Andromache Chalfant, costume designer ESosa, lighting designer Japhy Weideman, sound designer Fitz Patton and production stage manager Scott Taylor Rollison.

Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre is located at 305 West 43rd Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 246-4422 or visit 2ST.com.