Rebel and Misfits Productions Brings “Sex with Strangers” to St. Louis
Rebel and MIsfits Productions announces “Sex with Strangers,” its first project in a new series called “An Intimate Theatre Project.” The provocative and timely play comes from Laura Eason of House of Cards, and will be directed by New York City’s Michelle Bossy. The event runs March 30 through April 15 at a private home, at 4632 McPherson Avenue, in the Central West End. Starting nightly at 8p.m., each performance will seat a small, intimate audience of approximately 50 people.
“With ‘An Intimate Theatre Project,’ I’m sourcing some of the most honest and raw plays out there right now, beginning with ‘Sex with Strangers,’ and looking to set them amongst a very small audience,” said Kelly Hummert, Artistic Director of Rebel and Misfits. “I want those in attendance to feel like voyeurs, flies on the wall, and totally overwhelmed by the content and proximity to the players. The atmosphere is intimate, and the acting isn’t presentation but rather subtle with a focus on total realism. We want attendees to feel that this subject matter is difficult to watch, sexy and voyeuristic in nature. If you don’t feel a little uncomfortable, we aren’t doing it right.”
“Sex with Strangers” incubated at Chicago’s Steppenwolf theatre in 2009 and had successful runs at Second Stage Theatre in New York, Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and The Hampstead in London. It was one of the top 10 produced plays in 2015 and 2016, receiving more than 30 productions in the United States and also internationally. Rebel and Misfit’s production will be the St Louis premier of the show.
As Laura Eason explains her play, “How far will you go to get what you want? Will you be the same person if you do? When twenty-something star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure novelist Olivia, he finds they crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, and they inch closer to getting what they want, both most confront the dark side of ambition and the trouble of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away.”
The small two-person cast features New York’s Christopher Tipp at Ethan and Kelly Hummert as Olivia. Both were recently featured in Rebel and Misfit’s immersive theatre production of “Hamlet: See What I See.” There, they played loving siblings, Laertes and Ophelia, whereas now they play complicated lovers.
Tickets for “Sex with Strangers” are currently on sale via Metrotix (http://www.metrotix.com/events/detail/strangers). Admission is $25 (reduced to $10 for college students with valid photo ID). Doors open at 7:30p.m. with a hard start at 8p.m. All attendees must be age 18+. More information is available at www.anintimatetheatreproject.com.
Rebel and Misfits Productions is a St Louis-based theatre company founded by actor, artistic director and producer Kelly Hummert.