Sex With Strangers - Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Westport Playhouse - Sex with Strangers - Jessica Love, Chris Ghaffir _ bypchenot Laura Eason's contemporary dramatic play, Sex With Strangers at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut, is an on-the-mark brilliant portrayal of modern-day love and dating and resonates soundly with the "media age" where the internet is part of our daily lives, and its consequences are even more interesting. The play runs from September 26 - October 14, 2017, and is a "must-see."

 

Jessica Love, Chris Ghaffir - Sex with Strangers - Westport Country Playhouse - photo by C. Rosegg
Jessica Love (Olivia) and Chris Ghaffir (Ethan)
Sex With Strangers

The plot of Sex With Strangers - "Is the person you're lying with in bed lying to you online? Lust turns to sex, and dating turns to something more complicated when Ethan, a sexy young blogger-turned-bestselling-author, meets Olivia, an unpublished thirty-something novelist. This provocative new play follows the unexpected twists and turns of modern relations as ambitions turn dark and self-reinvention is just a click away."

With that introduction, we eagerly looked forward to seeing the play at the Westport Country Playhouse, which we did on October 3, 2017. Written by playwright Laura Eason, the play premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago in 2011.

 

Jessica Love, Chris Ghaffir - Sex with Strangers - Westport Country Playhouse - photo by C. Rosegg

Jessica Love (Olivia) and Chris Ghaffir (Ethan)

Sex With Strangers

Directed by Katherine M. Carter, Sex With Strangers has two characters, stunningly played to perfection by the talented Jessica Love as Olivia, and Chris Ghaffari as Ethan, whom we had the pleasure of seeing in the Westport Country Playhouse's performance of playwright Joe Orton's brilliantly funny, fast-paced play, What the Butler Saw. In Sex With Strangers, Chris Ghaffari proves his depth as an actor whom can easily transition from comedic to more dramatic roles.

 

Jessica Love, Chris Ghaffir - Sex with Strangers - Westport Country Playhouse - photo by C. Rosegg

Jessica Love (Olivia) and Chris Ghaffir (Ethan)
Sex With Strangers

Fast-paced, witty, yet often intense dialogue, and enough on-stage chemistry between Olivia and Ethan to heat the Westport Country Playhouse for the winter, Sex With Strangers is a play that kept us enthralled from start to finish. In a time where you can Google a name and "meet" and read about a person before you meet them, rather than the old-fashioned way of getting to know them over time, dating takes on another dimension where transparency not always produces desired results.

 

Jessica Love, Chris Ghaffir - Sex with Strangers - Westport Country Playhouse- photo by C. Rosegg

Jessica Love (Olivia) and Chris Ghaffir (Ethan)
Sex With Strangers

A beautiful set design by Edward T. Morris, lighting by Alan Edwards, and sound design by Beth Lake helped create a world in which we could escape for a few hours as we became engrossed in the play and the intertwining lives and plot twists of Olivia and Ethan. Sex With Strangers is a definite winner and a 2017 season must-see play!

 

Jessica Love, Chris Ghaffir - Sex with Strangers - Westport Country Playhouse - photo by B. Ysemerick

Jessica Love (Olivia) and Chris Ghaffir (Ethan)
Sex With Strangers

Performance Information:

Sex With Strangers Cast:

Chris Ghaffir

Ethan

Jessica Love

Olivia

The Creative Team:

Katherine M. Carter

Director

Laura Eason

Playwright

Edward T. Morris

Scenic Design

Caitlin Cisek

Costume Design

Alan Edwards

Lighting Design

Beth Lake

Sound Design

Karin White

Props Master

Tara Rubin Casting

Casting

Garrett Rollins

Production Stage Manager

Alice M. Pollitt

Assistant Stage Manager

Mark Lamos

Artistic Director

Michael Barker

Managing Director

Sex With Strangers performance schedule is Tuesday at 7:00 pm., Wednesday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Thursday and Friday at 8:00 pm., Saturday at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm. and Sunday at 3:00 pm. Special series feature Taste of Tuesday, LGBT Night OUT, Opening Night, Sunday Symposium, Open Captions, Thursday TalkBack, Together at the Table Family Dinner, Playhouse Happy Hour, and Backstage Pass.

For information on the play or to purchase tickets, please call the box office at 203-227-4177 or call the toll-free number at 888-927-7529, or visit them on the website at www.WestportPlayhouse.org.

The Westport Country Playhouse Box Office is open during Performance Days Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 pm until 8:30 pm, Saturday from 11:00 am until 8:30 pm, Sunday from 11:00 am until 3:30 pm, and is closed on Monday. Non-Performance Days, the Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm, and is closed on Monday.

The Westport Country Playhouse named as "Theatre Company of the Year" in December 2013 by The Wall Street Journal, opened in the 1930s in a transformed 1835 cow barn, which has, and continues to attract, a "who's who" of prominent actors. Looking at the framed posters of past shows that line the lobby walls was like entering an encyclopedia of the arts. A few of the many renowned actors who have appeared on the stage there include Ethyl Barrymore, Dorothy and Lillian Gish, Tallulah Bankhead, Gloria Swanson, Don Ameche, Hume Cronin and Jessica Tandy, Jane Fonda, Danny Aiello, Blythe Danner, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Dreyfus, Whoopi Goldberg, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Lynn Redgrave, Gene Wilder, and Westport residents Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman.

"Westport Country Playhouse, a not-for-profit theater, serves as a cultural nexus for patrons, artists and students and is a treasured resource for the State of Connecticut. There are no boundaries to the creative thinking for future seasons or the kinds of audiences and excitement for theater that Westport Country Playhouse can build."

For information on upcoming events and other performances, please visit the website: www.WestportPlayhouse.org.

Upcoming Performances - 2017

Plays 2017 Season

Dates Running

Sex with Strangers

September 26 - October 14, 2017

Romeo and Juliet

October 31 - November 19, 2017

Upcoming Performances - 2018

Plays 2018 Season

Dates Running

Flyin' West

May 29 - June 16, 2018

A Flea In Her Ear

July 10 - 28, 2018

The Understudy

August 14 - September 1, 2018

Man Of La Mancha

September 25 - October 13, 2018

Thousand Pines

October 30 - November 17, 2018

Westport Country Playhouse

 

Westport Country Playhouse

25 Powers Court

Westport, Connecticut 06880
United States

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