San Diego Repertory Theatre announces cast & creative team for:
‘Sex with Strangers’
Written by Laura Eason
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
February 23 – March 19, 2017
(Press Opening: Wednesday, March 1, 2017)
SAN DIEGO – December 22, 2016 – San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) has announced their cast for the national hit “Sex with Strangers.” The widely acclaimed comedy, written by Laura Eason (“House of Cards”), will be directed by 2015 San Diego Critics Circle Director of the Year Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (“My Mañana Comes”). “Sex with Strangers” begins on Thursday, February 23, 2017 and plays through Sunday, March 19, 2017 with an opening night on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Lyceum Space Theatre at San Diego REP in Horton Plaza.
Olivia is an attractive, talented and under-appreciated mid-career writer just one big step away from success. Ethan is a hot young writer whose online journals about his "sexcapades" with strangers have become the buzz of the blogosphere. When these two are unexpectedly trapped in a secluded cabin during a winter storm, opposites attract. The chemistry is hot and the sex electric. A one-night-stand turns into dating and dating into something much more complicated. As their literary futures become intimately intertwined, both writers confront who they are, what they really want and how much they are willing to change to get it.
Taking on the role of Olivia will be San Diego veteran Lisel Gorell-Getz (“Detroit,” “The Exit Interview” at San Diego REP). Gorell-Getz, a staple on San Diego’s best stages, was most recently seen touring around the county in The Old Globe’s Globe for All production of “Measure for Measure.” Opposite Gorell-Getz in the role of Ethan will be Connor Sullivan (“The Metromaniacs” at The Old Globe, “4000 Miles” at ion). Sullivan is coming fresh off of Moxie Theatre’s run of “The Kid Thing,” reuniting with Sonnenberg, Moxie’s Executive Artistic Director.
"I am thrilled to continue our multi-decade artistic relationship with the supremely talented Delicia Turner Sonnenberg,” says Sam Woodhouse, San Diego REP Artistic Director. “Her special skill at unlocking the theatricality of intimate and provocative contemporary drama is perfectly suited for the delicious new comedy ‘Sex with Strangers.’"
The creative team includes Brian Redfern (Scenic Designer), Anastasia Pautova (Costume Designer), Sherrice Mojgani (Lighting Designer), Kevin Anthenill (Sound Designer), Bernardo Mazon (Assistant Director), Shelley Orr (Dramaturg), Heather Brose (Stage Manager), Annika Tinsley (Assistant Stage Manager) and Jacole Kitchen (Casting Director).
Laura Eason (Playwright) is the author of twenty plays, original work and adaptations, a musical book writer and screenwriter. Selected productions include “Sex with Strangers” (Second Stage, NYC; Signature Theatre, DC; Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago; Sydney Theatre, AU; published by Overlook Press); “The Undeniable Sound of Right Now” (Rattlestick Theatre and Women’s Project Theatre, NYC; Rising Phoenix Rep, NYC); “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (published by DPS) and “Around the World in 80 Days” (New Vic and Royal Exchange, UK; published by Broadway Play Publishing). She wrote the book for the musicals “Days Like Today,” music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler (Writers Theatre, Chicago) and “Summerland,” music by Jenny Giering, lyrics by Sean Barry (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre commission). Additional plays include: “The Vast In-Between,” “Remarkable Invisible,” “Every Reason to Hope and Believe,” “40 Days,” “Plainfield Ace” and an adaptation of “Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates,” among others. As a screenwriter, Laura wrote on seasons two and three of the Emmy-winning Netflix show “House of Cards.” She is an Ensemble Member and former Artistic Director of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre (2011 Regional Tony Award). In New York, she is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep, New Georges and a Women’s Project Playwright’s Lab alumna.
Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (Director) is the founding Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre. Before MOXIE, Delicia worked as Artistic Associate of San Diego Repertory Theatre as a part of the Theatre Communications Group’s New Generations Program: Future Leaders. Some San Diego directing credits include: MOXIE Theatre: “The Butcher of Baraboo” (co-director), “Bleeding Kansas,” “The Listener,” “Bluebonnet Court,” “Rhubarb or How to Play With a Rollergirl,” “The Treatment,” “Pulp,” “Gibson Girl,” “Dog Act,” and “Kimberly Akimbo.” San Diego REP: “The Good Body,” “Miss Witherspoon,” “Intimate Apparel,” and “Proof” (co-director with Sam Woodhouse). Cygnet Theatre: “Fences.” New Village Arts Theatre: “Hamlet” and “Prelude to a Kiss.” Diversionary Theatre: “Fit to be Tied,” “Bluebonnet Court,” and “Pulp.” 6th @ Penn Theatre: “Sophocles' Antigone,” “Euripides’ Children of Heracles” translated by Marianne MacDonald. Honors and awards include: San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel awards, Patte awards, a Women's International Center Living Legacy Award, The Des McAnuff New Visions Award for Risk Taking Leadership from the San Diego Critics Circle and a SD Playbill Billie award. Delicia was twice a recipient of the Van Lier Directing Fellowship through Second Stage Theatre in New York, and is an alumna of the New York Drama League’s Directors Program. Delicia is married to designer Jerry Sonnenberg and proud mama of August and Zoë.
“Sex with Strangers”
Written by Laura Eason
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
Previews: Thursday, February 23 – Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Opening Night: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Closing Night: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Cast (in order of appearance)
Lisel Gorell-Getz as “Olivia”
Connor Sullivan as “Ethan”
Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, Director
Brian Redfern, Scenic Designer
Anastasia Pautova, Costume Designer
Sherrice Mojgani, Lighting Designer
Kevin Anthenill, Sound Designer
Bernardo Mazon, Assistant Director
Shelley Orr, Dramaturg
Heather Brose, Stage Manager
Annika Tinsley, Assistant Stage Manager
· Thursday, February 23 at 8 p.m.
· Friday, February 24 at 8 p.m.
· Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m.
· Sunday, February 26 at 7 p.m.
· Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m.
· Wednesday, March 1 at 7 p.m.
· Thursday, March 2 at 8 p.m.
· Friday, March 3 at 8 p.m.
· Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m.
· Sunday, March 5 2 p.m.
· Sunday, March 5 at 7 p.m.
· Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m.
· Thursday, March 9 at 8 p.m.
· Friday, March 10 at 8 p.m.
· Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m.
· Saturday, March 11 at 8 p.m.
· Sunday, March 12 at 2 p.m.
· Wednesday, March 15 at 7 p.m.
· Thursday, March 16 at 8 p.m.
· Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m.
· Saturday, March 18 at 4 p.m.
· Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m.
· Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m.
· Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Tickets range from $40 to $67 and can be purchased in-person at the San Diego REP Box Office, by calling 619.544.1000, or online at sdrep.org. Active military, teacher and senior discounts are available. Student tickets are available for all performances for just $20 each. Prices and dates subject to change.
San Diego Repertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101-6144
San Diego REP patrons may now park in the 225 Broadway Building (formerly the NBC Building) parking garage. Parking information will be sent upon purchase.
About San Diego Repertory Theatre
San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. Founded in 1976, San Diego Repertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values and celebrates the multiple voices of our region. The company produces and hosts over 550 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. Since moving to the Lyceum, The REP has produced 45 main stage productions by Latino playwrights, and more than 40 world premieres. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented The REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.” San Diego Repertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego Repertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit www.sdrep.org. Join us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/sandiegorep) and follow us on Twitter (@SanDiegoREP).
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