BY LAURA EASON
DIRECTED BY DAVID SCHWIMMER
WITH ANNA GUNN & BILLY MAGNUSSEN
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.
Approximate Run Time: 2 Hours including intermission
NOW PLAYING AT THE TONY KISER THEATRE
305 WEST 43RD ST. AT 8TH AVE
ANNA GUNN (Olivia) was recently nominated for her third consecutive Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Skyler White on AMC’s groundbreaking television series “Breaking Bad.” In addition to winning the 2013 Emmy for Best Supporting Actress, her performance also garnered her a 2014 Screen Actors Guild Nomination for Best Actress, and three consecutive nominations for Best Supporting Actress nominations for the Critic's Choice Television Award in 2012, 2013, and 2014. The cast of “Breaking Bad” was also honored with a 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series as well as the coveted Peabody Award in 2008. Gunn also created the role of 'Martha Bullock' in David Milch's seminal series "Deadwood" for HBO. Highlights of her film work include Enemy of the State,Nobody’s Baby opposite Gary Oldman, Kevin Smith's Red State and the independent film Sassy Pants (Best Supporting Actress nomination: Milan International Film Festival). Gunn has originated leading roles on the stage in Donald Margulies’Time Stands Still and Alan Alda’s Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie both directed by Daniel Sullivan (Geffen Playhouse). Other notable stage credits: The Rehearsal (Roundabout) directed by Nicholas Martin; Isabella in Measure for Measure (Ahmanson) directed by Sir Peter Hall; Hysteria (Mark Taper Forum) directed by Phyllida Lloyd; and Lucy Lockit in The Beggar’s Opera (Court Theatre, Chicago). Gunn will be seen this fall starring as 'Ellie Miller' in the highly-anticipated event series, “Gracepoint,” set to premiere during the 2014-2015 season on FOX.
BILLY MAGNUSSEN (Ethan) recently wrapped the feature film, Into the Woods, starring as Rapunzel’s Prince, directed by Rob Marshall to be released this Christmas. He was nominated for a 2013 Tony Award for his role of Spike in the Tony Award winning play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. His other theatre credits include The Ritz and Paper Dolls. Other feature film credits include starring roles in the films Twelve, directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts and Curtis (50 Cent) Jackson; Happy Tears, starring Demi Moore, Parker Posey and Rip Torn; and most recently, Damsels in Distress, directed by Whit Stillman and starring Greta Gerwig. His television credits include guest starring roles on “In Plain Sight,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order CI,” “The Unusuals,” “NCIS LA,” “CSI,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and a recurring role on the new series, “The Divide.” He is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a member of the rock band, Reserved for Rondee.
LAURA EASON (Playwright) is the author of twenty plays, both original works and adaptations, a musical book writer and a staff writer on season two of the Netflix show House Of Cards. Recent productions include The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer (Hartford Stage, CT; New Victory, NYC; People’s Light, PA; Actor’s Theatre, KY; KC Rep; St. Louis Rep; Denver Center), Around The World In 80 Days (also director, Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago; Baltimore Centerstage; additional productions at New Vic, UK; Lamb’s Theatre, CA), and Rewind (Side Project, Chicago). Other plays include The Vast In-Between (Denver Center commission), The Undeniable Sound Of Right Now (developed by Rattlestick Theatre and Rising Phoenix Rep, NYC) and Plainfield Ace (developed by Two River Theatre, Lookingglass, Theatre and Rattlestick Theatre, NYC). Days Like Today, with music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler, was commissioned by and will be produced by Writers’ Theatre, Chicago in 2014. Laura is a long-time Ensemble Member of Lookingglass Theatre (2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award) and served as the company’s Artistic Director for six years.
DAVID SCHWIMMER (Director) is co-founder of the Lookingglass Theatre Company of Chicago, where he has acted in and directed many productions for Lookingglass including Big Lake Big City, Trust, Our Town, West, The Master and Margarita,The Jungle, Eye of the Beholder, The Odyssey, The Idiot, Of One Blood and his adaptation of Studs Terkel's book, Race. He starred in the premieres of D Girl andTurnaround in Los Angeles, Glimmer Brothers in Williamstown, Some Girls in London, the revival of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial on Broadway, and Detroit at Playwrights Horizons. Schwimmer's notable television and film credits include The Iceman, Nothing But The Truth, Madagascar I, II, & III, Duane Hopwood, Big Nothing, Band of Brothers, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Six Days Seven Nights, Apt Pupil, The Pallbearer and the hit comedy series "Friends," for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. Television directing includes "Friends," the HBO series "Little Britain USA," and NBC's "Growing Up Fisher." Film directing includes Since You've Been Gone, Run Fat Boy Run and Trust starring Clive Owen, Catherine Keener and Viola Davis.
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The New York Times, Rob Weinert-Kendt | READ ARTICLE
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Finding the Balance in ‘Sex With Strangers’
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“THIS IS ONE ROMP YOU’LL WANT TO TAKE!”
4 NBC New York, Dave Quinn | READ FULL REVIEW
“A SLYLY WITTY AND JUICY SUMMER PLAY!”
The Daily News, Joe Dziemianowicz| READ FULL REVIEW
“SEXUALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY PROVOCATIVE AND A HELL OF A LOT OF FUN!”
The Hollywood Reporter, Frank Scheck | READ FULL REVIEW
“ANNA GUNN IS TERRIFIC! YOU CAN FEEL THE SEXUAL ELECTRICITY!”
New York Magazine, Jesse Green | READ FULL REVIEW
“BILLY MAGNUSSEN DELIVERS A MAGNETIC, HIGH-WATTAGE PERFORMANCE.”
The New York Times, Charles Isherwood | READ FULL REVIEW