Sex with Strangers | 2016-2017 Season

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Sex with Strangers

Apr 13 – Apr 30

BUY
Written by Laura Eason
Directed by Rachel Lampert
In partnership with the Kitchen Theatre Company, Ithaca, NY
Scenic Design by  David L. Arsenault
Costume Design by Lisa Boquist
Lighting Design by Tyler M. Perry
Original Music & Sound Design by  Sergey Levitskiy
Stage Manager Stephie Kesselring

 

A raging snowstorm traps Olivia, a frustrated 39-year-old novelist, in a secluded cabin with Ethan, a tech-savvy, successful and attractive twenty-something blogger who has gained fame writing about his many one-night stands. Undeniable chemistry ignites into a night of passion between these two opposites and what could have just been a one-night-stand transforms into something more complicated. Online exploits interfere with real-life connection in this smart, funny and sensual drama, proving that you can’t judge book by its author.

 

DARIAN DAUCHAN

Ethan

DARIAN DAUCHAN makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in Sex with Strangers. He is an award-winning solo performer, actor, poet, writer, and musician who has appeared on both Broadway (Twentieth Century starring Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche) and Off-Broadway theatre (Jean Cocteau Rep., Classical Theatre of Harlem). TV and film credits include “Law & Order,” Nickelodeon’s “Bet the House,” as Darian the “SoundFX” Guy, and the Lionsgate feature film Things Never Said. He was a member of the 2006 National Poetry Slam Team for the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe, was crowned the 2007 Urbana Grand Slam Champion for the Bowery Poetry Club, was a 2008 Nuyorican Grand Slam Finalist, and was the 2009 New Word Artist for Urban Word NYC in conjunction with the Dance Theatre Workshop now known as New York Live Arts.  He was also the 2012 winner of The Jerome Foundation’s Stakeholder’s Choice Award and one of his most recent shows Death Boogie, a multimedia Hip Hop Poetry Musical, was the 2012 winner of two Edinburgh Fringe Festival Musical Theatre Matters Awards for BEST New Music and BEST Innovation of a Musical. His solo shows include Fallen Patriots (NYC Fringe); Texaco’s Last Stand (Ohio Theatre/ IGNITE Festival); Media Madness (Kitchen Theatre Company); Entertainer’s Eulogy which had limited engagements at Menphis’ Playhouse on the Square, Kitchen Theatre Company, LA’s Whitefire Solo Theatre Festival and Theatre ROW (United Solo Festival); Voice Power (Arts for All’s Audience Project Tour) and Obamatry: A Spoken Word Remix on the 44th President of the United States of America (Under St. Marks Theater, SPKRBOX Festival, Norway) originally presented by Horse Trade Theater Group in conjunction with the Bowery Arts and Science. Black Sheep, his fifth solo show, was commissioned by the Kitchen Theatre Company and placed third for Best Play at the 2015 Downtown Urban Theater Festival. He is a Teaching Artist for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and a Mentor for Urban Word NYC, a grassroots non-profit organization that provides free, safe, uncensored and ongoing writing and performance opportunities for NYC teens. His band, The Mighty Third Rail, were 2015 American Music Abroad Finalists for the U.S. State Department, and in 2014 performed at SPKRBOX, the first Hip Hop Theater Festival in Norway. He is the 2016 Loop Station Vice Champion of the American Beatbox Championships and is currently developing The Brobot Johnson Project, a Sci Fi Hip Hop transmedia piece, with the support of the All For One Theater. The album Brobot Johnson: Bionic Boom Bap is now available on iTunes, and the web series, “The New Adventures of Brobot Johnson” can be watched at www.brobotjohnson.com

LEEANNE HUTCHISON

Olivia

LEEANNE HUTCHISON makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in Sex With Strangers. Off-Broadway credits include the premiere of Septimus and Clarissa; the premiere of Sam’s Romance/Rose and Alas, The Nymphs at BAM. Regional credits include August: Osage County for Arkansas Rep; Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire at West Virginia Public Theater; Clybourne Park at Arkansas Rep; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune for Shaker Bridge Theatre, NH; Don Juan at the McCarter Theater; The Underpants at White Heron Theatre, Nantucket; A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Hamptons’ Shakespeare FestivalAR Gurney’s Family Furniture at the White Heron Theatre; the premiere of American Stare at NJ Rep and Psyche directed by Ralph Lee.  Off-Off Broadway credits include Ibsen’s Ghosts; Stoppard’s Dogg’s Hamlet; Cahoot’s Macbeth at the Phoenix Ensemble; Orpheus for HERE; Innocents at RipeTime Theater; the world premiere of The Third Policeman  at LaMaMa; The Odyssey ProjectOur Country’s Good  for Culture Project; The Recruiting Officer at NY Classical Theatre; the premiere of Full Bloom by Suzanne Bradbeer; Body Sketch  for NYTW; I Want What You Have for The Women’s Project and Death in Vacant Lot! for South Wing Theatre Co.  Feature Films include One Fall directed by Marcus Dean Fuller and Brewsie & Willie (Rocam Productions).  Ms. Hutchison hails from Athens, Georgia, graduated from Smith College, has received the Bowden Award from New Dramatists (NYC), and is a proud member of The Actors Center Workshop Company, Ripe Time, Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA. She currently appears as Diane Harrison in “The Other F Word” (Amazon, Season 1 and upcoming in Season 2). Thanks to Grant, Mama, Sisters, Everyone at the Kitchen, and Laura Eason for writing such a great play.

LAURA EASON

Playwright

LAURA EASON is among the most-produced living playwrights in the United States and Sex with Strangers one of the top ten most-produced plays in the 2015-16 American regional theatre season. Ms. Eason is the author of 20 plays, original works, and adaptations, as well as being a musical book writer and screenwriter. Selected productions include The Undeniable Sound of Right NowThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Around the World in 80 Days. As a screenwriter, Laura wrote on seasons two and three of the Emmy-winning Netflix show “House Of Cards.” She is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep, an Affiliated Artist of New Georges and an alumna of the Women’s Project Playwright’s Lab. She is an active ensemble member and former Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, recipient of the 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Ms. Eason is a graduate of the Performance Studies Department of Northwestern University. Originally from Chicago, she lives in Brooklyn, NY. More information available at lauraeason.com.

RACHEL LAMPERT

Director

RACHEL LAMPERT makes her Geva Theatre Center directing debut with Sex With Strangers. Kitchen Theatre Company director credits include Sex With Strangers, Hand to God, Frankie & Johnny in the Clare de Lune, Miss Julie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Glass Menagerie, The Price, Our Town, Our David, Broke-ology, Swimming in the Shallows, A Delicate Balance, Talley’s Folley, Master Class, Lonely Planet, Venus in Fur among others. A My Name is Alice (Arkansas Rep), Falsettos, The Sisters Rosensweig, Sweeney Todd (Hangar Theatre), Swimming in the Shallows (Cal Rep), West Side Story, Gypsy and Fiddler on the Roof (Mill Mountain Theatre).

DAVID L. ARSENAULT

Scenic Designer

DAVID L. ARSENAULT returns to Geva where he designed the sets for The Lake Effect. Previous Kitchen Theatre Company productions presented here include Black Pearl Sings!, A Body of Water and Dancing Lessons. Select NYC credits include Peer Gynt (Classic Stage Company), A Better Place (The Duke), Sense of an Ending (59E59) NY Times Critic’s Picks Handle with Care (Westside Theatre), The Awake (59E59), and Long Story Short (Prospect).  International credits include English Theatre Berlin, Germany. Regionally, Mr. Arsenault’s work has been seen at Bay Street Theatre, Opera North, Weston Playhouse, Dorset Theatre Festival, Northern Stage, Hangar Theatre, Merry Go Round Playhouse, Gulfshore Playhouse, Urban Arias, Bucks County Playhouse, and others. Broadway (Associate): The Color Purple (revival), Les Liaisons DangereusesKing Charles IIIConstellations, and Disaster! In 2011, he was nominated for the American Theatre Wing’s Hewes Award for his design of First Prize (kef Productions). He is a member of United Scenic Artists 829. Mr. Arsenault trained at Ithaca College.  www.DavidArsenaultDesign.com

TYLER M. PERRY

Lighting Designer

TYLER M. PERRY returns to Geva Theatre Center where he designed the lighting for last season’s Kitchen Theatre Company production of Dancing Lessons. A NYC-based lighting and scenic designer, he received Kitchen Theatre Company’s 2013-14 Norma Fire Emerging Artist award. Kitchen Theatre Company favorites include Peter and the Starcatcher, The Soup Comes Last, I and You, Thin Walls, The House, Venus in Fur, OpusSlashes of Light, What I Thought I Knew, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Whipping Man, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de  Lune, among others. NYC credits include Schooled (FringeNYC, Time Out New York’s Critics’ pick); The Wild Party, The Adding Machine and A Man of No Importance for b-side Productions. Regional credits include Trick or Treat for Northern Stage; Avenue Q (2016 RI BroadwayWorld Award-Winner), Damn Yankees for Ocean State Theatre Co.; The Fantasticks, Hairspray, Smokey Joe’s Cafe for Hope Summer Repertory Theatre; Urinetown, The 39 StepsStage KissLend Me A Tenor, Into the Woods for Cider Mill Playhouse. TV and Web credits include Garbage Time with Katie NolanAOPA LiveMonumental Sports Network (Infinite Designs). Broadway (Assistant) credits include Miss Saigon (2017 revival); Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (National Tour). Mr. Perry earned his B.F.A. from Ithaca College. Member: United Scenic Artists Local 829. www.tylermperrydesign.com

SERGEY LEVITSKIY

Original Music/Sound Design

SERGEY LEVITSKIY makes his Geva Theatre Center debut with the Kitchen Theatre Company production of Sex with Strangers. He is an interdisciplinary artist, based in Ithaca, NY, working in a variety of media, including sound and animation. He received his B.F.A. from Cornell University in 2016 where he studied electroacoustic composition, musical improvisation and visual arts. His theatre design involvement began in 2016 when he worked on The Cherry Arts productions of Bitter Banquet and The Show Queen. Aside from having a blast designing sound for this production of Sex with Strangers, he is also currently working on Life Sentence, a play set to premiere at Schwartz Center in April, and What Happens Next, a forthcoming Cherry Arts production.

LISA BOWQUIST

Costume Designer

LISA BOQUIST has designed and coordinated costumes for previous Kitchen Theatre Company productions of Dancing Lessons, A Body of Water and Black Pearl Sings! at Geva Theatre Center. Kitchen Theatre Company credits include Precious Nonsense, Thin Walls, A Body of Water, Lungs, Black Pearl Sings!, Heroes, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Whipping Man, Circle Mirror Transformation, Irma Vep, Red Light Winter, Broke-ology and Waiting For Spring. Other favorite designs at the Kitchen include Mary’s Wedding, Bed and Sofa, Last Train To Nibroc, I Become A Guitar, and Nine Parts Of Desire. She runs her own studio, where she designs and constructs prototypes, mascots and custom clothing for film and public appearances. She has been the Textiles Coordinator and Design Associate for MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd., and presently runs the costume shop at Cornell University. There she is responsible for training students in all aspects of costume construction, and has designed costumes for: Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Beat Box Bard, Bedroom Farce, and Drama, Dance And The Disco Of Desire, among others.

KITCHEN THEATRE COMPANY, ITHACA, NY

Production Originator

KITCHEN THEATRE COMPANY, ITHACA, NY

Rachel Lampert, Artistic Director

Kitchen Theatre Company is celebrating its 26th Season.  Located in a LEED certified newly renovated building, KTC’s intimate 99-seat thrust stage space invites a bold relationship between the actors and the audience. An anchor of Ithaca’s thriving West End, Kitchen Theatre Company is an Equity theatre with performances running for 10 months a year from September to June.  The production of Sex With Strangers by Mark St. Germain marks the fourth production originating at KTC to be seen by Geva Theatre Center audiences. Previous productions include Dancing Lessons by Mark St. Germain, A Body of Water by Lee Blessing and Black Pearl Sings! by Frank Higgins. Kitchen Theatre Company has commissioned new work by playwrights Adam Bock, Brian Dykstra and produced the world premieres and first full productions of plays by Judy Tate, Wendy Dann, Rachel Axler, Francesca Saunders, Tanya Barfield, Deb Margolin, Alexander Thomas, Brian Parks, world premiere musicals by Rachel Lampert and Larry Pressgrove and original musicals for general audiences by Lesley Greene and Rachel Lampert.   Plays and musicals originating at the Kitchen have been produced at 59e59th Street Theatre in NYC (The Soup Comes Last by Rachel Lampert and A Play On Words by Brian Dykstra), New York Musical Theatre Festival and theaters around the country. Kitchen Theatre Company is committed to new and recent work fully reflecting the diversity of the community, and to selecting plays that reach its branding “important conversations happen in the Kitchen”.  More information about the Kitchen is available at www.kitchentheatre.org or 607 272-0403.

For Kitchen Theatre Company

Rachel Lampert, Artistic Director

Stephen Nunley, Managing Director

Lesley Greene, Associate Producing Director

Production Stage Manager, Jennifer Schilansky

Technical Director, Brendan Komala

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