Single tickets available online, in person at the Box Office, or by calling 414-291-7800.
Approximate run time: 2 hours with one, 10 minute intermission.
When frustrated forty-ish novelist, Olivia, meets fast-talking, twenty-something, blogger and memoirist, Ethan – known more for his sexual prowess than his prose – she worries that she will become just another chapter in his little black book.
Their funny and passionate union blurs the lines between rewrites, romance and royalties – proving you can’t judge a book by its author.
SEX WITH STRANGERS was one of America’s top ten most produced plays from 2014-2016. In addition to playwriting, Laura Eason is also a producer/writer for the Emmy Award-winning series House of Cards.
Renaissance Theaterworks has teamed up with local movement and fight designer, Christopher Elst, as the show's Intimacy Designer, along with International Intimacy Designer and Consultant, Tonia Sina, to bring new meaning to "safe sex" on stage. This team is dedicated to working with Director, Mallory and cast, Marti & Nick, to bring Laura Eason's story to life while ensuring the actors are comfortable and that the audience is intrigued.
"...creating safe places for dangerous work"
- Founder of Intimacy Directors International, Tonia Sina in an interview about Intimacy Design with WUWM Lake Effect
"There's no risk of it being over the line or under the line each night, because we know exactly what's going to happen."
- Director, Mallory Metoxen & Intimacy Designer, Christopher Elst in an interview about SEX WITH STRANGERS' intimate moments, with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"...sex is imminent and we're all going to feel it as audience members."
- Director, Mallory Metoxen in an interview with Wisconsin Gazette
"Intimacy is really sharing. I think people translate intimacy as a physical thing, and it's not just that, so it's giving us the room and the time to be comfortable being intimate."
- Actor, Marti Gobel in an interview with OnMilwaukee
More information about Intimacy Design available at www.intimacydirectorsinternational.com
Preview Performances; be the first to see the show! Oct 20 at 7:30pm & Oct 21 at 4pm.
Opening Night! Join us for the post-show Cast Party in the Second Floor Bar & Bistro! All are welcome to attend this FREE event. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Beverages available for purchase.
Two-Day Book Fair Event on Oct 28 from 3pm-10pm & Oct 29 from 1-5pm. Join us as we turn up the romance with fourteen Wisconsin-based authors and member from the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America (WiscRWA) and Red Oak Writing. Genres featured at the Book Fair include romance, non-fiction, short stories, and more.
Play Club - The book club for theater-lovers! Interested in learning more about Play Club? Click Here!
Pay What You Can performance on Monday, Oct 30 at 7:30pm.
Wednesday Nights @ RTW - Wine Wednesdays! Enjoy a FREE glass of wine with your Wednesday night ticket AND engage with our creative team at Wednesday Night Insights. Pre-show talk at 6:45pm on Nov 1 and post-show talkbacks on Oct 25 & Nov 8.
Director - Mallory Metoxen
Olivia - Marti Gobel*
Ethan - Nick Narcisi
Stage Manager - Martinque Barthel*
Costume Design - Kristina Sneshkoff
Sound Design - Megen Henninger~
Props Design - Melissa Centgraf
Scenic Design - Sarah E. Ross~
Lighting Design - Marisa Abbott
Intimacy Design - Christopher Elst
Intimacy Consultant - Tonia Sina
Technical Director - Anthony Lyons
* member of Actors' Equity Association
~Member of United Scenic Artist