Sex with Strangers

Sex with Strangers

by Laura Eason
directed by Greg Hellems

February 1 – 18, 2018

Failed novelist Olivia meets Ethan, a celebrated (and much younger) writer made famous by his sexcapade tell-all blog, at a snowbound bed and breakfast, and their mutual attraction quickly gets hot and heavy. As a weekend tryst develops into a long-term romance, their personal and professional lives collide. Ethan seeks legitimacy, dismissing his bad boy reputation as nothing more than an invented character. Olivia has her doubts, but craves for the literary fame Ethan can offer her. Ambition, identity and trust are in play when online personas clash with real world expectations in this smart, steamy take on modern love.

“A sexy romantic comedy strictly for grown-upsa bodice ripper with a brain.”
–The Washington Post

Please note this production contains partial nudity and strong language.

On sale now

Performance Schedule

  • Sun
  • Mon
  • Tue
  • Wed
  • Thu
  • Fri
  • Sat
  • Sun Feb 18
  • MonFeb 19
  • MonFeb 20
  • MonFeb 21
  • MonFeb 22
  • MonFeb 23
  • MonFeb 24

Special Performance Legend


Thursday night Preview Performance


Inside Track pre-show discussion, begins in the Loft lobby at 7:15 pm


Opening Night with post-show cast party in the Loft lobby


Sawbuck Sunday, all available seats just $10 at the door starting 2 hours prior to performance


Lite Fare food and drink available for sale in the Loft lobby starting at 5:30 pm


Audio Described / Sign Interpreted performance (available with two weeks notice)


Talk Back: “While We’re on the Subject” post-show discussion (following the matinee performance)

Creative Team

Laura Eason • Playwright

Laura Eason • Playwright

Laura Eason is the author of 20 plays, original work and adaptation, 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 (Hartford Stage, CT; New Victory, NYC; People’s Light, PA; Actor’s Theatre, KY; KC Rep; St. Louis Rep; Denver Center, published by DPS), and Around the World in 80 Days (New Vic and Royal Exchange, UK; Lookingglass Theatre; Baltimore Centerstage; 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 (Denver Center commission, also developed by the Vineyard, NYC), Remarkable Invisible (Ambassador Theatre Group commission), Every Reason to Hope and Believe (Repertory of St. Louis commission), 40 Days (NEA grant, developed by New York Theatre Workshop and Lookingglass Theatre Company), Plainfield Ace (developed by Two River Theatre, NJ and Atlantic Theatre Company, NYC) and an adaptation of Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates (Arden Theatre commission), 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. More information available at or @LeasonNYC on twitter.

Greg Hellems • Director

Greg Hellems • Director

Bio to come.