Following its acclaimed, sold-out run earlier this season as part of Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival, playwright Brandt Johnson’s JUST SEX will return to Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue) for a limited Off-Broadway engagement. Preview performances of JUST SEX begin March 22 prior to an official press opening of March 27. Alex Kilgore (founding Artistic Director of stageFARM – OLIVER PARKER!, THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE, VENGEANCE) directs.
What are the moral boundaries of cybersex? What’s the difference between pixels and flesh? In JUST SEX, a brisk new comedy by Brandt Johnson, Katherine and William are in lust with other people — but married to each other. Unwilling to cheat, they open their marriage, log on, and get off. They confront frequent, hilarious reminders that extramarital escapades can lead to much more than just sex. What begins as a simple online exercise in physical release becomes a complex, real-life challenge to the couple’s notions of normalcy, love, and fidelity.
Directed by Alex Kilgore, the cast of JUST SEX will feature Brandt Johnson, Alex Kilgore, Tasha Lawrence and Meghan Miller.
As Founding Artistic Director of the Off-Broadway company the stageFARM, Alex Kilgore conceived, commissioned and directed 2008’s SPIN series (Gina Gionfriddo, Elizabeth Meriwether, Adam Rapp, Mark Schultz, and Judith Thompson), as well as 2007’s VENGEANCE series (Neena Beber, Ron Fitzgerald, Gina Gionfriddo, Julian Sheppard, and Francine Volpe). Mr. Kilgore also directed the world premiere of David Folwell’s DRUG BUDDY for the stageFARM at Cherry Lane and produced Off-Broadway premieres of Elizabeth Meriwether’s OLIVER PARKER!, Mark Schultz’s THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE (Drama League Award - Bobby Cannavale), and Gina Gionfriddo’s U.S. DRAG. His acting credits include: the U.S. premieres of David Folwell’s BOISE (Rattlestick - 2004 Outer Critics Circle Nomination), Philip Ridley's THE PITCHFORK DISNEY (Blue Light Theater Co.), REFUGE by Jessica Goldberg, and LOST HIGHWAY (as Hank Williams).
Tasha Lawrence’s Broadway credits: WILDER, WILDER, WILDER (Tony nomination), GOOD PEOPLE (Manhattan Theatre Club), and PROOF (national tour). Other credits include: Sam Hunter's THE WHALE (Denver Center), Keith Reddin's HUMAN ERROR (City Theatre), Daisy Foote's BHUTAN (Cherry Lane), DANGEROUS LIAISONS (Huntington Theatre), Craig Wright's THE PAVILION (Rattlestick), BETRAYAL (Northern Stage), BAD DATES (City Theatre), THE DIRECTOR (Arclight Theatre), JUNE MOON (Drama Department), HE SHE THEM (Shubert Theatre), George F. Walker's SUBURBAN MOTEL (Rattlestick Theatre). Film and Television: Hangnail (Slamdance, 2011), Romance and Cigarettes (John Turturro), all the “Law and Orders,” “Third Watch” (recurring), “Deadline,” “Kevin Hill,” “Royal Pains,” “All My Children,” “Loving,” and “The Line” (Gemini, ACTRA nominations, best actress).
JUST SEX is Brandt Johnson’s second play to be produced. He performed his first play, a solo show called GIVE AND GO: LEARNING FROM LOSING TO THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS, at FringeNYC 2007 and again at New York's Metropolitan Playhouse in 2010. Mr. Johnson’s other acting credits include Walt Disney’s Broadway workshop of HOOPZ, directed by Savion Glover and Kenny Leon; the Off-Broadway production of THE PITCHFORK DISNEY (Blue Light Theater Co.); and the workshop of JOE FEARLESS with Matthew Broderick and Rosie Perez.
Meghan Miller was last seen on stage in the play HAUNTED HOUSE at the Irish Repertory Theatre. She is also a member of the all-girl vaudeville punk trio The Bambi Killers.
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THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.
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