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ATC: “Sex With Strangers”

September 24, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - October 11, 2015 @ 10:00 pm MST

Arizona Theatre Company, in a special collaboration with Stray Cat Theatre, will present Laura Eason’s new comedy about the calculations people are making to find love or fame in an age of social media, brightly-lit phone screens and blogging. Sex With Strangers plays Sept. 24-Oct. 11 in Stage West at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe.

Directed by Stray Cat Theatre Artistic Director Ron May, The Washington Post called Sex With Strangers “a bodice-ripper with a brain.” Olivia, played by Heather Lee Harper, is snowbound in a Michigan bed and breakfast where she’s working on her novel when she opens the door to a handsome younger man, played by Tyler Eglen. Opposites instantly attract, undeniable chemistry ignites and sex is imminent. As dawn rises, however, what could have been just a one-night stand transforms into something much more complicated.

According to May, “This kind of exposure for Stray Cat as we launch into our 14th season is incredibly exciting. And to be able to do it with this play – one of off-Broadway’s biggest hits last season – is even more thrilling. Audiences are in for a seriously hot, thrilling ride.”

A collaboration between Arizona Theatre Company and Tempe’s Stray Cat Theatre, one of Arizona’s leading indie theatre companies, Sex With Strangers is the first of what ATC Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein expects to be an ongoing series of partnerships “with our superb smaller independent colleagues on projects to give their diverse, exciting work more statewide exposure while bringing a wider range of theatrical works to our audiences.” Sex With Strangers will play ATC’s Tucson home at the Temple of Music and Art next February.

Single ticket prices are $21-$61. Season-ticket packages are available by visiting or calling the Arizona Theatre Company Box Office at (602) 256-6995.

Sex With Strangers will be followed by Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin (Oct. 8-25); Hershey Felder’s Great American Songbook Sing-Along (Oct. 25); the Arizona premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s scintillating hit Broadway play, Disgraced (Nov. 12-29) Stephen Schwartz’s new musical, Snapshots: A Musical Songbook (Dec. 30-Jan. 17, 2016); August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Fences (Feb. 11-28); John Steinbeck’s classic tale of friendship in hard circumstances, Of Mice and Men (March 31-April 17) and the witty Arizona premiere of Scott Carter’s new play, The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord (May 5-22).

For more information call (602) 256-6995 or visit


September 24, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
October 11, 2015 @ 10:00 pm


Arizona Theatre Co. Phoenix (ATC)
(602) 256-6995


Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe
Phoenix, AZ United States
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