Synopsis

Ethan is a hot young writer whose online journals of "sexcapades" are the buzz of the blogosphere. Olivia is an attractive 30-something whose own writing career never took off. They hook up, sex turns into dating and dating into something more complicated. A break-out hit at Steppenwolf’s 2009 First Look Repertory, Sex with Strangers explores what happens when our online and offline identities intersect.

Watch & Listen

  1. EXPLORE: The World of Sex with Strangers

    EXPLORE: The World of Sex with Strangers

  2. #054: Sally Murphy and Stephen Louis Grush on Sex with Strangers

    #054: Sally Murphy and Stephen Louis Grush on Sex with Strangers

  3. Stephen Louis Grush on Sex with Strangers

    Stephen Louis Grush on Sex with Strangers

  4. Sex with Strangers in Production

    Sex with Strangers in Production

  5. Sally Murphy on Sex with Strangers

    Sally Murphy on Sex with Strangers

  6. Sex with Strangers in Rehearsal

    Sex with Strangers in Rehearsal

  7. Steppenwolf

    Steppenwolf's 2010-2011 Season Theme

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Featured Ensemble Members

Reviews

“Lives up to its titillating title with a pitch-perfect story.”
– Chicago Sun Times

“Wry, wise and wonderfully humorous…a multi-faceted love story.”
– Chicago Examiner

“Sexy, smart, intimate, unpretentious.”
– Variety

“Arresting, involving and shrewdly self-aware…another provocative and timely play to emerge from Steppenwolf.”
– Chicago Tribune

“Savvy, funny, insightful… filled with snap-crackle-and-pop dialogue.”
- Chicago Sun Times

“Crackles with energy and wit."
- Newcity

Program Articles

Letter from Artistic Director on Sex with Strangers

Blogs and social networking sites are impacting the capacity for intimacy.

FIVE MINUTE WITH… Ensemble Member Sally Murphy.

A conversation with Ensemble Member Sally Murphy.

Unfreezing the Play

Director of Artistic Development Polly Carl continues the conversation about Sex with Strangers.

How We Come To Know Each Other

Artistic Director Martha Lavey Discusses Sex with Strangers with Playwright Laura Eason and Director Jessica Thebus.

The Public Lives of the Published

Fresh off the presses, here are the top four most intriguing literary love stories of today.

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