REBEL AND MISFITS PRODUCTIONS is thrilled to announce Sex With Strangers, the first play in a series called An Intimate Theatre Project, which will run in tandem with The Immersive Theatre Project. This production, directed by New York City’s Michelle Bossy, with a run from March 30th 2017 through April 15th 2017, will take place at 4632 McPherson Avenue, in a private home. With room at each show for around 50 people, we will welcome our small audiences at 7:30PM, with a hard start at 8:00PM.
Kelly Hummert, Artistic Director of REBEL AND MISFITS PRODUCTIONS, is creating both immersive and intimate theatrical experiences for St. Louis audiences in diverse and unusual locations, inviting audiences to enjoy a new, daring way to experience theatre. She explains “Immersive Theatre is a way to explore plays in another light. Destroying the line between actors and spectators thrills me. When you jump into this world, you become completely invested in the story. With An Intimate Theatre Project, I am sourcing some of the most honest and raw plays and setting them amongst a small audience, so they feel the overwhelmed by the content and proximity to the players.”
For the first production, she has chosen Laura Eason’s provocative and timely Sex With Strangers, which was incubated at Steppenwolf and later enjoyed a run at the famed Chicago Theater, played at The Geffen in LA, and had a highly successful production at Second Stage in New York City. Currently, it is being produced at The Hampstead in London. This will be the Saint Louis premiere of the show.
As Ms. Eason suggests, “How far will you go to get what you want? Will you be the same person if you do? When twenty-something star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure novelist Olivia, he finds they crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, and the inch closer to getting what they want, both must confront the dark side of ambition and the trouble of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away.”
The small cast features New York’s Christopher Tipp as Ethan, and Kelly Hummert as Olivia. Both were recently featured as Laertes and Ophelia in REBEL AND MISFITS’ Hamlet: See What I See. They played loving siblings. Here, they play complicated lovers. Michelle Bossy is a Mexican-American theater director and filmmaker dedicated to bringing original, new work to the stage and screen. She directed the short films 18 (world premiere, Austin Film Festival), written by Courtney Baron; She Grinds Her Own Coffee (New York Short Film Festival), written by Cheri Magid; and The New 35, written by Leslie Korein. Recently Michelle collaborated with Maria Alexandria Beech on TeleMAMAS, a new web series.
Theater projects Michelle has directed include Every Good Girl Deserves Fun by Heidi Armbruster, Sex of the Baby by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Cloven Tongues by Victor Lesniewski, Un Plugged In by Brian Pracht, South Beach Rapture by David Caudle, and Sarajevo’s Child by Katie Simon, amongst many other new plays. She directed the world premiere of Little Monsters by Maria Alexandria Beech, and created the musical High School Confidential for Primary Stages with writers Janet Reed, Dan Ahearn, Sara Wordsworth and Russ Kaplan. Some developmental readings she has directed include Radio Boys by Joe Gilford (EST), Miller, Mississippi by Boo Killebrew, The Infinity Pond by Maria Alexandria Beech and Eat Your Heart Out by Courtney Baron (all at Perry Mansfield New Works Festival), Bicycle Girl by Rogelio Martinez (at Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Gloria by Maria Alexandria Beech (EST), Mercy by Adam Szymkowicz, and May Day by Molly Smith Metzler.
Michelle was the Associate Artistic Director of Primary Stages, where she worked for thirteen years. While there, she ran the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, where she worked with over twenty five emerging writers on the creation of new plays. Michelle holds the first undergraduate directing degree from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. She teaches acting and playwriting for the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) and directing for Syracuse University’s Tepper Semester. Michelle was a semifinalist for the HBO Access Program.
REBEL AND MISFITS PRODUCTIONS, LLC is very excited to deliver this production in a unique format, confident viewers will walk away from the experience understanding the story in a very personal way. The name of the company is derived from the Steve Jobs quote, “Here’s to crazy ones. The rebels. The misfits. Because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Rebel and Misfit’s hopes that audiences will walk out of the theatre with not only a lot more to say about the piece they just witnessed, but the world at large, begging the question, “What would I do to truly get what I want, and what would I be willing to compromise to get it?”