Gunn and Magnussen to star in Sex With Strangers

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Second Stage Theatre have announced casting for Laura Eason's drama Sex With Strangers, directed by David Schwimmer. Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn and Tony Award nominee Billy Magnussen will play the roles of Olivia and Ethan respectively. Previews begin at Off-Broadway's Tony Kiser Theatre on 08 Jul 2014, with an official opening set for 30 Jul 2014 and a limited engagement booking through to 24 Aug 2014.

Anna Gunn is perhaps best known for her television role as Skyler White in 'Breaking Bad', for which she won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in 2013. Other television credits include 'Deadwood' and 'The Practice'. She made her Broadway debut in 'The Rehearsal' in 1996. Other notable theatre credits include 'Time Stands Still' and 'Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie' (Geffen Playhouse), 'Measure for Measure' (Ahmanson Theatre), 'Hysteria' (Mark Taper Forum), 'Uncommon Ground' (Northlight Theatre), 'Peacekeeper' (American Blues Theatre) and 'The Beggar's Opera' at the Court Theatre.

Billy Magnussen was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Spike in 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' in 2013. His other theatre credits include 'The Ritz' and 'Paper Dolls'. His film credits include 'Twelve', 'Happy Tears', 'Damsels in Distress' and he will be featured as Rapunzel's Prince in the upcoming film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical 'Into The Woods'.

Synopsis: How far will you go to get what you want? Will you be the same person if you finally do? When star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure novelist Olivia, he finds they both crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, and they inch closer to getting what they want, both must confront the dark side of ambition and the near impossibility of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away.

Sex With Strangers features set design by Andromache Chalfant, costume design by ESOSA, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, and sound design by Fitz Patton.

- by Tom Millward

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