Wednesday, February 17, 2016

George Street Playhouse Announces Casting for SEX WITH STRANGERS

Original “Newsie” KYLE COFFMAN and stage/screen veteran JoANNA RHINEHART set to star in sexy comedy for grown-ups by “House of Cards” writer LAURA EASON

George Street Playhouse has set the cast of Laura Eason’s Sex With Strangers, which runs March 8 through March 27 at the New Brunswick theatre. 
 Kyle Coffman (Newsies, West Side Story on Broadway) will portray young, brash writer Ethan Kane; JoAnna Rhinehart (TV’s Elementary, Damages) will play novelist and teacher Olivia Lago. The production will be helmed by George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint.“I am very excited to be bringing Kyle and JoAnna to George Street Playhouse,” said Saint. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kyle on Broadway in West Side Story and I look forward to introducing this bright, young actor to our audiences. I am very excited to be working with JoAnna for the first time. She is a terrific actress and I am thrilled to welcome her to George Street Playhouse.”

Sex With Strangers is the story of an affair between Ethan, a brash, young blogger-turned-best-selling writer who shares his sexual exploits with the world, and Olivia, a reserved teacher whose would-be writing career stalled after one book published years earlier. It does not take long for opposites to attract and chemistry to ignite. Sex is imminent. But is their attraction driven by love, passion or opportunity? The play is recommended for mature audiences only due to adult themes and nudity.

Sex With Strangers is produced in association with Philadelphia Theatre Company, Sara Garonzik, Executive Producing Director; Priscilla M. Luce, Executive Managing Director.

Individual tickets, starting at $25, are now on sale, as are multiple-admission “flex” passes. Contact the George Street Playhouse Box Office at 732-246-7717 or visit for tickets and information. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue in the heart of New Brunswick’s vibrant downtown dining and entertainment district, steps away from plentiful parking and dining options for every palate and pocketbook.
Kyle Coffman (Ethan) made his Broadway debut as an original cast member in the 2009 revival of West Side Story (A-rab). He was also seen in the original Broadway casts of Newsies (Henry) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Christopher Lyon, u/s Deputy). He is featured on the cast albums of all three shows and served as the original Newsies logo. He has appeared twice on the Tony Awards, as well as multiple performances on TV shows, such as Good Morning America and The View. In 2012, he had a featured role in the film Someday This Pain Will Be Useful.
JoAnna Rhinehart (Olivia) has appeared recently on a number of television shows, such as Elementary, Unforgettable, The Following and Damages. On stage, she has appeared in In White America and The Jones Men(New Federal Theatre/Castillo Theatre), the premiere of The Sleeping Girl at Playwrights Horizons, and the National Shakespeare Company tour of The Comedy of Errors. Film credits include Double Negative, for which she earned Best Actor/Outstanding Female Lead/Short Subject Film at New York’s VISIONFEST15.

Laura Eason is the author of more than 20 full-length plays, both original work and adaptations, a musical book writer, and a writer for the Netflix hit series House of Cards. In addition to Sex With Strangers, her full-length plays include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Around the World in 80 Days, Ethan Frome and When the Messenger is Hot.

David Saint (Artistic Director/Director) is in his 18th season as Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse. Sex With Strangers marks his 34th mainstage production at GSP, which also includes the recent Buyer & Cellar, Outside Mullingar, Clever Little Lies, Good People, Twelve Angry Men, God of Carnage, Creating Claire and Sylvia.

The creative team includes Jason Simms (GSP’s The Whipping Man in 2015), costume designer Michael McDonald (GSP’s [title of show] and God of Carnage in 2010-11), lighting designer Christopher Bailey (GSP’sNureyev’s Eyes, Clever Little Lies), and sound designer/original music composer Scott Killian (GSP’s Nureyev’s Eyes, Clever Little Lies).

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