'Just Sex' at Theater for the New City
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"Just Sex" (world premiere) written by Brandt Johnson, directed by Alex Kilgore. Johnson Theater - Sunday, August 14 at 2:00PM; Monday, August 15 at 9:00PM; Wednesday, August 17 at 7:00PM; Saturday, August 20 at 7:00PM; Monday, August 22 at 7:00PM. Running Time: 90 minutes | Tickets: $15.
Katherine and William are married to each other and are in lust with other people. Can they follow their erotic impulses without violating their vows? In the online era, does betrayal begin with mere pixels on a screen, or only once flesh touches flesh? Instead of suppressing their desires, or acting on them surreptitiously, Katherine and William make the perilous decision to open their marriage. Sex with others is okay, they agree, as long as it is just sex. But as they grapple with how to keep love intact amid extracurricular escapades, they confront frequent and often comical reminders that "just sex" can be hard to find. What starts as a simple exercise in physical release becomes a complex challenge to the couple's notions of normalcy, love, and marital fidelity.
"Just Sex" is Brandth Johnson's second play to be produced. He performed his first play, a solo show called "Give and Go: Learning from Losing to the Harlem Globetrotters," at FringeNYC 2007 and again at the Metropolitan Playhouse in 2010. He later worked as an investment banker, played professional basketball in Europe, and played on tour against the Harlem Globetrotters. Johnson now writes and acts and has appeared in numerous New York City productions, including Blue Light Theater Company's "The Pitchfork Disney" (Off-Broadway); Walt Disney's workshop of "Hoopz," directed by Savion Glover and Kenny Leon; and the workshop of "Joe Fearless" with Matthew Broderick and Rosie Perez. Johnson is a Williams College graduate and has an MBA from New York University. www.brandtjohnson.com Alex Kilgore, as Founding Artistic Director of he stageFARM, an Off-Broadway company, conceived, commissioned and directed both 2008's SPIN series (Gina Gionfriddo, Elizabeth Meriwether, Adam Rapp, Mark Schultz, and Judith Thompson) and 2007's VENGEANCE series (Neena Beber, Ron Fitzgerald, Gina Gionfriddo, Julian Sheppard, and Francine Volpe). He also directed the world premiere of David Folwell's "Drug Buddy for the stageFARM at Cherry Lane and produced Off-Broadway premieres of Elizabeth Meriwether's "Oliver Parker!," Mark Schultz's "The Gingerbread House," and Gina Gionfriddo's "U.S. Drag." Off-Broadway acting credits include the US premieres of David Folwell's "Boise," Philip Ridley's "The Pitchfork Disney" (Blue Light Theater Co.), "Refuge" by Jessica Goldberg, and "Lost Highway" (as Hank Williams). Film credits include "Fever" (1999 Directors' Fortnight Cannes), "If I Didn't Care," "High Maintenance," "Cowboy Jesus"…etc. TV credits include "Wonder Showzen," "The City," and "Swift Justice." In 2009, Alex was hired to adapt the classic B noir film "House on Telegraph Hill" for Bill Bannerman (Twilight: Eclipse) to direct. This script, "Unveiled," is in preproduction, and his original screenplay "Texasstyle" starring Henry Thomas, Bill Sage, Didi O'Connell, and Luke Wilson is set up for him to direct with Sweet 180/Lillian LaSalle producing. Kilgore is the President of The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and plays in the band CLAW.