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Sex Cells - Full Length Play, Comedy

Sex Cells

Anna Longaretti

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Full Length Play, Comedy

1m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573113956

A very funny, poignant play about motherhood, friendship, love and loss.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes




Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

In a busy call centre, the four female employees of Aphrodite, a sex toy manufacturer, take telephone orders for Teasey Maids, Titivators and rotating pearl g-strings. Beneath the cheerful customer service and easy banter, however, these very different women nurse their own desires and disappointments. Sylvie is desperate to have a baby, but her single-minded approach is taking its toll on her marriage and causing friction with her co-workers. With five children, Janice rarely finds time for herself or her husband. Tiffany is young and single, looking for ‘the one’, but wary of sacrificing her independence. Star employee Lily, meanwhile, is stuck in a loveless marriage and estranged from her son, but buries her pain in wisecracks and work. Their gentle and innocent manager Mr Causeway attempts to diffuse the tension between his staff while suppressing a longstanding crush on the oblivious Lily. Sex Cells is a very funny, poignant play about motherhood, friendship, love and loss.


1m, 4f

LILY, 65. Her dress is shapeless and nondescript and her hair is pinned to keep the curl in. She wears pop socks and changes into slippers when she gets to work.
SYLVIE, 39. French (with an accent), slim build, smartly dressed and immaculately groomed.
JANICE, 38. She has a Northern accent, is unintentionally dishevelled (as the main objective was to look glamorous) and looks like she is wearing clothes that she bought when she was younger and slimmer. Her massive handbag is always overflowing.
TIFFANY, 29, slim, Essex girl fashion and accent.
MR. CAUSEWAY, 55. A beanpole of a man. He is old-fashioned in his dress and manner. He wears a thick ribbed cardigan with pockets. He is hardly ever without a cup of tea on the go.
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Anna Longaretti

Anna Longaretti

Anna Longaretti wrote Sex Cells in 2012 after many years of writing for film. In 2013 it premiered at the Riverside Studios. During it's month-long run she was overjoyed to hear audiences laughing... and crying. Sex Cells is a very personal piece of work, influenced by her feelings surrounding the birth of her daughter, Saskia. Saskia wrote the music for the Riverside production and can be ... view full profile

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Audrey O'Brien 6/21/2016 2:01 PM
Having just brought the curtain down on our amateur production of this show I really wanted to take a minute to recommend it to others. Yes the script made me laugh out loud, rare for me to be fair, but what kept me turning the page was the characters and their stories. At different stages of my life I have either been or been friends with these women and the men who variously blight or bless their lives. So it was immensely satisfying to hear audience laughter but also to have them tell us the play was poignant, brought a tear to their eye, made them feel they'd been on a journey with the characters to quote but a few. It's surely a testament to the playwright in the first instance to create characters an audience can relate to, engage with and care about. Go on, give this play a go, I genuinely believe you won't be disappointed and neither will your audience.
Will Berrington 12/21/2015 12:50 PM
Having recently finished directing this play, I could not recommend this show more. Not only does the show provide 4 incredible comedic female roles (something we desperately need more of from 21st Century plays!) but provides a story touching on themes we just don't see often enough in modern day theatre.

We had audiences in tears of both laughter and sadness every night, and every night had a wonderful atmosphere afterwards, all thanks to this play.

If you're looking for a comedy or drama to stage, or even just for a play to read that will make you smile on a rainy day, I recommend buying this play and reading it. You will have a wonderful experience, and I cannot sing its praises enough.
mark dovey 7/13/2015 4:54 AM
What a brilliantly funny and poignant play this is. We are in the middle of rehearsing this at present and I can't wait to get it out there to a wider audience.
While I am loathe to make comparisons with other plays, if you are looking for a production to give you as much enjoyment in staging as perhaps Calendar girls then I would strongly recommend Sex Cells, you won't regret it, nor will your audience.

                                                                                                   Mark Dovey

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