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Mystery of Love & Sex, The - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Mystery of Love & Sex, The

Bathsheba Doran

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573704543

An unexpected love story about where souls meet and the consequences of growing up.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - The play takes place on the outskirts of major cities in the American south.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Drugs, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Nudity/Partial Nudity, Smoking

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Deep in the American South, Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were nine. She's Jewish, he's Christian, he's black, she's white. Their differences intensify their connection until sexual desire complicates everything in surprising, compulsive ways. An unexpected love story about where souls meet and the consequences of growing up.

REVIEWS

"Perfectly wonderful! Among the season's finest plays. It is tender, funny, packed with humanity and brimming with surprising revelations. Bathsheba Doran has written a play with such compassion and wry wisdom that I emerged from the theater into yet another frigid day feeling warmed from within." - The New York Times

"Wise and exquisitely crafted." - Time Out New York

"The best new play of this young year." - Deadline.com 


RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER 

Writing About "It": The Mystery of Love and Sex 
by Bathsheba Doran 
February 10, 2016


The Mystery of Love and Sex premiered in New York City at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre at the Lincoln Center in February of 2015, under the direction of Sam Gold.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Charlotte and her parents, Lucinda and Howard, are Caucasian. Lucinda is a Southerner. Howard is a New York transplant. At the top of the play Charlotte is twenty-one years old. Jonny is African-American and the same age as Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE
JONNY
HOWARD
LUCINDA
HOWARD’S FATHER
Videos
  • Mystery of Love and Sex Lincoln Center Montage

  • Bathsheba Doran on The Mystery of Love and Sex

  • Bathsheba Doran on the characters in The Mystery of Love and Sex

  • Actor Mamoudou Athie on The Mystery of Love and Sex

Author
Bathsheba Doran

Bathsheba Doran

Bathsheba Doran’s play THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX received its world premiere at Lincoln Center this spring under the direction of Sam Gold, starring Diane Lane and Tony Shalhoub. Her critically acclaimed play KIN received its world premiere in spring 2011 at Playwrights Horizons, directed by Sam Gold. Her play PARENTS’ EVENING premiered at The Flea Theater, directed by Jim Simpson; and her play ... view full profile

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Reviews
Chirag Patel 9/6/2016 2:39 PM
The Mystery of Love and Sex is an okay play, and definitely one that I was not expecting the plot points and outcome of. The relationships of the characters are very fluid, and just when you think you know the connection between all of them it quickly takes a left turn. The personal struggles of the characters and how they are dealt with have an authentic feel to them.

Overall, an a fair story marred by too much back and forth character relationships.
DAVID TILLEY 10/15/2015 9:06 AM
A superb new play covering many personal and interactive issues. The style successfully blends the sensitive problems of the characters with a balanced humour. A fine play to perform for many years to come.

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