• Adult Language
  • Adult Themes
  • Comedy
  • Contemporary
  • Drama

The Mystery of Love and Sex

By Bathsheba Doran

Directed by Corinne Wieben

September 14 - October 6, 2018

“By the end you may feel giddy, as if you’d just stepped off a whirling theme-park ride.” The New York Times

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. Charlotte and Jonny definitely love each other - but not that way . . . or maybe that way. They might be moving in together. They might be getting married after college. Also, they both might be gay. Or bisexual. A compelling story of intricate relationships, The Mystery of Love and Sex is an explosive and contemporary look at race, sexual identity, and family dynamics. Contains mature language and themes.

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"Perfectly wonderful! . . . It is tender, funny, packed with humanity and brimming with surprising revelations." The New York Times

The Story

As Charlotte and Jonny tumble into their twenties confronting the mysteries of their own bodies and desires, Charlotte’s parents face their own perceptions about love and happiness. Traversing years, shifting relationships, and unexpected outcomes, this provocative play peeks behind the curtain of sexuality and race to illuminate secrets of the heart and the fabric of a family.

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

Photo from Lincoln Center Theatre's production featuring Diane Lane & Tony Shalhoub

The Experience

The Mystery of Love & Sex offers an explosive look at romance, race and our connections to each other in a world full of tangled and complicated differences. Penned by award-winning playwright Bathsheba Doran (HBO's Boardwalk Empire), the play earned raves with its Broadway debut. The New York Times called The Mystery of Love & Sex "...a perfectly wonderful new play... so packed with humanity that it seems infinitely larger, like a chart depicting the sexual and emotional anatomy of us all."

OpenStage Theatre’s etcetera Season is raw, real, honest and intimate cutting-edge theatre in non-traditional spaces. With the actors only a few feet away audience members are drawn deeply into the action of the play, creating a powerful and unforgettable experience. Be prepared for a moving, intimate experience that will leave you thinking and feeling long after the lights come up.

The Creator

Bathsheba Doran is a playwright, writer and producer best known for her work on Boardwalk Empire (2010), Masters of Sex (2013) and Jerusalem (2019). Doran, nicknamed "Bash", grew up in London and studied at Cambridge University. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University in 2003, and went on to become a playwriting fellow at Juilliard School.

Tickets for the added performance of "The Mystery of Love and Sex" on 10/7 @ 2 pm are available at the door. They will not be available by phone or online.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Options


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  • Matinee Performance
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  • Performance
  • Student/Educator Night
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