Sex with Strangers

Cast

HEATHER LEE HARPER

Olivia

Heather Lee Harper is ridiculously excited to be part of this historic collaboration between Stray Cat and Arizona Theatre Company. Selected Off-Broadway/New York Credits include The Violet Hour (Active Theater); King Stag (Long Wharf Theatre Development Series); AliceAnon (New Georges Theater); Courtney & Kathleen: A Riot Act (La MaMa); Manson the Musical (The Krane Theater); Undeniable Desire, Tom’s Children, and Infusions: Tennessee Williams’s 100th Birthday Celebration (Blue Roses Theatre Company). Local credits include Romeo and Juliet (Arizona Theatre Company); Hotel Athena, R&J Void (HOWL Theatre Project); Thomas and the Library Lady (Geva Theatre Center/Childsplay); E2 (Nearly Naked Theatre); A Clockwork Orange (Stray Cat Theatre); The Tempest (Southwest Shakespeare Company); Wait Until Dark (Tempe Little Theater, ariZoni Award for Best Leading Actress). Ms. Harper trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in L.A., Pân Theatre in Paris, and holds a B.A. in theatre from Arizona State University. She is a company member of Blue Roses Theatre Company (NYC) and a founding member of the Active Theatre (NYC) and HOWL Theatre Project (Phoenix). Ms. Harper is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

TYLER EGLEN

Ethan

Tyler Eglen is a Phoenix-based actor and full-time science educator. He received his M.F.A. in theatre performance from Arizona State University and his B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience Psychology from Purdue University. Previous collaborations with Ron May include Wolves (Ben) and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Judas Iscariot), both with Stray Cat Theatre. Other recent Valley credits include The Boy Who Loved Monsters and the Girl Who Loved Peas (Evan) and Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (Herb) with Childsplay; and The Book Club Play (Will) and The Cottage (Clark) with Actors Theatre. Mr. Eglen has worked as an actor, fight choreographer, education artist, and designer for numerous companies outside of the Valley, including The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Playwrights Theatre, Garfield Shakespeare Company, Actor’s Shakespeare Company, and many more. Mr. Eglen was last seen performing with Arizona Theatre Company (Phoenix) in Jane Austen’s Emma.

Creative Team

RON MAY

Director / Stray Cat Artistic Director

Ron May is the Founding Artistic Director for Stray Cat Theatre, where his credits include The Normal Heart, A Clockwork Orange, The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love/Suicide, Trainspotting, Fat Pig, 4.48 Psychosis, A Number, Pulp (Zoni for Best Overall Production – Non-Contracted Musical), Everything Will Be Different, An Impending Rupture of the Belly, columbinus (Zoni for Best Overall Production – Non-Contracted Play), Blackbird, Speech and Debate (Zoni for Best Overall Production – Non-Contracted Play), Learn to be Latina (Zoni for Best Overall Production – Non-Contracted Play), Octopus, Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, The Sparrow, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Heddatron, Wolves (Zoni for Best Overall Production – Non-Contracted Play), Sons of the Prophet, Chicks with Dicks, The Flick, The Whale, The Brothers Size, and Pluto. In 2010, he directed the Arizona staged reading of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, an Epilogue as part of a national project. As an actor, he has appeared as the “One Man” in Phoenix Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors; in Stray Cat’s Year of the Rooster; and in The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs for Actors Theatre of Phoenix. For Phoenix Theatre, he directed Buyer & Cellar and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Zoni for Best Overall Production – Contracted Musical). For Actors Theatre, he has directed Seminar, Hunter Gatherers, This, Boom, Augusta, The Pursuit of Happiness, and A View of the Harbor. During the summer of 2001, he spent time in New York as a fellow in The Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Lab. This season, he will also direct Stupid Fucking Bird and Green Day’s American Idiot for Stray Cat. Thanks and lots of warm purring to all of you for keeping a warm roof over our heads.

LAURA EASON

Playwright

Laura Eason is the author of twenty plays, original works, and adaptations, and a musical bookwriter and screenwriter. Selected productions include Sex With Strangers (Second Stage, NYC; Signature Theatre, DC; Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago; Sydney Theatre, AU; published by Overlook Press); The Undeniable Sound of Right Now (Rattlestick Theatre and Women’s Project Theatre, NYC; Rising Phoenix Rep, NYC); The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Hartford Stage, CT; New Victory, NYC; People’s Light, PA; Actor’s Theatre, KY; Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Denver Center, published by DPS), and Around the World in 80 Days (New Vic and Royal Exchange, UK; Lookingglass Theatre; Baltimore Centerstage; published by Broadway Play Publishing). She wrote the book for the musicals Days Like Today, music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler (Writers Theatre, Chicago) and Summerland, music by Jenny Giering, lyrics by Sean Barry (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre commission). Additional plays include: The Vast In-Between (Denver Center Commission, also developed by the Vineyard, NYC), Remarkable Invisible (Ambassador Theatre Group commission), Every Reason to Hope and Believe (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis commission); 40 Days (NEA grant, developed by New York Theatre Workshop and Lookingglass Theatre Company), Plainfield Ace (developed by Two River Theater, NJ, and Atlantic Theatre Company, NYC), and an adaptation of Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates (Arden Theatre commission), among others.

As a screenwriter, Ms. Eason wrote on seasons two and three of the Emmy Award-winning Netflix show House of Cards. She is an Ensemble Member and former Artistic Director of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre (2011 Regional Tony Award). In New York, she is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep, New Georges, and a Women’s Project Playwright’s Lab alumna. More information is available at lauraeason.com or @LeasonNYC on Twitter.

ERIC BEECK

Scenic Designer

Eric Beeck is in his fourth season with the amazing and talented members of Stray Cat Theatre. He gained his B.A. in technical theatre from Arizona State University and his M.A. in scenography from Ohio University. Mr. Beeck has been working in technical theatre for the last 16 years. His work has been shown during the Prague Quadrennial as a winner of the Tobin Theater Arts Fund Award for his work in Ohio University’s production of Marat/Sade. He worked for two seasons as Resident Scenic Designer for Midland Community Theatre, where he designed productions of Les Miserables, Assassins, The Producers, and RENT (AACT Festival Award for Design Excellence). Mr. Beeck would like to thank all his friends and family for their love and support.

DANNY CHIHUAHUA

Costume Designer

Danny Chihuahua is the go-to costume design guru for Stray Cat Theatre. Mr. Chihuahua is in his fourth season with Stray Cat and is beyond excited about the lineup – it’s purr-fect! Other recent design credits include New Voices and A/I Tens at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he served as the Costume Design Journeyman and Paul Owen Fellow. Selected Assistant Costume Design credits include In The Next Room, How We Got On, and Eat Your Heart Out from the 2012 Humana Festival of New American Plays. He holds a B.A. from Arizona State University in theatre design and production.

PETE BISH

Sound Designer

Pete Bish marks his fifth time working with Stray Cat Theatre after serving as Sound Engineer for The Brothers Size and Sound Designer for Year of the Rooster, Pluto, and The TomKat Project. He would like to thank everyone at Stray Cat for this opportunity.

B REEVES

Properties Designer

B Reeves is excited to be back at Stray Cat Theatre for another show, and to be working for Arizona Theatre Company for the first time. Ms. Reeves graduated from Ole Miss in 2012 with a B.F.A. in Costume Design and immediately moved out to the Valley. Ms. Reeves is coming up on her third season as the Resident Wardrobe Supervisor at Phoenix Theatre, but she is always delighted when she can get away to play with other theatres. Her only past production for Stray Cat Theatre is The Whale, where she designed and constructed the fat suit. Ms. Reeves would like to thank her mom, dad, and her family of choice here for all their love and support.

RUTH FARBER

Production Stage Manager

Ruth Farber is pleased as pie to be back with Stray Cat Theatre. She can usually be found backstage with Arizona Opera or working with some of Arizona’s most amazing children through her day job with Free Arts of Arizona. She would like to thank those involved for their time, energy, brilliance, and creativity! Show love, get love, share your love.

LOUIS FARBER

Stray Cat Theatre Associate Artistic Director

Louis Farber is very excited to be a part of bringing Sex With Strangers to the stage and to be included in this collaboration between Arizona Theatre Company and Stray Cat. You may have seen him perform in Stray Cat’s production of The Flick, or maybe you caught his directorial effort last season with The TomKat Project. Mr. Farber is grateful to be a part of Stray Cat Theatre’s fourteenth season, which promises to continue our mission of bringing audiences engaging, exciting, and entertaining theatre. Special thanks to the entire cast and crew for all of their hard work, and fo course to his lovely wife Ruth for stage managing and for letting him out to play. LOVE!

MICHAEL PECK

Production Manager

Michael Peck begins his third season as Production Manager for Stray Cat Theatre, having stepped into the role after directing punkplay in 2012, later directing Year of the Rooster in 2014. He’s made numerous appearances onstage in Stray Cat productions such as Fat Pig, An Impending Rupture of the Belly, All New People, and Pluto. Prior to his work as Production Manager for Stray Cat, he was one-fourth of the founding team of Chyro Arts Venue in Scottsdale where he was also technical director and later managing director. Mr. Peck would like to thank Ron, Louis, Ruth, Amanda, Brooke, the cast and crew, and of course our board of directors for their commitment, dedication, and love for the company.