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Things get steamy at Waterfront Playhouse

Tim Torre and Melanie Keller star in “Sex with Strangers” at the Waterfront Playhouse.

Tim Torre and Melanie Keller star in “Sex with Strangers” at the Waterfront Playhouse.

The Waterfront Playhouse presents “Sex With Strangers” April 11-27. The opening-night performance will be followed by an afterparty in the garden opposite the theater.

Written by Laura Eason (“House of Cards”) and directed by Patrick New (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Under the Hunter’s Moon”), “Sex with Strangers” tells the story of Olivia, an attractive, talented and under-appreciated writer just one big step away from success, and Ethan, a hot young writer whose online journals about his “sexcapades” with strangers have become the buzz of the blogosphere.

When unexpectedly trapped in a secluded cabin during a winter storm, opposites attract. The chemistry is hot and the sex electric. As their literary futures become intimately intertwined, both writers confront who they are, what they really want and how much they are willing to change to get it.

Melanie Keller plays Olivia. A native of Chicago, she is associate artistic director at First Folio Theatre, where she directed “All Childish Things,” “Mary’s Wedding” and “Silent Sky.” Her acting credits at First Folio include “The Merchant of Venice,” “Blithe Spirit,” “Turn of the Screw,” “Twelfth Night” and “Private Lives.” Her acting credits with Signal Ensemble include “East of Berlin” and “The Russian Play” (Jeff Award Best Actress), “The Weir” (Jeff Nomination Best Supporting Actress), “She Stoops to Conquer” and “Much Ado About Nothing.” Additional acting work includes the Stratford Festival of Canada, Peninsula Players, Lakeside Shakespeare, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, the Goodman Theatre, Northlight, Chicago Shakespeare and Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis. Keller recently played Lady Macbeth at Oak Park Festival. Film and television credits include “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and the short film “UberEx.”

Tim Torre, who plays Ethan, is a Los Angeles-based storyteller who has worked on more than 50 professional film/television/ industrial projects and more than 35 theatrical productions. Major credits include: 1st Stage Theatre; Flying V Theatre (Helen Hayes Nomination); Alex Chesler in “LOCO” with Craig Stark, MAESTRO and Geffri Maya; Sean in “Against the Night” with Frank Whaley; Lance in “Love You Thank You”; principal work on Comedy Central, Investigation Discovery and the U.S. Navy, as well as an abundance of lead roles/ awards in the independent film scene, cycling through the film festival circuit; including the Independent Short Awards, the International Hollywood Film Festival, Indie Fest, NOVA, Dances with Films, the Indie Gathering, D.C. Independent Film Festival and Indie Capitol.

“Sex With Strangers” is designed by Michael Boyer, with lighting design by Kim Hanson and stage management by Peggy Montgomery.

For tickets or more information, call the Waterfront Playhouse at 305-294- 5015 or visit www.waterfrontplayhouse.org. ¦

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