REGIONAL PREMIERE COMEDY
Sex and Education
by Lissa Levin
October 12–27, 2019
Meet Joe Marks, a graduating basketball star whose college scholarship is suddenly in jeopardy when his poorly-written, sexually explicit note to his girlfriend is confiscated during a final exam. Meet Miss Edwards, his jaded public high school English teacher on her last day of teaching. With nothing to lose and resentment from years of disinterested students, she assigns him the task of turning the purloined letter into a polished, persuasive essay. This scintillating romp is a hilarious lesson for all in life, sex, sports, and grammar.
Approximate running time is 90 minutes with no intermission.
Content advisory: This production contains mature language and content and may not be suitable for all audiences.
"The script is laugh out loud funny...an enjoyable night of theater." —Behind the Curtain blog
"What happens when English teacher intercepts poorly-written sex note." —Cincinnati Enquirer
Esther Cunningham* as Hannah Winters/Every Cheerleader
Esther is thrilled to be back at Ensemble Theatre, where she was last seen as Emmy in A Doll’s House, Part 2, Baby Bob/Helen in Bob: A Life in Five Acts, and as the Mad Hatter understudy for Alice in Wonderland. Off stage she works with the ETC Education Department as a teaching artist for the Hunter Heartbeat Program. She is a graduate of Wheaton College, where some of her favorite credits include Julius Caesar, The Sparrow, and Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Ms. Cunningham sends loads of gratitude to her family, Susan, Christopher, and friends near and far who continue to inspire and encourage her, as well as Lynn for making ETC a home.
Dale Hodges* as Miss Edwards
has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity since 1974 and is delighted to return for her 27th production at Ensemble Theatre, where her favorite credits include Ripcord, Outside Mullingar, Other Desert Cities, Mrs. Mannerly, and Grey Gardens. Select regional credits include Wit, King Lear, To Kill a Mockingbird, 23 years of A Christmas Carol with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Noises Off with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Ms. Hodges has worked on Broadway in Equus and Benefactors, off-Broadway in Top Girls and A Woman in Mind, and in regional theatres around the country, including 16 summers with Peterborough Players in New Hampshire. She would like to thank David and her off-stage family for always keeping her grounded, Lynn and her remarkable team for always making her welcome, and Lissa and Dan for inviting her into their classroom!
R. Graham Rogers* as Joe Marks
is delighted to be making his Ensemble Theatre debut with this production! He is an actor and playwright who recently earned his BFA in Acting from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. His recent credits include Sam in The Flick, The Esquire; H2O: A Play About Water, 2018 Edinburgh Fringe; The Mayor in The Government Inspector, Ensemble in Middletown; and various men in the world premiere of The Earth is Flat by Todd Almond, CCM. His original play Black & White was a part of Fringe Development at the 2019 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. He would like to thank his mom for all of her support!
*denotes a member of Actors' Equity Association