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The Mystery of Love and Sex

Closed April 26, 2015

"The Mystery of Love & Sex" is written with such compassion, such wry wisdom about the vicissitudes of loving attachments, that I emerged from the theater into yet another frigid day feeling warmed from within."

The New York Times

Why See The Mystery of Love and Sex?

Just Friends

Lincoln Center Theater presents the world premiere of Bathsheba Doran's new play as part of their 2014/2015 season. Running at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, The Mystery of Love and Sex centers on a pair of childhood friends who become romantically involved, and is yet another intense and complex drama from the young English playwright. It's directed by Sam Gold, and stars Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and the Academy Award nominated Diane Lane (Man of Steel).

The Creatives

Bathsheba Doran is one of theatre's most exciting rising talents. After graduating from Cambridge University, she wrote for several cult British comedies including Smack the Pony, before moving to America to pursue further studies at Columbia and Juilliard. Her works have included Kin, which was staged at Playwrights Horizons in 2011 and hailed by The New York Times as an "exquisitely wrought comedy drama". She's also made a big impact on the world of television, having written episodes of Boardwalk Empire, Smash and Masters of Sex.

Director Sam Gold seemingly never sleeps. In 2014 alone, he helmed three of the most talked about, and star-packed, productions of the year: The Realistic Joneses with Michael C. Hall, The Village Bike starring Greta Gerwig and The Real Thing, which marked the Broadway debut of Ewan McGregor. This is the second time he's collaborated with Doran, having directed the aforementioned Kin.

What is The Mystery of Love and Sex about?

Charlotte and Jonny have been friends ever since they can remember. Now they're in college together and their relationship takes a romantic turn. It's a love affair which will reveal secrets from the couple's past and uncomfortable truths about their two families.

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Previews from: 5 February 2015

Opening night: 2 March 2015


May not be suitable for younger audiences

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes including an intermission

Cast and Creative


Mamoudou Athie
Diane Lane
Bernie Passeltiner
Gayle Rankin
Tony Shalhoub


Written by Bathsheba Doran
Directed by Sam Gold

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