Aug. 30, 2005
“Sex Signals,” a show featuring a unique combination of improvisational comedy, education, and audience participation will play at Morningside College on Friday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m. in Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters Avenue.
The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS) and the Morningside Activities Council (MAC).
“Sex Signals” deals with the issues of dating, sex, and date rape on college campuses. The two-actor show explores how mixed messages, gender role stereotypes, and unrealistic fantasies lead to misunderstandings between the sexes and how it can lead to sexual assault even between two normally well-intentioned people. The show uses humor throughout the performance to draw audiences into candid discussions about interpersonal relationships.
The show was first produced as “The Sensitive Swashbuckler & Other Dating Myths” at Chicago’s Stage Left Theatre in May of 2000. It has since been performed almost 700 times at approximately 350 colleges and universities and has become one of the most popular programs on sexual assault awareness among college audiences and educators.
The show’s 2005 tour is booked through Catharsis Productions and includes four two-person teams. The team of Gwendolyn Druyor and Ben Murrie will present the performance at Morningside.
Druyor, a graduate of Illinois State University, currently tours with Catharsis Productions as the primary actress in “Sex Signals.” She is co-host of the “Gwen and Danny” series of educational children’s videos and an active member of the Society of American Fight Directors. Druyor was a member of the Boom Chicago television pilot cast in Europe, improvised with the Boom Chicago stage company in Amsterdam, and has toured with Shenandoah Shakespeare Express across the U.S. and Canada.
Murrie, a graduate of Pepperdine University, has played lead roles in various stage productions and films around the U.S. and performed at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. He is co-author of the rock musical www.Here.I.Am and recently finished shooting the independent thriller “Mrs. Amworth.”
Christian Murphy and Gail Stern are the owners of Catharsis Productions and the creators of “Sex Signals.” Catharsis Productions was founded in 2000 as a company dedicated to creating educational programs that address important social issues through the use of theatrical techniques.