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Free

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April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

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May 13 - May 19

Aaron wants to spice things up in the bedroom while Andrea is preoccupied with a potential lice outbreak at their son’s school. Then Aaron’s proposal of an open relationship upends their marriage and leads Andrea to a mid-life coming-of-age. Erotic and thoughtful, Esther Perel Ruined My Life bravely explores oft-unspoken questions about love and desire post-childbirth and an approach to partnership that embraces our human capacity to continually evolve, grow, and change.

From Mathilde

As an immigrant, I’m often struck by the puritanical core of American culture. But — as I wrote about in Dirty Laundry — my own family’s history has its share of secrets. As we age, we find things out about our parents: they are more complicated than we understood; their sex lives, in particular, are hidden behind closed doors. What if we could talk about intimacy without feeling shame? About the ebbs and flows of libido, about the ways childbirth affects desire, about the need to be wanted?

Mathilde Dratwa

The playwright
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based inBrooklyn, NY
Mathilde Dratwa's plays include Milk and Gall (Theatre503, London), A Play about David Mamet Writing a Play about Harvey Weinstein, Dirty Laundry (Audible), and Esther Perel Ruined My Life. Her work has been developed and presented by the Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, Rattlestick, LAByrinth Theater Company, Playwrights’ Center, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, and in London at the Young Vic. On the film/TV side, Mathilde has developed content for Picture Start, Endeavor, LuckyChap, Dirty Films, FX, Red Wagon, Sony/TriStar, Chernin and wiip.