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Stage 773
Formerly Theatre Building Chicago 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
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Nominated as “speaker of the year” by readers of Campus Activities magazine.


Blending a unique combination of improvisational comedy, education and audience participation, Sex Signals provides a provocative look at the issues of dating, sex and, ultimately, acquaintance rape on college campuses. The two-person show explores how mixed messages, gender role stereotypes and unrealistic fantasies contribute to misunderstandings between the sexes.

At their worst, these factors enable some to view date rape as simple seduction, and for victims of rape to blame themselves for their vulnerability. Although the message is a serious one, the show uses humor throughout to engage audiences in candid discussions about interpersonal relationships. Seasoned actors and educators, the performers strike a balance between laughing about the differences between men and women, and clearly communicating some serious messages about how we treat one another.

This interactive program was first produced and critically acclaimed as_ The Sensitive Swashbuckler & Other Dating Myths_ at Chicago’s highly respected Stage Left Theatre in May 2000. Since then, the show has been performed over 1,000 times at over 400 schools throughout the country. It has become one of the most popular programs on sexual assault awareness among college audiences and educators.

About the Ticket Supplier: Catharsis Productions

Catharsis Productions, the brainchild of co-writers Christian Murphy and Gail Stern, consists of twelve actors located all across the nation. Each performance utilizes only two of the actors, and during busy portions of the calendar, Sex Signals is often being performed at 6 different locations across the country, using all twelve actors. A graduate of Stage Left's Down Stage Left program, Catharsis began to focus on college campuses after successful theatrical runs in 2000 and 2001. In 2002, the company was nominated for Speaker of the Year by Campus Activities, and has since performed on over 800 college campuses.