Run Time: Two hours and 15 minutes with one intermission

A coming-of-age story that challenges the loving heart of a modern family as childhood friends Charlotte and Jonny start a romance when they go off to college. Written by Bathsheba Doran (Boardwalk Empire, Smash, and Masters of Sex), The Mystery of Love & Sex is a humorous and tender look at navigating relationships while attempting to define them.

Age Recommendation: 16+ for adult language, mature content, nudity, and sexual themes
ACT's policy is to inform audiences of content, but to let parents, guardians, and teachers make decisions that they feel is most appropriate for youth and teens in their care.

Photo by Shawn Baker | The Mystery of Love & Sex is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Support provided by  SOACA

in alphabetical order

Ray Abruzzo*
Emily Chisholm*
Mary Kae Irvin*
Lorenzo Roberts*

Creative Team

Allison Narver
Matthew Smucker
Catherine Hunt
Andrew D. Smith
Robertson Witmer
Geoffrey Alm
Jeffrey K. Hanson*
Briana Kersten
Marcella Barbeau
Gin Hammond
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Fight Choreographer
Stage Manager
Production Assistant
Assistant Lighting Designer
Dialect Coach

*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

We all come from different backgrounds; different ethnicities, races, religions, sexual orientations, educations, and belief systems. No matter our differences, we all seek a place to belong.  We all want to find the person or people we will call family. With a sweet, touching and often humorous tone, The Mystery of Love & Sex focuses in on relationships of love, sex and friendship, and how they impact the family core.

ACT embraces ALL families and we want to see yours! Who do YOU call family? We are collecting family photos to create a display in the lobby during the run of The Mystery of Love & Sex. We are excited to see these photos fill our space.

Please email your photo to or tag us in social media with @acttheatre to have your photo included in the display.*

*Photos should be between 1MB and 5MB in size. JPG & PDF files are preferred. By providing your photo, you give ACT the right to use your photo in our building and for promotional purposes online, on social media and in print media. Names will not be included with any photos. 

Queer Circle! 
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 from 6:30pm–7:15pm in the Rubenstein Room
We’ve invited 40 students to join ACT’s Angie Kamel and Ada Karamanyan in a dialogue before the Wed, Jun 1 performance to discuss the evolution of LGBTQ matters with an emphasis on how they have and may continue to shift conversations presented within the arts community at large. The group is invited to stay after the discussion and watch The Mystery of Love & Sex. If you are a teenager that would like to participate, please email Ada Karamanyan at

Diverse Harmony Pre-Show Concert
Wed, Jun 8 at 6:30pm in Buster's
Join Diverse Harmony for a concert before the 7:30pm show of The Mystery of Love & SexDiverse Harmony is the nation’s first queer-straight alliance youth chorus. See the 22-member chorus present music that opens the hearts and minds of communities and provides a safe environment for youth of diverse backgrounds to share their love of music and be accepted for who they are. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more about Diverse Harmony here.

Post-Play Discussion with PFLAG Speakers Bureau
Sun, Jun 19 after the 2:00pm performance of The Mystery of Love & Sex
Join Jennifer Davies and Beth Lenholt from the PFLAG Speakers Bureau for a post-play discussion! This event is free and open to the public. Jennifer Davies is Director of the PFLAG Speaker’s Bureau of Greater Seattle as well as a board director for the PFLAG Bellevue/Eastside chapter.  She became active with PFLAG seven years ago after learning that her then 14 year old son was gay.  Since then her path has reflected PFLAG’s three-pronged mission of support, education and advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community. Beth Lenholt is Treasurer of the board of the PFLAG Bellevue/Eastside chapter. She has a 23-year-old foster daughter who came to the US from Burma as a teenager. She also has a 21-year-old son by marriage to her wife. Being a technical writer by profession, Beth has had the opportunity to support diversity and inclusion in the high tech industry.