Lust & Marriage – 2015 Toronto Fringe Press Release

“Who said marriage has to be boring? From the creator of GGG: Dominatrix 4 Dummies and Inviting Desire comes a sex-positive comedy that explodes the conundrums of couple-hood”


Excerpt from press release:

Emily is a hopelessly romantic ethical slut in search of a soul mate. When a Burning Man fling turns out to be the love of her life, she thinks she’s found her happy ending. But her paramour doesn’t pine for monogamy. What’s a Pollyanna to do? Can polyamory save their romance? A runaway hit of the Portland, OR Solo Festival in 2014, Lust & Marriage is an honest and intimate comedy that explores the complexities of relationship, and what happens when two become three.

Eleanor O’Brien is the artistic director of Dance Naked Productions, a Portland, OR based company known for provocative, sex-positive theater. Inspired by renown Fringe monologist TJ Dawe, O’Brien created the smash hit GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies (*****Edmonton Sun) after discovering the fringe while touring a kid’s show. She returned again with the ensemble production Inviting Desire, and is back this year as a CAFF winner with Lust & Marriage. O’Brien wrote and performs the allegorical story, and has collaborated with director Antonio Sonera and dramaturge TJ Dawe.

“I have long been fascinated by the work of sex advice columnist Dan Savage, and his influence on sexuality in popular culture,” says O’Brien. “I was inspired to create Lust & Marriage after Dan put out a call for stories from the ‘successfully monogamish’. (Savage has given the script his blessing and recorded his voice for use in the show). “Having tried both monogamy and polyamory, I use a lot of my own material. Turns out, there’s quite a bit of comedy in opening a marriage. Ultimately, it’s a love story, with a healthy dose of lust”.

As a CAFF winner, Lust & Marriage will tour throughout the summer of 2015 to Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Vancouver, BC, as well as nightly performances at Burning Man.


Wed July 1 @ 10PM
Fri July 3 @ 3PM
Sun July 5 @ 8PM
Mon July 6 @ 1PM
Tue July 7 @ 8:15PM
Thu July 9 @ 2PM
Fri July 10 @ 7PM

Venue: The Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (79 St George St)

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Photo provided by Lloyd Lemmerman.