Straight from Lincoln Center Theatre in NYC and from the critically-acclaimed playwright Bathsheba Doran, comes a new play heralded by the New York Times as, “Perfectly wonderful! Among the season's finest plays.” Deep in the American South, Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were nine. She’s Jewish, he’s Christian; he’s black, she’s white. Their differences intensify their connection, and they are now trying to determine whether their close friendship might be something more. When they discover exactly what “more” entails, sexual desire complicates everything in surprising, compulsive ways, as it comes as a surprise to them both — and to Charlotte’s parents, who are holding secrets and resentments of their own. An unexpected love story about where souls meet and the consequences of growing up, this compelling and spirited narrative of intricate relationships is an entertaining and explosive look at race, sexual identity, and family dynamics.

Please note that The Mystery of Love & Sex explores mature themes, contains adult language, and partial nudity. The Mystery of Love & Sex may not be suitable for patrons under the age of 16.


Written by Bathsheba Doran. Directed by Dr. Natka Bianchini. Set Design by Megan Suder. Costume Design by Danielle Harrow✝︎.

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✝︎ Denotes Iron Crow Theatre Resident Artist.

critical acclaim

Perfectly wonderful! Among the season's finest plays. It is tender, funny, packed with humanity and brimming with surprising revelations. Bathsheba Doran has written a play with such compassion and wry wisdom that I emerged from the theater into yet another frigid day feeling warmed from within." - The New York Times

"Wise and exquisitely crafted." - Time Out New York

"There is something rather refreshing about Doran's more critical look at these young friendships that dance on the edge of Eros; something original about her probing of how little some of us actually reveal as children, often for very good reason, however close the friend; and her assertion that our soul mates actually can stymie our growth in matters of love, sex and self-actualization [...] This really is a hopeful and atypically intimate kind of play - ideal for different generations of a family, whether or not that's a group defined by birth." - The Chicago Tribune

PERFORMANCES & Special Events

Friday, January 25
8:00pm performance of The Mystery of Love & Sex
Complimentary Opening Night Reception to follow.

Saturday, January 26
2:00pm & 8:00pm performances of The Mystery of Love & Sex

Sunday, January 27
5:30pm performance of The Mystery of Love & Sex

Thursday, January 31
7:00pm performance of The Mystery of Love & Sex
After Shows with the Crows: More info TBA.

Friday, February 1
8:00pm performance of The Mystery of Love & Sex

Saturday, February 2
2:00pm & 8:00pm performances of The Mystery of Love & Sex

Sunday, February 3
5:30pm performance of The Mystery of Love & Sex


Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


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