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Contact: John Freed // (602)640-0848 // [email protected]

John Freed spent 32 years as an editor at The New York Times crafting other people’s stories.

“Now,” he said, “it’s time to tell my own.”

His first creation, Sex Anyone, is an old-fashioned musical with an offbeat subject: the struggle to recover from sexual obsession. The show, for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics, is making its world premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

“Think of the golden age of Broadway musicals,” Freed said. “Soaring music, yes, but the subjects? Adultery, murder, interracial sex, you name it. Sex Anyone explores addiction and hope.”

George Tynan Crowley directs, and Edgar Cardoso is music director.

Freed and Crowley (MFA, Yale School of Drama), have been friends for 25 years. Crowley, who is also a playwright, film director and actor, described Sex Anyone as “warm, funny, touching, spiritual, and unabashedly uplifting. You leave this show ready to trust in life again.”

Freed’s goal is to offer investors the opportunity to help bring the show to Off-Broadway. “I hope for an extended run in California, then move it to New York,” he said. “And after that, who knows? I’ve got the Broadway version in my back pocket.”

To summarize the plot, John (Brayden Hade), uses sex to seek love and connection. He gets involved with Marty (Fernando Christopher), who uses alcohol to escape his pain. Can they find a happy ending?

Sex Anyone is at [email protected] Theatre, 1157 N. McCadden Place, with performances June 4, 10, 16, 18, 23 and 24.

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