Mammalian Diving Reflex/Darren O’ Donnell: All the Sex I’ve Ever Had

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Starring six everyday Chicagoans over the age of 65 from all walks of life, All the Sex I’ve Ever Had offers the experiences of a generation to the audience. Specifically, they reveal their relationships to love and sexuality from the perspective of life’s later years. Featuring all the memories they care to share about their romantic and sexual lives over the course of decades, these six courageously open up their personal lives to one another and to strangers in the audience. This cast of real-world elders share secrets of first crushes, turbulent affairs, unexpected pregnancies, and deaths of loved ones. They chat with the audience, toast to important milestones, and dance on stage. One of Chicago’s favorite DJs will share the stage with them, spinning songs from each decade.

The performance offers a new understanding of intimacy, acknowledging that aging can yield deep knowledge—and a way of being in society that is open and fearless. All the Sex I’ve Ever Had invites everyone in the room to be generous and to find commonality in shared experiences that are usually left in the privacy of the bedroom. As these Chicagoans describe how they found their way into and out of intimate entanglements over a lifetime, bigger connections between social histories and power dynamics—as well as an entire generation’s worth of historical moments—come into the theater.


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