Song & Stage

‘Sex: What She’s Really Thinking’ Premieres Thursday in Southampton

A new play by Love, Loss, and What I Wore writer Ilene Beckerman and Center Stage creative director Michael Disher, Sex: What She’s Really Thinking, will have its world premiere Thursday, January 9, at the Southampton Cultural Center.

Beckerman’s fictionalized memoir Love, Loss, and What I Wore was adapted for the stage by Nora and Delia Ephron and also debuted in the Hamptons, before it became an off-Broadway hit. Disher and Beckerman first worked together last year when Disher directed Love, Loss, and What I Wore at the Cultural Center and Beckerman decided, for the first time, to act in the play based on her life. She took the role of Gingy, the narrator.

Though Beckerman, 78, has written five books over the course of her writing career—which began when she was 60 years old—this is her first time writing in script format.

The play, which is a series of  monologues and sketches, tackles subjects such as first encounters, facts, fictions and fantasies.

Sex: What She’s Really Thinking is billed as “an evening of laughter and insights.” It stars Bonnie Grice, Joan Lyons, Matthew O’Connor, Tom Rosante, Amy Rowland, Danielle Shuman, Gina Surnicki and Josephine Wallace. Disher directs.

The show runs January 9 through January 26 with showtimes Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 for general admission, $12 for students under 21 with ID, and, on Fridays only, $20 for seniors. The Southampton Cultural Center is located at 25 Pond Lane, Southampton Village. Pay at the door or reserve tickets online at


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