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The Sex Habits of American Women

Julie Marie Myatt
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In the early 1950s, a psychologist sets out to write the definitive book on THE SEX HABITS OF AMERICAN WOMEN. Meanwhile, his wife is having an affair with his former student, his daughter can’t find love, and all his theories refuse to go unchallenged. Juxtaposed to the action in the 1950s is a present-day videographer making a documentary on precisely the same subject.

Production Info

Cast: 8 total (5 female, 3 male)
Full Length Dark Comedy (about 100 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“Funny, gently satiric, at times almost poignant … Myatt, an up-and-coming young playwright, excels at acute, unexpected punch lines. She lightly blends in multimedia elements and deftly plants seeds that pay off in later scenes.” —Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

“An intriguing serio-comedy about the stultifying sexual morality and gender roles in place around the time Alfred Kinsey released his roof-rattling academic studies … This play is a rare intelligent new one with direct appeal to older audiences, suggesting a possible shelf life amongst regional companies.” —Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Julie Marie Myatt … teases and cajoles us with an intelligent, intriguing and funny play that manages to ask questions without knocking us over the head with them … Myatt’s humor freely runs the spectrum from adolescent to coy to poignant, and Myatt strikes a nice balance in treating the material with a mix of matter-of-factness and awe.” —Dominic Papatola, Saint Paul Pioneer Press

“An engaging new play built on a sturdy foundation of irony … Julie Marie Myatt is a playwright whose work bears noticing. Based on THE SEX HABITS OF AMERICAN WOMEN, her plays could prove to be habit forming.” —Chad Jones, Oakland Tribune

About the Author


  • Julie Marie Myatt

    Julie Marie Myatt's play SOMEDAY premiered as part of Cornerstone Theater Company's Justice Cycle in June 2008. Her play WELCOME HOME, JENNY SUTTER recently premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and will tour to the Kennedy Center in July 2008. Her play BOATS ON A RIVER premiered at the Guthrie Theater in May 2007 and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her play MY WANDERING BOY premiered at South Coast Rep and was featured in the 2007 Summer Play Festival in New York City. Her ten-minute play, MR AND MRS premiered at the 2007 Humana Festival. Her play THE SEX HABITS OF AMERICAN WOMEN was produced by the Guthrie Theater, Signature Theater in Arlington, VA, Synchronicity Performance Group, and premiered at the Magic Theater in San Francisco, and was recently published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc. She received a Walt Disney Studios Screenwriting Fellowship, a Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights' Center, and a McKnight Advancement Grant. Her other plays include ALICE IN THE BADLANDS, COWBIRD, 49 DAYS TO THE SUN, and THE PINK FACTOR (also published by BPPI). She is a member of New Dramatists.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 3/1/2008
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881453782

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced the Magic Theater, San Francisco

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
The Sex Habits of American Women is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


11/4/2021 – 11/7/2021
Union College
Schenechtady, NY