The Show

The Show

Welcome to the World Premiere of Coming Out Kinky!

May 3 – June 8, 2014

Promenade Playhouse

1404 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

(Enter password “kinky” for $5 discount.)
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This comedy follows one adventurous womans curious exploration of her sexuality. When she was a little girl, Jean Franzblau believed that sex must be bad and made the impossible commitment to never be sexual. The show tracks her unusual path of exploration as she discovers that sex is a natural and wonderful part of the human experience. Franzblau portrays some twenty characters in this adventure story for curious and open-minded adults to enjoy.

Saturday: May 3rd, 8:30pm (Opening Night and Reception)

Sundays: May 4th – June 8th, 7:30pm


Parking is available in the Citys eight public parking structures on 2nd Street, 4th Street and Santa Monica Blvd. (first 90 minutes are free)

Library parking: 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401 (first 30 minutes free)

Valet parking is available on 2nd Street, between Colorado and Broadway Ave.

Finding the theater:

Promenade Playhouse is at 1404 3rd Street Promenade (in an outdoor mall) just south of Santa Monica Blvd. The entrance to the theater is on the West side of the street between stores called Anthropologie” and Lush”. Walk down the brick hallway and youre there.

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes and Coffee Houses are walking distance from the theater:

Tender Greens, True Food Kitchen, Real Food Daily, Border Grill, Cafe Crepe, California Pizza Kitchen, Fig, Hummus Bar and Grill Express, Michaels, Monsoon – the list goes on and on.

Heres the website to plan your food.

What does the shows title mean?

The title of the show was inspired by a coming out conversation Jean had with her mom.

Talking to your Mom about sex can be dicey.

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What Does “Sex-Positive Mean?

Sex-Positive is the philosophy that sexuality is a natural, healthy and essential part of life. It also advocates the idea that pleasure is good and all sexual orientations and relationship styles are accepted and supported.

Sex-positive is a philosophy of sexuality that emphasizes safety, mutual respect, communication and consent. It also acknowledges and celebrates sexual diversity the idea that there are many, many ways to express sexuality.

A portion of every ticket sold for the Los Angeles production will be donated to the new non-profit organization, Sex-Positive World.


Tell me more about the creative process

It takes a combination of skills and talents to create a solid, entertaining and worthwhile solo show – which is why Jean brought Karen Aschenbach on board. Karen is a director and solo show development coach with an eagle eye for story structure.
For you English majors, you can count on a three-part structure, dramatic tension, character development and a solid resolution. For those who dont care to look under the literary hood, youll just know its a hell of a good, fast paced story thats engaging and emotionally satisfying.

Here’s Karen, Jean and the rehearsal process.

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About the team

Jean and Karen have collaborated over eighteen months and successfully presented the shows preview performance to a sold out audience. Here are more details about their backgrounds:

Jean Franzblau (Writer/Performer/Producer) 

Over thirteen years ago, Jean debuted her YouTube film, Internet Dating as a writer/producer and lead actress. With film festival screenings and pitch meetings under her belt, Jean has produced thirty-three more videos along with the preview theatrical production of Coming Out Kinky. As an actress she started off as a kid performer in Hollywood, Florida. After UCLA and a summer of study at the Neighborhood Playhouse, Jean was cast as Libby in Neil Simon’s I Ought To Be in Pictures at the Long Beach Playhouse. She also won the part of Darcy in the NBC telefilm, Her Last Chance, with Jenna Elfman and Kelly Martin. Jean is a blogger and corporate professional she knows how to get stuff done.

Jean’s first film as a writer/producer and performer.

Karen Aschenbach (Director, Development Coach)
Karen has worked across multiple disciplines as a writer, director, actor and producer. She has produced and directed short films and independent features and her corporate production company created promotional media and educational products for Fortune 500 companies. Karens work has been seen around the globe on television and in festivals from U.S. to Japan to Croatia. Of her many Los Angeles productions, a couple of her favorites are the solo show Ripe, which was enthusiastically mentioned by the LA Times last year and Mrs. Cage, an LA Times Critics Choice. Karen works with performing artists one-on-one and in her Crafting Your Craft Seminars. Her methods help artists discover meaning and focus so they can get their work done.

Karens website

Is Coming Out Kinky appropriate for young adults?

Audience members from the preview performance have said, I want my daughter to see this. Coming Out Kinky has female empowering, sex-positive messages including learning to make good choices and trusting the wisdom of ones own body. Young women will recognize themselves as Jean finds solid footing across the uneven terrain of sexual experimentation and expression. The show is certainly Rated R which is why we call it a grown up story.
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How Can I Learn More About Being Sex-Positive?

Interested in sex education, sexuality coaching, sex therapy or communication techniques? Weve curated for you a few resources to get you started.

Blogs – Coming Out KinkySex Geekdom 

Meetup Events – Sex-Positive Los AngelesSex-Positive PortlandOne Taste TurnON

Podcasts – Savage LovecastBetty Dodson with Carlin Ross

YouTube Channels – SexplanationsSex Nerd Sandra

DVDs – Pleasure Chest

Sex and Relationship Therapists – Dr. Hernando ChavezJulie OrlovAsk the Sexologist, Good Vibrations

Sex and Relationship Coaches – Gabriella CordovaKamala Devi