THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

After ten years of marriage, Sadie and Vance are experiencing the all too familiar trials that arise when lovers become parents, job and home responsibilities become never-ending, and alone time becomes scarce. Next door, demographic equals Janet and Rich have fared much better; their happy marriage is full of passion, love, empathy—and multiple sex partners. Can either marriage survive a night with The Couple...
After ten years of marriage, Sadie and Vance are experiencing the all too familiar trials that arise when lovers become parents, job and home responsibilities become never-ending, and alone time becomes scarce. Next door, demographic equals Janet and Rich have fared much better; their happy marriage is full of passion, love, empathy—and multiple sex partners. Can either marriage survive a night with The Couple Next Door? And will there be awkwardness at the mailbox the morning after?
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THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

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  • Ross Tedford Kendall:
    26 Dec. 2019
    This play is very fair to all of the characters. It compares and contrasts different attitudes towards marriage and sex, without condemning any of them. And yet they all come away a little changed, as any good story should achieve. This is in addition to the expert craft the playwright shows in keeping the audience invested every step of the way, from the staging, to the dialogue, to the transitions. A very compelling play.
  • Lewis Morrow:
    19 Mar. 2019
    Very well done. It was edgy in the best way possible, maybe that edginess is a mixture of sexiness and "naughtiness" but nothing gratuitious was written within this play. Everything funny, revealing, smart and thrilling was needed and placed at the right time. Loved both couples. The word "honest" comes to mind when thinking about the characters and their desires and conversations. Great piece.
  • Ben Rosenblatt:
    16 Apr. 2018
    This sexy, funny, thrilling play insightfully probes human behavior surrounding monogamy and relationships. The dialogue is crisp, filled with wit and appropriately awkward. An actor's dream. Four very well-developed, messy, complex characters. Demonstrates that any relationship of true worth is hard, no matter the sexual approach, and doesn't let us off the hook with any easy answers. Really enjoyed it!

Character Information

  • Vance Lewis
    37,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    zookeeper
  • Sadie Lewis
    36,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    hotel marketing manager
  • Rich Nelson
    30s-40s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Businessman
  • Janet Nelson
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    human resources worker

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Dionysia New Play Competition
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Stripped Scripts
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Hive Theater Collective, New York
    ,
    2012
  • Reading
    ,
    Raconteur Theatre Company
    ,
    2011
  • Reading
    ,
    Road Less Traveled Productions
    ,
    2010

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Teatrulde Arta Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania, translated production beginning 2012 in rep
    ,
    2017
  • Professional
    ,
    Funky Little Theater Company
    ,
    2017
  • Professional
    ,
    Dangerous Theatre
    ,
    2015
  • Professional
    ,
    Road Less Traveled Productions
    ,
    2010

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Princess Grace
,
New Dramatists
,
2015
Finalist
,
Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play
,
Artie Awards
,
2011