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. Is that what Sadie and Vance need?
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THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

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  • Matthew Weaver:
    20 Feb. 2017
    An interesting look at two marriages, and what happens when they mix and mingle. Who is more compatible: The couple that argues a lot, or the one that regularly swings together? The one where the wife plucks the husband's ear hair (one of my favorite scenes) or the one where the husband is suddenly drawn to the new neighbor? Hoke peppers a sexy situation with the intimacy of reality, and examines the intricacies of relationships. An underlying current of female strength runs through, as the husbands come to grips with all their fantasies really have to offer.
  • David MacGregor:
    22 Dec. 2015
    This is a very funny and very poignant look at two couples who reach for a little bit more than they have, with the risk/reward of getting what they really want or losing what they have grown accustomed to. An insightful and cautionary tale of getting what you wish for.
  • Chas Belov:
    8 Aug. 2015
    OMG, I want to see this play. Lots of conflict, laughs, and love. Wonderful twists and turns illustrating the complexity of the human animal and the messiness of relationships, especially sexual ones. The dialog and subtext consistently jump off the page. Lots of deliciously awkward moments for actors to sink their teeth into. It kept me entertained throughout.

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
    ,
    Basit Oyunlar, Istanbul, Turkey, beginning May 2017-
    ,
    2017
  • Professional
    ,
    Funky Little Theater Company
    ,
    2017
  • Professional
    ,
    Dangerous Theatre
    ,
    2015
  • Professional
    ,
    Road Less Traveled Productions
    ,
    2010

Awards

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