The Exes

Two divorced couples crisscross their romantic paths and hook up with each others’ exes without realizing it until it’s too late and wedding bells start to chime.

Elaine, dumped a few years back by playboy husband Sam, runs a struggling bookstore that somehow attracts the attention of Alex, a shy younger man whose hard-charging wife Corinne also left behind. While the attraction between Elaine and Alex grows, Sam forges ahead with plans to marry his new love – who turns out to be none other than Corinne. No one realizes the connections until Sam asks Elaine to agree to some last minute changes to their divorce settlement – a settlement that stands in the way of Sam and Corinne’s impending nuptials.

“The Exes” is a story about letting go of failed relationships and allowing new love to replace and heal the hurt that can keep us stagnant.

All audiences
Length: approx. 32 pages
Cast size: 4

Production History:

Staged reading at 2013 Fertile Ground Festival of New Works, January 27, 2013 3-5 PM, Hipbone Studios, 1847 E. Burnside, Portland, OR. Cast:

  • Elaine – Dorinda Toner
  • Alex – Nevan Richard
  • Sam – David Roberts
  • Corinne – Foss Curtis

Reviews:

“Fun! We knew something that the characters didn’t know, and their witty-but-believable quips only deepened the embarrassment that we, the audience, gigglingly sensed was in store for them when they finally put it all together.”

– A. L. Adams, Oregon Artswatch, Jan. 30, 2013

 

“…[A] clear story/plot told with skill and talent… The people are sympathetic, witty and amusing. It is a comedy of manners set in modern times… funny, and moving.”

– Vin Lewis, Helen-Jean playwriting contest, September 15, 2015

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