Sponsored by:
  • The Humana Foundation

February 26 - April 6, 2014

Run Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes
There will be no intermission.

by Dorothy Fortenberry
directed by Lila Neugebauer

Friendship. Marriage. Money… It’s easy to share everything, until you get a little something.

Clare has big plans with her best friend Ezra—starting a food truck, making him marry his boyfriend—until an unexpected windfall forces them to face how they truly feel about money and commitment. A witty, incisive look at two young couples struggling with personal finance, the meaning of marriage, and the deeply human capacity for self-sabotage—as they decipher the ongoing mystery of how to be an adult.

Dorothy Fortenberry’s work has been produced and developed by Arena Stage, Center REPertory Company, Geva Theatre Center and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, as well as by Ars Nova, Chalk Repertory Theatre and The Management Theater Company. She is currently working on a commission for Yale Repertory Theatre about a children’s book author. She lives in Los Angeles, where she writes for the CW television series The 100 and is developing a one-hour drama series with Ry Russo-Young at Bravo. Fortenberry is a winner of the 2011 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a two-time finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.


  • Audience Advisory: Adult language and content.
  • Age Recommendation: Ages 15+ (Grades 12+)
Partners was written at The MacDowell Colony and developed by CREATIVE DESTRUCTION, Page 73 and LiveWire CHICAGO THEATRE.


What the critics are saying about Partners

“The most interesting part of “Partners” doesn’t concern the subject of same-sex marriage. Instead, the play holds power in how it puts all the intimate relationships at play under lens in a way that invites a spectator to think about examining the integrity he or she brings to his or her own relationships.” — Elizabeth Kramer, Courier-Journal

“When it gets down to the nitty gritty, the play gives us beautifully observed moments for each of the three partnerships that investigate relationships in a manner that is easily identifiable. We can recognize these people in our own lives, even with the perfectly timed comic dialogue, and, in the end, Partners leaves us with a larger point of view that puts its characters in perspective and allows the audience to feel resolution.” — Keith Waits,

“Directed by Lila Neugebauer, “Partners” is a smart, entertaining and insightful examination of power dynamics and painful transitions in adult relationships.” – Erin Keane, WFPL



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