Cover art by Sue Rees

Partial Objects

Sherry Kramer

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The Faust story is one of our eternal myths — a story about striving, about always wanting more, about the struggle to know more, feel more, be more like God. PARTIAL OBJECTS is an adaptation of the myth with two Fausts — a man and a women. When the devil offers them a moment of perfect love, they eagerly agree to give their souls for it. But perfect love is harder to come by then they’d bargained for. A fairy tale about what happens in the night.

Production Info

Cast: 4 total (2 female, 2 male)
Full Length Drama (about 115 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

The critics on Sherry Kramer’s plays:

DAVID’S REDHAIRED DEATH: “Sherry Kramer’s extraordinary play … is like a puzzle: after slowly and painstakingly connecting a series of dots, one uncovers an integrated image out of what appeared to be chaos.” —The Chicago Reader

THINGS THAT BREAK: “… a terribly difficult, painfully beautiful play … This is a wildly imaginative piece of work.” —Nelson Pressley, The Washington Times

THE WALL OF WATER: “THE WALL OF WATER quickly bursts through the dam of conventional theater for two hours of the kind of inspired and breathtaking chaos so rare on America’s stages that we may have forgotten the word for it. The word is farce.” — Margaret Spillane, New Haven Independent

WHAT A MAN WEIGHS: “… its view of sexual politics becomes more and more complex, funny, and biting.” —Time

WHEN SOMETHING WONDERFUL ENDS: “As timely as it is revealing, and as witty as wise.” —Austin Chronicle

About the Author


  • Sherry Kramer

    Sherry Kramer's work has been seen at theaters across the country and abroad, including the Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yale Repertory Theatre, Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York's Second Stage, Woolly Mammoth, and The Theater of the First Amendment. She holds an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and an MFA in Playwriting from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She was the first national member of New Dramatists. She is also an affiliated writer at The Playwright's Center. She is a recipient of NEA, New York Foundation for the Arts and McKnight Fellowships, the Weissberger Playwriting Award, and a New York Drama League Award (WHAT A MAN WEIGHS), the LA Women in Theater New Play Award (THE WALL OF WATER), the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award (DAVID'S REDHAIRED DEATH), and commissions from The Moscow Arts Theatre/Iowa International Workshop (THE DREAM HOUSE) and the Audrey Skirball Kenis Foundation (THE MAD MASTER). Other plays include: WHEN SOMETHING WONDERFUL ENDS, HOW WATER BEHAVES, THINGS THAT BREAK, A THING OF BEAUTY, ABOUT SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION, NAPOLEON'S CHINA (music theatre piece with Ann Haskell and Rebecca Newton), THE MASTER AND MARGARITA (music theatre adaptation with composer Margaret Pine), THE RELEASE OF A LIVE PERFORMANCE, PARTIAL OBJECTS, THE WORLD AT ABSOLUTE ZERO, HOLD FOR THREE, CAKE, NANO AND NICKI IN BOCA RATON, IVANHOE, AMERICA, THE LONG ARMS OF JUPITER, THE RULING PASSION, THE END OF RADIO, THE LAW MAKES EVENING FALL, and THE BAY OF FUNDY: AN ADAPTATION OF ONE LINE FROM THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/21/2011
Pages 82
ISBN 9780881455199

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

First produced by Mill Mountain Theater, Roanoke VA

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Partial Objects is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC