A group of strangers meet in a dirty subway station. They have arrived with limited personal belongings, their watches have stopped and they all claim to be in different cities. Soon they learn there is no way out of the station, and the unfortunate truth is told to them: they are all dead. Since subway stations have two sides, they reason the train leaving from one platform must be bound for heaven, while the train leaving from the other platform must be bound for hell. But which platform are they on? They reflect upon their lives, recalling and confessing past deeds of which they are not proud, hoping to figure out which platform is which. The arrival of someone from the other platform only complicates matters, and the answer remains unclear. As the subway train finally approaches, they must decide whether to stay and ponder their actions further, or to have faith and climb aboard to their final destination.
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- Type of Show One-act Play
- Product Code TH4000
- Cast Size 10
- Min. Royalty Rate $50/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 40 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Touring Group
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583427019
- "Tracks is great one act for inclusion in a night of performances or to be used as a competition or festival piece. It is easily staged, and can be effectively produced with simple contemporary costumes and three benches. It is a perfect show for a student director because of its clear story and accessible characters."
- Review by Christopher Pankratz, Flowing Wells High School, Tucson, Ariz.
- "Tracks was a thoughtful and exciting show to produce. It gave each performer a meaty role to research and they could make bold acting choices based on their character analysis. It was a wonderful, thought provoking, and interesting show and we had a lot of positive comments from our audiences on how much they enjoyed the story and the "open" ending led to many discussions!"
- Review by Lea Marshall, Leon High School, Tallahassee, Fla.
- "An existential experience for students and audience. This play shows us how to examine the choices we make in life and how we need to be responsible for those choices even after we die."
- Review by Kate Trongale, Castle Park High School, Chula Vista, Calif.
- "A great ensemble piece for any high-school theatre group! The theme is great for explorations and discussions regarding death and the afterlife."
- Review by Rassika Malhotra-Risko, Governor Simcoe Secondary School, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
- "What a concept! Great chance for actors to create some strong, individual characters. Script makes you think and has a poweful story line."
- Review by Natalie Saunders, Ottumwa High School, Ottumwa, Iowa
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "There were multiple design opportunities for my students in the areas of choosing a more realistic or stylized set, character color palates, lighting, sounds, and other technical aspects. It is a fairly easy show to costume and the set can be minimal or you could use more involved and intense technical element."
- Tip by Lea Marshall, Leon High School, Tallahassee, Fla.
- "This is a difficult show because it is philosophical and the lines don't allow for some of the moments to play out as expected. Character development is difficult. The actors have a lot of individual work. They need to think a lot when they accept their death."
- Tip by Cathy Archer, Rutland High School, Rutland, Vt.
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