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.
- Type of Show One-act Play
- Product Code TH4000
- Cast Size 10
- Min. Royalty Rate $50/perf
- Cost $8.95
- Approx. Run Time 40 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Touring Group
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583427019
- "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
- "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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