There has been an horrific accident, with a scene of injured and dying. Addiction, dependency, death, drugs, alcohol are all choices which are made. Useful at Halloween as well.
Theme: There is a time of judgment for all, you must make a decision about the road you will travel
Cast: Driver 1, likely male, parent?Passenger, likely female, parent?Driver 2, likely male, parent?Officer, male or female?Ambulance Attendant 1, male or female (small speaking part)?Ambulance Attendant 2, male or female (small speaking part)?approximately 8 non-speaking parts as victims, cemetery workers, God
Set: Very minimal, have small raised areas at upstage left and right locations?Large Road Sign graphic at Upstage Center:? Straight Up is labeled Dead End Road? Turn to Right is labeled Freedom Drive? Turn to Left is labeled Breakfree Drive
Props: Stretcher, Blankets, Tarpaulin, Stage Blood
Sound: taped sounds of cars, sirens, crack of thunder
Lighting: Spotlights?Will need lights to represent car lights, police and ambulance flashing lights, red flash for finale
Costumes: Ambulance attendants and police officer uniforms
Run-time: 40 minutes
Opens with couple miming driving in a car.
There is sound of police sirens, flashing lights to indicate police cruisers
Driver 1 looks in rear view mirror, mimes pulling over to the side, policeman/woman come to door of car.
Driver 1: Yes, officer, what’s this all about, can I help you?
Officer: May I see your drivers license, registration please?
Driver 1: Fine, but make it quick please, we are in a hurry.
Officer: Mind telling me where you are going?
Driver 1: Going? We are simply driving down Lifes Road here, what’s the big deal?
Officer: You said you were in a hurry, just wonder what was hurrying you along so much.
Driver 1: In case you didn’t notice, this is Industryville, folks here are always in a hurry.
Passenger: It’s not as though we are doing anything wrong is it, officer?
Officer: Wrong? Not really wrong, no, but the fact is, this road is a dead-end.
Driver 1: What is that supposed to mean? I happen to have been traveling this here Lifes Road all my life, I have never seen the dead end.
Officer: But there are clearly marked signs all along the road, they tell you this is a dead end.
Passenger: Oh, really! Those signs are put there by over-zealous weirdoes from over there on Freedom Drive, (points to stage right); no one pays any attention to them or their signs!
sound of another vehicle pulling up, headlights sweep across stage, Driver 2 comes on stage
Driver 2: What’s the holdup here Officer, I need to get by.
Officer, to Driver 2: And where are you going, sir?
Driver 2: Going? I am not going anywhere! Why should we have to be going somewhere? I and my partner are simply driving down Lifes Road, and your patrol car is blocking our path.
Driver 1: The good officer insists that this is a dead end road.
Driver 2: Dead end road? Don’t tell me, you are new on this beat aren’t you, Officer?
Officer: Yes, I am new on this beat, but I am not sure what difference that makes. This road is clearly marked as a dead end road, the signs can’t just be ignored.
Driver 2: Tell you what Officer, I am sure your professors in police college gave you all that mellow-yellow stuff about how things oughta be. But let me bring you up to speed on how things really operate in this town.
Officer: How things really operate?
Driver 2, puts arm around Officer’s shoulder in paternal way: Look, we all know that there are road signs all along Route LR . . .
Officer: Route LR?
Driver 2: Lifes Road. Some of the more rash folks on Freedom Drive in this town, they feel we need these signs, calling Route LR a dead end road. So powers that be, they go along, put up signs. But all us normal, hard-working, tax-paying middle of the road folks, we just kind of ignore those signs. And the cops on the beat, they turn a blind eye. So, you see, everyone is happy!
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