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Terminal Terror - Short Play, Comedy

Terminal Terror

Kitty Burns

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Short Play, Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573701344

Interplay between an airline agent and four passengers reveals that two are deadly afraid of flying. Their fear is eased once they are in the air - until their destination is revealed.  Published in the collection If God Wanted Us To Fly He Would Have Given Us Wings!

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Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
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Short Play



30 minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - Scene One takes place in the terminal of the JFK Airport. Scene Two takes place onboard a puddle jumper airplane.


No intermission

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


No Special Cautions


Death, Memory


Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre

Four passengers enter the lounge area of Phoenix Airlines in JFK International Airport.As they wait for their flight to New London, Connecticut, they discuss their attitudes on flying. Two are afraid to fly, and two are not. Then, onboard the airplane, the passengers are aware that there is something mysterious about the flight. They discover that they all died together in a plane crash five years ago, and have been repeating this flight every year for the past five years on the anniversary of the crash. They then find out that they are all on their way to Hell, and will continue to repeat this flight, along with the plane crash, once a year until they are able to discover and admit why they were sent to Hell instead of Heaven.

Published in the collection If God Wanted Us To Fly He Would Have Given Us Wings!

Terminal Terror premiered with the Rasputin Theatre Company, at the Studio Erimos, in San Francisco, in 1991.


3m, 2f


Casting is up to the Director.


No Chorus

AGENT/PILOT - about 30, anal retentive
JENNIFER SUMNER - early 20’s, “Princess” Attitude
LIZ DAVIDSON - about 50, bossy
JACK DAVIDSON - about 50, uncouth
HERMAN SCHNEIDER - 30-50, pushy
Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)

Kitty Burns

Kitty Burns

Kitty Burns grew up thinking she was 100% Irish Catholic; then, to her surprise, at 18 years of age, she found out that she was only 50% Irish Catholic. The other 50% was Russian Jew! With an identity crisis like that, she figured that she should get into something sensible and rational that would give her a strong sense of reality, and help her figure out who she "really was," so she became an ... view full profile

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Kathleen Therese Nasarow [W] 7/26/2014 12:48 PM
"Terminal Terrror" is like a comedy "Twilight Zone" episode.  I attended the premiere in San Francisco, and was thoroughly entertained.  I hope to see it again someday.
Tory-Kale Schulz 12/18/2013 12:31 PM
I read the summary for "Terminal Terror" and figured it would be a great dark comedy to explore.  More than halfway through the script, I found myself chuckling along with the character development and plot, and then everything picked up in a hurry and in a very weird way.  It was as if the author was so involved in her creation that she kept writing, and then suddenly realized that she was writing a One Act and needed to solve the conflict and come to some sort of plot conclusion.

It was that transition, the pithy and disappointing resolution to each characters' conflict,  and the extremely poor (and I can't emphasize that enough) conclusion to the script that made this choice a poor one.  I am fair at giving this play 1 Star for the humorous beginning of the script…and I am being entirely fair at giving it no more for the rest of it.

As a high school director, had I known that one of the characters is doomed for Hell because of her promiscuity earlier in life, I wouldn't have even reviewed the script.  Consider yourself warned.

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