Full Length Play
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play - The inside of a San Francisco BART car, at 4:30 in the morning. The set can be as simple as needed or more developed.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Cutting Approved for Competition, Scene work
Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Church / Religious Groups
Two strangers, a man and a woman, board a San Francisco BART train at 4:30 a.m. They're alone in the car, each is married, both are doing the New York Times crossword. She's an organized, sensible psychologist. He's a free-spirited, unemployed ad exec. She is a crossword pro, he always quits. When he tosses his puzzle away, she snaps, "Crosswords are a metaphor for life, those who finish, succeed, those who don't, fail." Now he vows to finish. Why? He's a competitor and she happens to be lovely. This starts an eighty-minute ride described by critics as "Hilarious," "Witty," "Romantic," "Poignant," and "Wonderfully entertaining." Two opposites in an enclosed space, attacking each other's values but also being swayed and intrigued by them. They each have serious life problems that the other helps solve. Their trip is filled with unpredictable, but believable, surprises, even a passionate kissing embrace or two. As the train ride ends, it's obvious each of them has been changed for the better.
"[...] lovely [...] a battle of the sexes throwback." - The New York Times, Read More
"Must-see play of the year. Witty. Mesmerizing." - Beverly Hills Lookout
"Recommended! A charming, character-driven comedy strives to entertain and succeeds admirably." - Los Angeles Times
"A rich theatrical piece [...] A fascinating eighty minutes in which light banter turns to raw emotion [...] creates a tone that perfectly underscores both the comic and dramatic elements of this suprisingly memorable play [...] 2 Across is a must-see [...] Play of the year." - Los Angeles Weekly
"We had to stop laughing to hear the next line [...] The plays asks us to think, then think again. It's entertainment with revelation [...] Excellent timing." - The Santa Monica Observer
"[...] a bright, witty, poignant and deceptively simple play about two emotional and supposedly mature people [...] Intriguing plot twists and surprises [...] Sparkling, confrontational dialogue." - Palisadian Post
2 Across premiered at the Santa Monica Playhouse in Santa Monica, CA in November 2004 under the direction of Deborah Harmon.