60 minutes (1 hour)
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play - A nearly empty living room in an old house. Packing crates and cartons are scattered around the room along with stacks of books and a rolled up rug. All the signs of people moving in. Against the back wall is a fireplace.
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Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
No Special Cautions
Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
A young couple and their two small children move to a rural town to escape the violence and pollution of the city. While working to restore their antique home they hire a neighbor to watch the children. She tells them something's buried beneath the hearth. They unearth a small coffin but, it's empty. One night they hear shuffling and scratching in the attic. The next morning, in a crawl space, they make a frightening discovery. Perhaps their neighbors are more terrifying than their discovery in the attic. The horror of this play is that the Inhabitant is different. He doesn't kill anyone. He doesn't attack anyone. His only crime was being born "different." This spine tingling one-act brings to mind, - "...things that go bump in the night."
Rural Nightmare first appeared as a short story in the Boston Globe. The author was comissioned by Baker's Plays to rework the story into a one-act play.