Heat Lightning

by  Robert F. Carroll

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 1f

Out of a summer storm, a panic stricken girl rushes into a bus stop terminal on a deserted highway, and bolts the door behind her. Encountering a lone passenger waiting for the last bus, she gaps out her frightening experience of having just witnessed a murder and escaped from the maniac. Gradually,…

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    2m, 1f

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Out of a summer storm, a panic stricken girl rushes into a bus stop terminal on a deserted highway, and bolts the door behind her. Encountering a lone passenger waiting for the last bus, she gaps out her frightening experience of having just witnessed a murder and escaped from the maniac. Gradually, the man's insistent questioning about the murderer's identity leads the girl to realize he's the man. The realization is shattered when a flash of lightning reveals another man's face at the door. The second man is admitted. Now the girl has her back to the wall, not knowing who is to be trusted and who is to be feared. Her decision is the climax of the play.

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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

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  • Setting: The interior of a bus station.

Casting

2m, 1f

GIRL - about 23, blonde, small and delicate looking. She is disheveled from the rain. Her hair hangs loosely about her head, almost all the wave gone. Her make-up is washed away. Almost constantly on the verge of hysteria. She has on what would seem to be a party dress, but now torn and dirty.

FIRST MAN - about 35, tall, precise in his dress. He is wet from the storm, but tries to do what he can to alleviate this condition. He is nice-looking. Wears top coat and solf felt hat, both of which are wet.

SECOND MAN - about 35, not so tall as the first man and not so nice-looking. Determined in his manner. He wears a dark suit, the collar turned up. No hat. He is drenched.

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Robert F.  Carroll

Robert F. Carroll

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