The End of 'I'

by  Diana Amsterdam

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m, 1f

Jerome started having intimations of mortality when his motorcycling buddy was killed in an accident. The reality of death weighs on him like an anchor dragging him into madness. Only two things can calm him: racing like the wind on his motorcycle and lying in his loving wife's arms. She is getting …

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The End of 'I'

by  Diana Amsterdam

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

When his motorcycle buddy dies in an accident, Jerome starts obsessing about death. "The end of I" weighs on him like an anchor dragging him into madness. Only two things can calm him: racing like the wind on his motorcycle and lying in his loving wife's arms. She is getting worried -
particularly when he suggests that they visualize death together. Funny, morbid, true, this play is a favorite of college theater departments.
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Reviews

"The meaning of life in an intricate web of obsession, strength and love." -Bernard Parry, review of Priestley Center for the Arts production, UK

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $75 with other plays in collection

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: Composite set representing a mountaintop, a bedroom, and a city street.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

2m, 1f
JEROME - late 30s
ALICE - late 30s
CURTIS - late 30s
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Diana Amsterdam

Diana Amsterdam is a New York based playwright whose work is published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing, St. Martins Press, and Smith and Kraus, and produced all over the world, with translations in five languages. The 2011 production of her play Carnival Round the C ...

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First presented at the West Bank Cafe, Manhattan, New York, 1989, directed by Anita Khanzadian.

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