The Road To Ruin

by  Richard Dresser

10 Minute Play, Comedy  /  3m, 1f

Cliff and his wife Connie are in trouble: their car has broken down. They don't know what trouble is, though - until they try and get it fixed at Jimbo's Garage...

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The Road To Ruin

by  Richard Dresser

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration


    10 minutes
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A couple traveling on the freeway experiences a catastrophic breakdown of their car. They are fortunate to be able to coast into the lot of a local body shop – but unfortunate because the shop is staffed by a pair of unscrupulous agents of the most dishonest sort. After a slew of wheeling and dealing, the husband inadvertently signs a contract in triplicate to work at the garage and live there until such time, possibly after years, when he can pay off the various debts Jimbo and Fred push on him.

Published in Ten Minute Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville, Vol. 1.

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Betrayal, Business


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: middle of the night at Jimbo’s garage in a menacing neighborhood of Jersey City
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


3m, 1f
CLIFF – in his thirties
CONNIE – Cliff’s wife
FRED – a middle-aged auto mechanic
JIMBO – proprietor of a Jersey City garage
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Parts for Senior Actors



Richard Dresser

Richard Dresser's plays include Below the Belt and Gun-Shy, both of which moved from Actors Theatre of Louisville Off-Broadway and on to regional productions. Other Actors Theatre of Louisville plays include What Are You Afraid Of?, set in the front seat of a car, Alone at the Beach and Wonderful World. Rounding Third ...

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The Road to Ruin was first produced by Actors Studio Theatre of Louisville on May 26, 1987. It was directed by Bob Krakower.

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