The Gate

by  David L. Paterson

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 1m or f

"Paterson creates stories bristling with character, texture and wit." - The Village Voice
John is killed in a traffic accident and finds himself at the Pearly Gates. Much to his surprise they are in the process of being painted.



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    2m, 1m or f

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One of Paterson's celebrated shorts from his collection, The Blonde and Other Slight Distractions. Perfect for scene studies, two person auditions, scene nights and showcases, providing a wide variety of characters both humorous and thought provoking. In The Gate, John is killed in a traffic accident and finds himself at the Pearly Gates. Much to his surprise they are in the process of being painted, and The Devil in various disguises is constantly trying to get through.
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Reviews

"Paterson creates stories bristling with character, texture and wit." - The Village Voice

"Intelligent, funny dialogues" - Time Out New York

"Rewards in abundance" - The New York Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

License details

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

Production

Details

  • Setting: An empty stage, painted all white, with alarge white iron gate at center.

Casting

2m, 1m or f
MEL - a portly, nondescript fella dressed in white coveralls
JOHN - a "yuppie" wearing only one shoe
PIZZABOY/GRANNY/UPS GUY - the Devil in disguise
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Authors

David L. Paterson

An Award-winning playwright and screenwriter, David has penned over two-dozen plays, 15 of which are published through Samuel French, Inc. His works have been performed on Broadway, Off Broadway and throughout the world. He is the only playwright ever to have three plays premiere on the New York City stage in one mont ...

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