The Ferry

by  Ryan Hill

Short Play, Comedy  /  1m, 1f

A pick-up line ("Are you from Staten Island?") turns metaphysical as a woman from Iowa tries to explain how the world works to an insulated Staten Island native. Originally commissioned by a benefit for families of busboys, dishwashers, and other non-salaried restaurant workers in the World Trade Center.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A pick-up line ("Are you from Staten Island?") turns metaphysical as a woman from Iowa tries to explain how the world works to an insulated Staten Island native. As she speaks, she reveals her prejudices while he, though limited in perception and worldliness, displays the ability to accept what he sees and meet others on equal footing. The Ferry was commissioned by a benefit for families of busboys, dishwashers, and other non-salaried restaurant workers in the World Trade Center. Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 28th Series.
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Accolades

  • Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Setting: The Staten Island Ferry.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1m, 1f
WOMAN
MAN
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Authors

Ryan Hill

Born and raised in northern Wisconsin, Ryan Hill has lived in Berlin and New York and currently resides in Minneapolis. Also a performer and director, he is a Fulbright Scholar and has worked with seminal director Robert Wilson.

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The Ferry was written for and originally produced by Melissa Rayworth in October 2001 as part of Big City, Short Plays - A Benefit Evening for Windows on Hope. The play was subsequently performed at the Vital Theatre Company in New York City in May 2002. It was directed by Karen Sommers.

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