Drop (DeAngelis/Barry)

by  J. Michael DeAngelis, Pete Barry

Short Play, Comedy  /  3m

Trapped at the top of a roller coaster, two old friends ponder their existence while they await their fate.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Trapped at the top of a roller coaster, two old friends ponder their existence while they await their fate.

Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 34th Series.

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  • Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The play is set in the front car of a roller coaster, at the top of the largest hill. The roller coaster can be as realistic or minimalist as desired by the production team. It can be succesfully represented by nothing more than two chairs or in a full
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)


MIKE – Afraid of heights. 20s or early 30s
RIC – Mike's friend. 20s or early 30s
JACKSON – A repair man. Any age.
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting



J. Michael DeAngelis

J. Michael DeAngelis is a writer, actor, and director. His short play, Drop (co-written with Pete Barry), was a winner of the 34th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. He has written or co-written the plays Antony & Cleopatra: Infinite Lives, X/Y, Signs from God, Deep Fried Everything and the anth ...

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Pete Barry

Pete Barry is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, actor, director and musician. His short plays have been published in numerous collections, including Accidents Happen  and Eric Lane's anthology Shorter, Faster, Funnier. Accidents Happen is published by Samuel French and won the 2009 NJACT Perry Award for Outsta ...

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Drop was originally workshopped at the Brunch One Act Festival at the Actor's Playground Theater in New York City, December 28-29, 2002. It was directed by JoEllen Notte.

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