The Man In 316

by  Don A. Mueller

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  3m, 2f

A bus accident victim is brought into the hospital and into the lives of four hospital workers. He is a quiet young man who knows things about these four he could not possibly know and everything he says, with quiet simplicity, seems to be from the Bible!

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The Man In 316

by  Don A. Mueller

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    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    60 minutes (1 hour)
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    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

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Set in the Break Room of a modern hospital. The Man in 316, will keep the audience asking "Who is he?" and "Why does he only speak in scripture?"; when asked his name he will only respond with, the son of man. Four hospital workers use the break room, where the man sits in his wheelchair. The workers include no-nonsence DR. WINTER, STEVE, the irrepressible jokester, their free-wheeling boss NURSE BIDDLE, and stary-eyed LORALEE, a candy striper who believes what the others find unbelievable. How does the man know things about each of the four that he has no way of knowing, and how will the hospital respond when he goes room to room healing? Though it is a play with a message, it is full of lively dialouge and light hearted humor. Your audience will be kept smiling and guessing up to the very last sentence.
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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: Present Day, The Future
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: Break room of a modern hospital.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


3m, 2f
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Cast Attributes

  • Not Applicable

Casting Notes

Ideally the man should be in his 30's. Loralee is a teenager, and the others are various ages.



Don A. Mueller

When a fellow pastor made a suggestion to Rev. Don A. Mueller, then serving a small methodist church in Oakland, CA, Mueller liked the suggestion; Instead of seven dusty sermons on the last words of Jesus from the cross, what about seven playlets. Each reflection one of the sayings of Jesus. Mueller began to write, ...

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