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“Thanks for the Ride”

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McKinlay, William T. (American playwright, 1961-____), “Thanks for the Ride,”

a 20-minute mystery-suspense drama in English, set in a car on a country drive on the way home from college, evening, 1999,


  •  © 1999 by William T. McKinlay;  •  script/rights available from William T. McKinlay,  2400 County Line Road, Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003, U.S.A., e-mail mckinlay@bellatlantic.net, telephone (home) 610-642-3119, (work) 610-642-3119, fax 610-642-2458.  •  Cited by William T. McKinlay, via ftp, September 21, December 20, 1999; McKinlay says,

  § Dramatis Personae Melissa (f), college co-ed who needs a ride home from school; David (m), the ride.

  § Synopsis “David has answered Melissa’s ad for a ride home. After a few short miles, Melissa announces that she’s been up for two days straight and that she might fall asleep. While she is asleep, David uses the opportunity to explore the ‘scenic’ route home. Melissa awakens and discovers that everything is now unfamiliar. David plays a few mind games—or are they just mind games?

  § Comment “There is only one scene, inside a car. Lighting indicates the passage of time.  •  This piece is a series of mind games that continually escalate to a frightening conclusion. Particular attention must be paid to the minor steps along the way. The playwright includes several mandatory production notes.”

  § Themes ad, automobile, co-ed, college, dominance, mind game, ride sharing, sleep deprivation, surprise,

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