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“The End of the Line”

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Silver, Dick (aka H. Richard Silver, American playwright, writer, 1949-____), “The End of the Line,”

a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a rural train station near the ocean, 6:00 a.m. on a summer morning, 2001,


; • © 2001 by Dick Silver; • in Dick Silver’s The End of the Line (Sagaponack, New York, U.S.A.: The Author, 2001); • script/rights available from H. Richard Silver, P.O. Box 194, Sagaponack, New York 11962, U.S.A., e-mail silverplay433@cs.com, telephone (home) 631-537-2073, (work) 212-980-2768. • Cited by Dick Silver via ftp December 30, 2003; Silver says,

§ Dramatis Personae Harley (m), 30, a yuppie type advertising executive, vain and self-important, dressed in the latest fashion; Gus (m), 30, the station agent, scruffy and street smart; Cynthia (f), 25, very pretty and fashionable.

§ Synopsis “Harley and Cynthia enter a somewhat deserted looking train station near the beach early on a summer morning. They say good-bye to each other and Cynthia exits. Harley paces expecting the train to arrive momentarily when he sees Gus sweeping the platform. Gus informs him that the train doesn't stop at this station anymore. To get the train to stop, he has to flag it, which he can do only if the passenger has a ticket. When Harley tries to buy a ticket from Gus, Harley discovers he left his wallet and cell phone in the car and has no money. He offers Gus his Rolex to hold till the next day, but Gus won’t take it. Gus, instead, offers to give Harley a ticket if he’ll play cards until the train arrives and Gus flags it down. Having to get to New York City for an important presentation, Harley agrees. Gus only wants to play poker. But the only thing Harley can wager is his clothes. What follows is a game of strip poker with Harley's ‘Armani’ type clothing being bet against Gus’ work clothes. In the ensuing game, they each reveal themselves; and when the train comes, it is Harley, wearing Gus' clothes, who flags the train as Cynthia enters and, thinking Gus is Harley, gives him Harley’s wallet, cell phone, and a kiss, as she quickly exits.

§ Comment “The play is one scene with all costume changes occurring onstage. Harley needs to be dressed as someone going to a major presentation, someone extremely stylish. The set is minimal—signs, bench, etc. Props are minimal too. • The script awaits its premiere.

§ Themes “frailty of position, loss of identity, self importance.”

See also Dick Silver's

  • "Looking for Aeschylus," a 6-minute comedy in English, set at the information desk of a library, any afternoon, 2002


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