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“On Hold at 30,000 Feet”

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Burns, Kitty (Irish-Russian American playwright, analyst, 1951-____), “On Hold at 30,000 Feet,”

a 30-minute comedy in English, set aboard a plane, San Francisco Airport, California. 1:00 p.m., on a weekday, 1995,

2m2f (+ 1 voice),

© 1995 by Kitty Burns, script/rights available from Charles Van Nostrand, President, Samuel French, Inc., 45 West 25th Street, New York, New York 10010, U.S.A., telephone (work) 212-206-8990, http://www.samuelfrench.com, item SF 16974. Cited by Kitty Burns, via ftp, June 23, 1998; Burns says,
Dramatis Personae David (m), a nervous passenger; Harvey (m), a confident passenger; _______ (f), ________; _______ (f), ________.

Synopsis “David is sitting in his seat reading a book. Harvey enters and sits next to David. Harvey is extremely nervous about flying for the first time and looks to David for comfort. David gives him short, abrupt answers, hinting that he does not want to be disturbed. David introduces Harvey to the call button, which everyone, including the Flight Attendants live to regret.  By the time the plane takes off, even the pilot is ready to come out and personally demonstrate the emergency exits, using Harvey as a model. David suggests that Harvey call his psychiatrist to talk him through the flight. He does, but keeps getting put on hold.  Finally, more frustrated than usual, Harvey hangs up and calls his psychic, who predicts that by the end of the flight, Harvey will be ‘resting comfortably.’ Harvey and David both misinterpret this to mean that the rest of the flight will go very smoothly. By the end of the flight, Harvey’s frustration is unbearable, even for Harvey. After figuring out that the phone calls he made are going to cost him more than his airfare, Harvey is ‘resting comfortably’—forever . . . .”

Comment Published with “Terminal Terror,” a comedy, 3m2f, and “Identity Crisis,”a comedy, 3m3f, in If God Wanted Us to Fly, He Would Have Given Us Wings, both available from Samuel French, Inc.

Themes ambiguity, communication, flying, neurosis, prophecy, psychiatry, psychic counseling.

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