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Handley, Jody (American playwright, writer, communications specialist, 1975-____), “The Waiting Room,”

a 27-minute bare-stage religious drama in English, set in Hell, immediately following Jesus' crucifixion,


; © 2004 by Jody Handley; • in Jody Handley’s The Waiting Room (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Jody Handley, 825 Bush Street #508, San Francisco, California 94108, U.S.A., telephone (home) 415-440-7708, (work) 415-836-4262, e-mail jody@playwrightscentersf.org. • Cited by Jody Handley, via ftp, August 5, 2004; Handley says,

§ Dramatis Personae Jesus (m), 33, the son of God; Judas (m), 32, Jesus' betrayer.

§ Synopsis “Judas, on an empty stage, wonders where he is. Jesus appears. After they realize they're both dead—and in Hell—Jesus reveals he's there to set free souls who don't belong there. They discuss Judas' betrayal, their friendship, Jesus' relationship with God. Judas reveals why he betrayed Jesus and why he killed himself; Jesus reveals that Judas must forgive himself before he can leave Hell. Judas decides to remain in his ‘Waiting Room,’ because while he accepts responsibility for his actions, he still does not believe in God—and he also has not forgiven himself for what he's done.

§ Comment “One scene; no set requirements; minimal lighting requirements. Ideal for excellent actors in a black-box theatre setting. NOTE: This is not a particularly Christian play in the sense that touts that religion. Rather, it explores Jesus' and Judas' relationship with God, philosophy, and Judas’ dealing with not feeling something his friends did.”

§ Themes betrayal, Christianity, death, Easter, friendship, Heaven, Hell, Jesus, Judas, religion, suicide

See also Jody Handley's

  • "Bless Me, Father," a 10-minute contemporary comedy in English, set in a Catholic confessional, 2002, 1m1f
  • "Curls," a 50-minute drama in English, set at a child's beauty pageant at elementary school in Midwest, U.S.A., 8:00 p.m., winter, 2003, 3f
  • "Land's End," a 10-minute contemporary comedy in English, set at Land's End, San Francisco, U.S.A., 2003, 1m1f
  • "Lucky Penny," a 10-minute contemporary comedy in English, set in an apartment, 2002, 3m1f
  • "Subjects," a 40-minute contemporary drama in English, set in an apartment in San Francisco, 2001, 1m1f
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  • To Engage in Mutual Touching or Caressing of the Lips," a 25-minute contemporary comedy in English, set in an apartment, 2000, 1m1f

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