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The Suitcase

Short Play

Running Time: Approximately 10 minutes


Style: Black comedy



An undisclosed location to outsiders with unexplained natural light. Strewn randomly across the floor are a pair of pants, a belt, a man’s dress shirt, a pair of socks, and a banana.  A battered suitcase is off to one side. In the middle of the stage looms a straight backed chair without arms. Also, looming is a solid door at the back of the stage. 


CHRIS, male, 50s, blowzy, wears surgical gloves.
KELLY, male, 50s, rangy, moves with surgical precision.

(Note: characters of the same sex should play the roles) 

Plot Summary: Chris and Kelly, captive in an isolated locale, engage in head games involving a valise.


Kyorurykan Performance Hall, Kyoto, Japan, 2001
Source Theatre Company, Washington D.C., 1998
The Changing Scene, Denver, Colorado, 1995

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