On Hold at 30,000 Feet
by Kitty Burns
Short Play, Comedy / 2m, 1f
One of two airline passengers seated together plans to read while the other hopes to lure him into babysitting a bumbling bundle of psychotic neurosis who, during the short flight, alienates the crew, the passengers and life itself.
Harvey is taking his first airplane flight. This is the fourth time he’s been on an airplane, but the first time he has stayed on board after the airplane door was shut. He is deathly afraid of flying and is taking no chances of anything going wrong. He has brought with him every good luck charm imaginable, and puts David, the unwilling passenger next to him, in charge of keeping his neurosis at a minimum. When David gives up and abandons his task, Harvey telephones his psychiatrist to talk him through the flight. Harvey is furious about being put on hold and hangs up and calls his psychic to finish the job. She does, and makes a few predictions with both settling and unsettling results.
Published in the collection If God Wanted Us To Fly He Would Have Given Us Wings!
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- Minimum Fee: £62 per performance
£29 per play individually
Plus VAT when applicable
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 30 minutes
- Setting: An airplane
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
DAVID WATKINS - 30s-50s, distant, unfriendly
FLIGHTATTENDANTS (2) - 20s-30s
PILOT - any age, voice over
- Not Applicable
Plus 1 voice