WE ALL HAVE SOMEWHERE TO BE

WE ALL HAVE SOMEWHERE TO BE

A One-Minute Play by Linnea Rose

Lights up on a crowded train. There are a few different types of people on this train: a BUSINESS PERSON, STUDENT, TOURIST, and NANNY. It is rush hour on the early morning commute.

BUSINESS PERSON

This is a joke. I have a conference call with Berlin at 8:00AM.

STUDENT

Ugh! My professor is going to kill me. This is the fourth time I have been late this semester.

TOURIST

What is happening? We’re stuck? The world is ending?

NANNY shushes the TOURIST. NANNY rocks baby in baby carriage back and forth as best they can with the crowd.

OVERHEAD VOICE

Attention passengers, at this time we will be standing by until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.

STUDENT

This cannot be happening.

BUSINESS PERSON

Not today.

TOURIST

The Faneuil Hall tour was non-refundable. Maybe they can reschedule.

OVERHEAD VOICE

Attention passengers, at this time we will be standing by until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.

STUDENT

Signal error?

BUSINESS PERSON

Schedule adjustment?

TOURIST

Apocalypse?

NANNY

Medical emergency.

ALL look to NANNY.

OVERHEAD VOICE

Attention passengers, at this time we will be standing by until further notice due to a medical emergency at Copley. We apologize for the inconvenience.

ALL acknowledge NANNY as if congratulating on their guess.

BUSINESS PERSON

I am going to lose Berlin. They will switch to Brown Brothers, those sons of bitches. They took Milan last quarter. I’ll be god-damned if I lose Berlin.

STUDENT

I am going to fail my mid-term. Fuck, I’m not even going to be able to show up to my mid-term. Say hello to summer school and an extra $10,000 I can kiss good-bye.

TOURIST

I’m not going to walk along the Trail of Freedom to see the homes of the Boston stars.

NANNY sings a lullaby to the baby.

OVERHEAD VOICE

Attention passengers, the next train to Government Center is now arriving.

ALL (except NANNY)

Let’s go!

BUSINESS PERSON, STUDENT, and TOURIST all run off the train and board the other one. They sit down, out of breath.

OVERHEAD VOICE

Attention passengers, at this time we will be standing by until further notice due to a medical emergency at Copley. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The doors shut on the train that NANNY is still on. The train pulls away. NANNY waives goodbye to the passengers on the other train from across the platform.

NANNY

(Baby-talk to baby) Dumb shits will never learn. No they won’t. No they won’t. 

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