ANOTHER HUNDRED PEOPLE
A Play by Linnea Rose
Lights up on a moving subway train car. Two people are trying to find a comfortable spot to sit or stand. MAN/WOMAN #1 and MAN/WOMAN #2 are standing up and MAN/WOMAN #3 is sitting DRC
(To MAN/WOMAN #2) Ooo! Let’s go!
Ugh. Why not?
(MAN/WOMAN #3 is sitting in the spot where they pointed)
(Pointing to a spot further down) Let’s go!
The two make their way slowly but surely to the spot URC. As they are struggling to make it through the crowd of people, MAN/WOMAN #3 crosses briskly to the spot URC and puts chair down facing the DRC and sits.
The train comes to a screeching halt. A giant crowd leaves the train, pushing and shoving through the both of them. MAN/WOMAN #3 crosses URC with chair and stands pantomiming holding the hanging handle/bar.
Let’s go! (Pointing at all of the new open seats. A new crowd enters as MAN/WOMAN #1 and MAN/WOMAN #2 try to maneuver their way URC through the sea of city-folk. They try to get around MAN/WOMAN # 3 who is holding a big bag.) Ugh. We can’t.
The train comes to an abrupt halt and MAN/WOMAN #1 loses their balance and bumps into MAN/WOMAN #3 and creates a domino effect and they both topple over. The two stand up brush themselves off. MAN/WOMAN #3 gives MAN/WOMAN #1 an annoyed look, scoffs and turns the opposite direction and exits the subway car URC.
Let’s go! (Helping MAN/WOMAN #1 up from the ground as the crowd enters the car.)
We can’t. (Motioning to the crowd. MAN/WOMAN #3 re-enters as a different character. Two seats open up and MAN/WOMAN #1 and MAN/WOMAN #2 run to the seats as MAN/WOMAN #3 is walking towards them and completely cuts them off. They both cross their legs and smile proudly. Just as they get settled their stop comes up. The train stops.)