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Heaven and Hell (on Earth): A Divine Comedy

One Acts, Short Comedy Collection
11 men, 11 women (flexible casting)
Total Cast: 22, Open Stage
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-1824-1

MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $105 per performance when produced together; negotiable when produced individually.
THE STORIES: In this comic anthology, written for an ensemble of young actors, an array of devilishly talented playwrights put a contemporary spin on a fascinating eternal obsession. Grappling with their own diverse experiences of vice and virtue, salvation and damnation, characters from the twenty-something generation interpret their world with amusing revelations and surprising insights.

Bad-Ass of the Rip Eternal by Elizabeth Wong. A skateboarder celebrates his friend after his untimely death. (1 man)

Barefoot Woman in the Red Dress by Jane Martin. A woman battles her existential thoughts. (1 woman)

Capitalism 101 by Rebecca Gilman. Two friends discuss just how committed they are to their jobs. (2 men)

Coco Puffs by Alice Tuan. A woman struggles with the burdens of being a good friend. (1 woman)

Gone Goth by Melanie Marnich. A young woman battles the sun. (1 woman)

I-Kissandtell by Michael Kassin. Word gets around fast after a hook-up that might be too good to be true. (1 man)

Just Hold Me by William Mastrosimone. A couple is moving too fast—literally. (1 man, 1 woman)

The Millennium Fallacy by Richard Strand. Adrian’s friend believed that in the year 2000 a spaceship would pass by Earth, but she knows the truth. (1 woman)

Note to Self by Hilly Hicks, Jr. A woman desperate for help comes to an ill-prepared man. (1 man, 1 woman)

Red Popcorn by Robert Alexander. A disturbed young woman explains why she is upset. (1 woman)

Riot Grrrrl Guitar by Robert Alexander. A young woman shares her revenge dream. (1 woman)

Robin by Sarah Schulman. A woman explains how her imagination has guided her into a richer life. (1 woman.)

Rosa's Eulogy by Richard Strand. A woman honors a dying animal. (1 woman)

Saints at the Rave by Guillermo Reyes. Two roommates learn from each other how to best to maintain balance. (2 men)

Swirling with Merlin by Keith Glover. A world-weary man gets an interesting proposition from an unlikely place. (1 man)

The Victimless Crime by Deborah Lynn Frockt. A woman confides about her experience with aging…or un-aging. (1 woman.)

Virtual Virtue by Elizabeth Dewberry. A cautionary tale of taking the real world for granted. (1 man, 1 woman)

The Way Down by Richard Strand. Danny has a moment of clarity in the final seconds of his life. (1 man.)

White Elephants by Jane Martin. An angel gives the lay of the land of a particular type of heaven. (1 woman)

Worldness by Jenny Lyn Bader. Two sisters bargain for their future. (2 women)

Young Man Praying by Karen Hines. A young man seeks answers from above. (1 man)