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Humorous, by Ken Bradbury, 2000

It seems that there is a waiting room before entering heaven. Three people await.

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Duration

8 - 10 minutes

    Cast Options

  • 2 Females, 2 Males
  • 4 Females
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  • 4 Males
  • 1 Female, 3 Males

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An excerpt …

(three women are entering heaven. It seems there is a registration desk.)

WOMAN ONE: I mean, this is all new, you know.

CELESTE: Don't worry. It's quite simple really.

WOMAN THREE: (running in) Excuse me, is this ...?

WOMAN ONE & WOMAN TWO: Have a seat.

WOMAN THREE: (sits) Sorry.

CELESTE: (finishes writing something, then) Now. Who was first?

(the three look at each other)

WOMAN ONE: (finally, standing) I guess that would be me.

CELESTE: Then you'll be last. Have a seat.

WOMAN ONE: Oh. (sits)

(while Celeste is trying to get them registered, the women keep talking with each other)

CELESTE: You came here directly?

WOMAN THREE: I think I did. I mean, there was no stopover or anything.

CELESTE: (writing) Protestant.

WOMAN TWO: (a beat, then to Woman Three) You came direct? No waiting? How'd you

do that?

CELESTE: (glancing at Woman Two, then writing) Catholic.

WOMAN ONE: I'm not sure how I got here.

CELESTE: (writing) Universalist.

WOMAN ONE: In fact, I'm not even sure where I am.

CELESTE: (scratching out what she's written and writing again) Agnostic.

(the registration process is surprisingly simple)

WOMAN THREE: You're finished with me?  (standing) I mean, don't I have to ... I don't

know ... sign something ... put down a deposit?

CELESTE: Please have a seat. Your bill is paid. (Woman Three sits)

WOMAN THREE: (rising again) But isn't there some sort of test or ...

CELESTE: I'm afraid you've heard too many barroom jokes. Now please ...

WOMAN THREE: (as she sits) ... have a seat.

CELESTE: Thank you.

WOMAN TWO: (stands) Look ... (notices that she's standing and that Celeste is staring,

 She sits)  I noticed as I came in ...

CELESTE: Yes?

WOMAN TWO: Well, there were some people I was expecting to see. (Celeste simply looks

 At her) I mean, they weren't here.

CELESTE: Many are called and few are chosen.

WOMAN ONE: Sort of like the Marines?

CELESTE: (a short stare, then) No.

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