Modern Times, Almost a Musical by David Laing Dawson
A depressed psychiatrist finds himself on a subway platform with a homeless neo-Buddhist waiting for a train as well as a recently separated unhappy father having an affair with a young woman who is suicidal and talking on the phone with a suicide counselor. The suicide counselor joins them on the platform. Trains arrive, disgorge and depart. Two buskers periodically interrupt and play and sing. Like a Greek chorus their songs provide worldly context and commentary. Osama bin Laden glides by on roller blades. Bankers lament regulation.
Dark humour, absurdity, electronics, cell phones, the internet, the mid east, global warming, the destruction of language and rationality.
Watch a video sample here.
Keywords: Meaning of life, relationships, subway, philosophy, suicide.
Produced by The Pearl Company, Hamilton ON, 2014. Also produced by Gallery on the Bay, Hamilton ON.
Run time: 85 minutes
Content note: Obvious fake and absurd gun is used. All subway action by sound only. Glide by of Osama is optional, or exchanged for more contemporary world nemesis. DVD versions of productions available along with music.
Cast size: 4 actors
Male roles: 3
Female roles: 1
Casting note: Buskers/bankers can be doubled up.