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Tracks

Tracks
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
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Author: Peter Tarsi
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 48
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 1583427015
ISBN-13: 9781583427019
Cast Size: 6 female, 4 male

About the Play:

Tracks is a one-act drama by Peter Tarsi. What happens after we die? In Tracks, 10 confused strangers find themselves in a subway station. They realize that they are all dead and are forced to contemplate whether their life changing choices have placed them on the platform to heaven or hell. Do they climb aboard the next train without knowing where it goes? Particularly suitable for schools and play contests.

Tracks follows a group of strangers who meet in a subway station. They have arrived with limited personal belongings, their watches have stopped and they all claim to be in different cities. Soon they learn there is no way out of the station, and the unfortunate truth is told to them: they are all dead. Since subway stations have two sides, they reason the train leaving from one platform must be bound for heaven, while the train leaving from the other platform must be bound for hell. But which platform are they on? They reflect upon their lives, recalling and confessing past deeds of which they are not proud, hoping to figure out which platform is which. The arrival of someone from the other platform only complicates matters, and the answer remains unclear. As the subway train finally approaches, they must decide whether to stay and ponder their actions further, or to have faith and climb aboard to their final destination. Tracks explores the meaning of life and the impact of our everyday choices.

Tracks is a popular choice for community theatre productions and is an ideal choice for high school drama contests and one-act festivals. This 40-minute play has a very simplistic set with a multitude of ages represented.

Cast: 6 female, 4 male

What people say:

"If you are looking for a show that can come together easily and in a short amount of time, with a single-location set, and meaty, heartfelt moments that students can really sink their teeth into, then this is the show for you." — Maegan Kennedy, Aubrey High School

"This show left our audience in deep thought. It was fairly inexpensive to produce. The set was easy for my beginning Tech Theatre class to construct and the costumes all came from closets. The distinct characters all had specific needs and because the stakes were so high, we were able to sharpen our Troupe's acting skills to the next level. The topic led to great rehearsal discussion – no matter what each student believed. We took this play to competition and scored a Superior! This play is memorable and solid in challenging us to make moments count through life's brevity." — Lizzy Brannan, Cornerstone Charter Academy

"Tracks is great one act for inclusion in a night of performances or to be used as a competition or festival piece. It is easily staged, and can be effectively produced with simple contemporary costumes and three benches. It is a perfect show for a student director because of its clear story and accessible characters." — Christopher Pankratz, Flowing Wells High School

About the Playwright:

Peter Tarsi holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing and physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. He is a high-school physics teacher in Attleboro, Massachusetts, by day, and by night he is the advisor to the school's drama club. Though writing has always been a hobby for him, Tracks is his first play to be published.