"Moment of Evolution"
by JP Howes
Six one act plays linked by a single setting - a diner in the middle of nowhere,
and also linked by one disconnected circumstance - a fat women in the restroom.
Each of the six plays are comedies that stand alone or tell a complete story when all are played as
one full length play:
I. Roadkill - in a lone cafe on a deserted highway, a fat woman who lies dead in an outdoor
lavatory prompts a strange encounter between a young passionate woman and a man, indifferent
and detached, who clean tables and brews coffee behind the counter.
Eddie, the manager of the diner, Joe's Place
Addie, a women looking to commit suicide
II. Letter to the Enemy - a young, pregnant woman from the south is forced to marry a man she
doesn't know to keep the public and press from knowing the truth about the identity of the baby's
Laura, a young pregnant woman from Georgia
Bill, in charge of PR for the President
Hugh, Laura's fiance and a PR man working for Bill
III. The Stand-up - a bounty hunter assigned to transport a Native American Indian rights activist to
federal officials discovers that he is not expected to finish the journey. A battle of intelligence,
strength, and wit forms a connection between the two men who are both victims of a bigger plan.
Sonny, a bounty hunter with dreams of being a stand-up comedian
Beau, a Native American Indian activist
Lana, a quirky woman with her own reason for tracking down beau
IV. Burning Love - a young girl sets her boyfriend's truck on fire when he's in it to keep him from
going to the fireman's ball with someone else.
Russell, a fireman nearly burned to death when his truck was set on fire
Emmaline, his underage girlfriend
V. Bloodline -- a scientist needs the help of one of her students to complete some controversial
research involving a strange community removed from civilization
Dr. Erickson, a female biologist working on a genetics experiment
Susan, her student at a community college
VI. Long Way Home