The Vacant Lot


Jeannine Coulombe

Published by Dramatic Publishing

3 Male 2 Female

In the last moments of her life, Melissa Cole searches for peace

But in her desire to not be another person in a hospital bed dying from AIDS she lands in a place that is not here and not eternity

Assisted by Fred, an unexpected and otherworldly guide, she travels from a bench in Central Park to the wart on Abe Lincoln's face on top of Mount Rushmore, hoping to connect the dots of her life

Fred helps her find the strength to face the harrowing relationships, struggles and mistakes that have plagued her life but in the process helps her to not only remember but also relish the joys of being alive

"Memories are strange," says Melissa. "They don't like to show you the whole picture. Some things are so vivid and others seem so blurry"

In a quest to make sense of both the blurry and the vivid, Melissa strives to embrace the whole picture

In the end, she discovers that her connection to Fred may be more than it appears and her ability to embrace her life and find peace has consequences for them both

One of the male actors plays four roles. This doubling is specific and intentional

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