This one-act is one of
three plays included in Chapman's collection
West of Boston,
also available thru JAC.
The 5:05 Cast of Characters (in order of speaking)
The Conductor (male or
A woman with a
A nervous man (or
A disheveled man (or
The interior of a railway car.
In The 5:05 a train car full of commuters at
the end of the day unwinds and unburdens themselves on the way home. We
learn that one man still goes into Boston every day, but not to a job. He’s
out of work, and he spends his days looking for work at the last level he
occupied before he fell from the ranks of the gainfully employed. An
acquaintance commiserates, but not too much. Another man concludes a
business deal on the phone, and a woman is dumped by her boyfriend by cell
phone; life goes on. Two women—Joy and Dot—discuss the unfairness of their
workplace, and concoct a scheme by which they’ll help each other get a
bonus, but then get bogged down in an argument over who should make the
first sacrifice for the other. A nervous man or woman, a disheveled man or
woman and a student—each oblivious in his or her own way to the life lived
by the rest of the passengers—are along for the ride as well.
About this Playwright
CHAPMAN is a Boston-area writer. He is the author of The
Year of the Gerbil: How the Yankees Won (and the Red Sox Lost) the Greatest Pennant Race
Ever, a history of the 1978 Red Sox season, and A View of the Charles, a novel.
He has written twenty plays, including the following which have been performed, published
The Little Theatre is a one-act play for middle
and high school audiences that follows a group of four students as they prepare for a
speech and debate tournament. It is published by Eldridge Publishing;
The Undertakers Club is a one-act play for middle
and high school audiences about a group of adolescent outcasts who start their own student
organization devoted to mortuary science. It was a finalist in the 2003 Jackie White
Memorial National Childrens Play Writing Contest and is published by Brooklyn
The 5:05 is a one-act depiction of an
evenings run on a Boston commuter train. It received a staged reading as part of the
Boston Directors Lab 2003 New Directions Playwright Festival and was a semi-finalist at
the 2002 Nantucket Short Play Competition;
The Picket Line, a full-length play about a labor
dispute in a small Massachusetts town, received a staged reading by the Manhattan Theatre
Cooperative in January of 2005;
The Last Day of the Mai-Tai Novelty Company is a
ten-minute play about a foreclosure sale at which an old lady with her eye on a box of
stuffed animals gets into a bidding war with a professional bottom-fisher. It was
performed as part of Acme Theatres 2003 New Works Winter Festival in Maynard,
Massachusetts. The Ten-Minute Workshop is a ten-minute play about ten-minute plays. It was
performed at the Hovey Players 2003 Summer Shorts Festival and was the favorite comedy of
The Theater Mirror: New Englands Live Theatre Guide. It was also
performed as part of the 2004 Buffalo Quickies Festival at the Alleyway
Theatre in Buffalo, New York.
Take Out the Trash is a ten-minute play about
whom, as between a man and woman who share an apartment, will take out the trash. It was
performed as part of the Theatre Collaboratives 2004 Ritalin Readings
and the Arlington Friends
of the Drama “Short Takes Festival” in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Fast Nickels, a one-act play about a used car
salesman, was performed as part of the New England Academy of Theatres 2004 Short
& NEAT One Act Play Festival in New Haven, Connecticut.
The Hat Trick,
a two-act play, received a staged reading by The New Play House in
Frederick, Maryland, in December of
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plays available from Con Chapman, visit his
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