The Peter Plays
THE PETER PLAYS – What’s it like when certain celebrities reach heaven?
These are short (about 5-10 minutes in length) comedies. Each play involves the central character reaching heaven and encountering Peter, who ensures that they are given the treatment they deserve based on their behavior on Earth.
The plays utilize a bare stage with one or two doors, depending on the play.
They can either be performed together as a production, or individually. They are ideal to include within a production of one-act plays.
THE ETERNITY OF DONALD TRUMP:
Peter, the caretaker of heaven, informs Donald Trump that he will be in a room with another person, with one being the master and the other the servant who must do whatever the master wishes. The master will be the one with the most money on earth. Trump eagerly enters the room, but is shocked when he finds out who the other person is.
THE ETERNITY OF HUGH HEFNER:
Peter leads Hugh to expect that behind the door in heaven that he chooses he will spend eternity with gorgeous women. How does Hefner react when he finds out who is actually in the room?
THE ETERNITY OF IMELDA MARCOS:
1 M, 1 F
The shoes that Imelda Marcos is assigned in heaven by Peter are not exactly what she bargained for.
THE ETERNITY OF JACKIE ONASSIS:
1 M, 2 F
When the seemingly demure Jackie chooses the door in heaven behind which she will spend eternity, is she telling Peter, the caretaker of heaven, that she is much more randy than is generally thought?
THE ETERNITY OF JACQUES COUSTEAU:
When Jacques Cousteau meets Peter in heaven, and learns there are no sea animals in heaven, he is distraught. But Peter explains that something will happen that will surely satisfy Jacques.
THE ETERNITY OF JUDY GARLAND:
1 M, 1 F
After Judy meets Peter in heaven (on the other side of the rainbow), she doesn’t find the audience she so desperately needs.
THE ETERNITY OF MAHATMA GANDHI:
Mahatma Gandhi is disappointed after he chooses to spend eternity in a peaceful room, but one where there is no opportunity to passively resist. Then, Peter shows him another room where Gandhi attacked by the Marquis de Sade. How does Gandhi handle that?
THE ETERNITY OF MARILYN MONROE:
2 M, 1 F
Marilyn tells Peter, the caretaker of heaven, that she doesn’t want to be thought of as a dumb blond, but a great actress. She is surprised when behind the door she chooses is a famous director – Michael Moore. She just loves to tousle his hair.
THE ETERNITY OF THE MARQUIS DE SADE:
The Marquis de Sade is excited when he reaches heaven and learns from Peter, the caretaker of heaven, that the room behind the door he chooses is a dungeon-like place, with whips, handcuffs, a rack, and other such things. But then he learns who he will have to use these items on.
THE ETERNITY OF MICHAEL MOORE:
When Michael Moore reaches heaven, he meets Peter, the caretaker, who is recording him with a camera, ambushing him, if you will. Mr. Moore does not like this very much.
THE ETERNITY OF MOHAMMED ATTA:
When Mohammed Atta (the fanatic who piloted a plane into the World Trade Center) reaches heaven he tells Peter, the caretaker, that he expects to spend eternity with the 72 virgins he has been promised. But is he in for a surprise!
THE ETERNITY OF PRINCESS DIANA AND MOTHER THERESA:
1 M, 2 F
With the assistance of Peter, the caretaker of heaven, Princess Diana and Mother Theresa much each choose which room in heaven they will occupy for eternity. Things get nasty when the two women vie for who will take the humbler room
THE ETERNITY OF RUSH LIMBAUGH:
When Peter, the caretaker of heaven, has Rush choose which door to enter, behind which he’ll spend eternity, Rush is surprised when the political affiliations of the people behind the door he chooses are not quite what he expected.
THE ETERNITY OF JOAN OF ARK
1 male, 1 female
Arriving in heaven is Joan of Ark, the daughter of Noah (and not the French heroine). She has tales of the wicked people of her time.
THE ETERNITY OF NOBODY
Unlike the other ‘Eternity’ plays, this is a drama. Arriving in heaven is someone who has just killed himself. Peter, the gatekeeper must decide whether to keep the person in heaven, or return him to earth.