Threat Level: Cream

10-MINUTE: Two strangers. One crowded Metro car. A gallon of milk. What could go wrong?

"Also delightful is local playwright John Bavoso’s “Threat Level: Cream,” a droll and twisty tale of two Washingtonians... who encounter a suspicious gallon of milk on the Metro." — The Washington Post
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Threat Level: Cream

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  • Vince Gatton:
    20 May. 2019
    This short, sharp mostly-two-hander appears to be a very well-executed example of a familiar template: two strangers at odds in a public space who come to find commonalities and achieve understanding. But this little play has more on its mind about the world we live in today: how we respond to risk and where we seek safety, and how easily we can be manipulated into confusing the two.
  • Paul Donnelly:
    2 May. 2019
    I'm generally not a fan of twist endings, but the twist at the end of Threat Level: Cream felt organic and deeply existential, while also making me jump while reading. I can only imagine how effective it would be in production! The play leading up to the twist is a quite engaging portrait of two harried government workers meeting semi-cute on the Metro when suddenly ... well ... read it or see it for yourself.
  • Julie Zaffarano:
    21 Dec. 2018
    A seemingly “normal” commute with fun and witty banter that leads you in one enjoyable direction. But then Bavaso pulls the rug under you with a marvelous twist. Well done!

Character Information

  • Kara
    Any,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    A woman, any age and any race.
  • Rusty
    Any,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    A man, any age and any race.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Orange County New York Arts Council
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Metropolitan State University of Denver
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    Source Festival
    ,
    2017
  • University
    ,
    Mount Saint Mary College
    ,
    2017