On Staying Indoors

The sky has turned orange, and it's probably the end of the world, but a married couple sits comfortably on their front porch talking about the weather, carrying on as usual. MR. has a mysterious box his wife can't touch. MRS. is reading the subtext of the newspaper. It's all a little unsettling. What is bravery, and how do we express love, in the face of (probable) doom?

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The sky has turned orange, and it's probably the end of the world, but a married couple sits comfortably on their front porch talking about the weather, carrying on as usual. MR. has a mysterious box his wife can't touch. MRS. is reading the subtext of the newspaper. It's all a little unsettling. What is bravery, and how do we express love, in the face of (probable) doom?

Run time approximately twenty minutes.
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On Staying Indoors

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  • Shaun Leisher:
    23 Mar. 2019
    I am amazed at how much intensity and emotion is packed into such a short piece. The stage directions are very effective at creating a tone of nostalgia for the past and dread of the future. Well the characters don’t seem to be filled with dread but it is there all the same. We need art like this that reminds us of our humanity even as we move closer and closer to catastrophe.
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    7 Sep. 2018
    Nelson has created such a deep and rich world with such succinct language. The relationship between Mr and Mrs is lovely and so well developed, and magnified by the plays back drop of the end of the world. I love the images in this play, the orange, the dust, the rocking chairs... I would jump to see it produced! All around great work.
  • Jordan Elizabeth Henry:
    29 Nov. 2017
    I don't know how Haley Nelson packed so much emotion into this short piece; it has huge impact with such economy of words. ON STAYING INDOORS is atmospheric, sharp, sweet, heartbreaking... Honestly, I don't know what else to say because this play speaks for itself. Read this play. Produce this play. And when you do produce it, let me know so I can come see it.

Character Information

  • Mrs.
    Any,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Warm and generous with a little bit of an edge. Deeply in love with her husband.
  • Mr.
    Any,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Wears his heart close to his chest. Working hard to find the right words to say. Deeply in love with his wife.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Southern Methodist University Student Theatre
    ,
    2015

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    Sundown Collaborative Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Fringe
    ,
    House Party Theatre
    ,
    2015