The Suicide Table

NOTE: 100 percent of the royalty fees for the world premiere of this play will be donated by the playwright to a suicide prevention organization.

Six people from different walks of life have made the decision to kill themselves on this day. However, the forces of cosmic balance bring it to their attention that the suicide quota is nearly full and only one of them can go through with suicide. They...
NOTE: 100 percent of the royalty fees for the world premiere of this play will be donated by the playwright to a suicide prevention organization.

Six people from different walks of life have made the decision to kill themselves on this day. However, the forces of cosmic balance bring it to their attention that the suicide quota is nearly full and only one of them can go through with suicide. They must, amongst themselves, determine which of them will be allowed to do so. Each may share memory scenes to show what brought them to this decision. After much debate, they have all decided that none of them are going to commit suicide. At this point the forces of cosmic balance indicate that they did not understand…the quota is nearly full and must be fulfilled which means that one of the six must commit suicide.
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The Suicide Table

Character Information

  • KELVIN
    50-60,
    African American / Black
    ,
    Male
    50s, black, homeless Vietnam vet suffering from PTSD. He plans on stepping in front of a city bus/train.
  • KATIE
    10,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Ten-year-old girl with an apathetic, drunk, drugged-out mother and her mother’s sexually abusive live-in boyfriend. She plans to use her Mother’s illegal drugs to kill herself.
  • LINDSAY
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Early 30s woman with terminal brain cancer who plans to legally end her life via the death with dignity act. She now possesses the doctor prescribed pills to end her life.
  • LAURA
    30-40,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Late 30s mentally ill mother suffering from very severe postpartum depression/psychosis after the birth of her fifth child. She has no support from a controlling husband, has just ended the life of her baby, and plans to end her own as well.
  • DECKEN
    teen,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Gay teen boy from loving family who has been sent by his parents to a reconditioning camp to “cure” his sexual orientation. He is planning on jumping off the roof of his dormitory.
  • STEWART
    50s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    50s, selfish accountant who plans to shoot himself to avoid the humiliation of being arrested for financial crimes.
  • CHRIS
    Any age,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    Adult male or female keeper of the cosmic balance of life and death. (can also be cast as David and Dr. Buckley)
  • RON
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    30s abusive live-in boy-friend of Megan and sexual abuser of Katie. (can also be cast as Paul)
  • NANA
    50s,
    Any
    50s Grandmother of Katie. (can also be cast as Louise if aged up to Nana)
  • PAUL
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Supportive, loving husband to Lindsay (can also be cast as Ron)
  • MEGAN
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    30s druggie Mom of Katie. (can also be cast as Claire, Cambria, and Lisa)
  • LOUISE
    20s,
    African American / Black
    ,
    Female
    Late 20s black fiancé and later wife of Kelvin (can also “age up” and be cast as Nana.)
  • LISA
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Sister to Laura (can also be cast as Cambria, Claire, and Megan)
  • KID
    teen,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Teen street boy. (Can also be cast as female Amanda)
  • DR. BUCKLEY
    50-60,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    50s Oncologist to Lindsay (can also be cast as David and Chris)
  • DAVID
    30-40,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    30s-40s controlling husband to Laura. (can also be cast as Chris and Dr. Buckley)
  • CLAIRE
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    30s embezzling girlfriend-on-the-side of Stewart. (can also be cast as Megan, Cambria and Lisa)
  • CAMBRIA
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    30s Mom to Decken. (can also be cast as Claire, Megan, and Lisa)
  • AMANDA
    teen,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Teen girl, childhood best friend to Decken. (can also be cast as male Kid)