by Richard Nathan
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The spotlight is up on our host, GUS THE GHOUL.
I’m sure you’ll like our next story.
It grows on you… like warts! I
always liked warts, so I gruesome!
Abruptly, two CONSTRUCTION WORKERS enter and cross to
the middle of the stage. They pay
no attention to Gus.
Here’s where the stage used to be.
The two workmen cannot see or hear Gus.
You may have noticed, we’re doing a
You think we’ll find any bodies?
You never know. But they think they got
I’ll have to ask you to leave.
It’s not going to be hard to demolish.
Will someone help me get rid of these intruders….
The explosion did most of the work for us.
At least it was quick. Gas main blew and
wiped ‘em all out, just like that!
The First Worker snaps his fingers.
Audience… cast… crew… everyone!
Killed instantly, right in the middle of the
show. Never knew what hit them. In fact,
some people say they never knew they died,
that their ghosts still haunt this place, thinking
they’re still watching the show!
No kidding? You ever seen any ghosts?
I don’t believe in ghosts.
If there were any ghosts, you think they’ll
leave when we tear this place down?
How should I know? But if that play didn’t
drive them out, I don’t know what would.
Can you imagine it? Seeing that play over
and over again, never realizing they’re dead,
or that they’ve seen it before… just watching
it again and again and again throughout
What was the play?
“Playhouse of the Damned.”
That’s what they’ve got to keep watching????
Yeah, if you believe in ghosts!
Yuch! The sooner we tear this place down,
The construction workers exit.
Gus watches them go, and then turns to the audience.
They don’t scare me. I’m not superstitious!
I don’t believe in the Gas Company!
The show continues, and Gus introduces the next story.
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