Toast -Intro

This show takes place in a bar in a small down-on-its-luck industrial city somewhere in the U.S. In this production, as the audience entered, 2 of the 3 characters were already in place, the bartender sitting behind his bar reading his newspaper, and a customer, the main character, passed out drunk at one of the tables, a ceiling fan whirling above his head. The entire preshow ½ hour was underscored with the sound of distant traffic, an occasional cricket or two, and distant train whistles. At two minutes, house lights began to fade, a light slowly faded up shooting through the ceiling fan onto the main character, and this soundfile played, depicting a dream he is clearly having. He awakes with a start as the third character appears at he door, and the play begins.