The Opposite Door
by Kathleen Akerley


Dream of awaking in vast hall of strange architecture, with sheet-covered forms on slabs—in positions similar to one’s own. Suggestions of disturbingly non-human outlines under sheets. One of the objects moves and throws off sheet—non-terrestrial being revealed. Sugg. that oneself is also such a being—mind has become transferred to body on other planet.

It took an amount of time that traveled at two different speeds to realize that a real door had closed, that there were sounds not of his making on the other side of the sheet. He had just adapted to this thought without, yet, any assumptions when he also heard a dull and heavy thud that took three different moments to die away.

How disturbing that he had spent so much mental time on his inventory without giving any thought to the other side of the sheet. It was an effort to remind himself that a sheet was two-dimensional, and in fact it was only the sounds and the memory of sounds that gave the sheet its facing side: without them, he could not visualize it as a sheet at all. But now his mind suggested a space, a specific distance to the floor, a door that meant one route and perhaps another that meant the opposite. A downstairs. A patio. A choice of colors. And the fall of light from

About the Author

Kathleen Akerley is a DC-based playwright, director, and actor. She is currently adapting Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle for performance in August 2010 by her company Longacre Lea. She has written plays for eXtreme eXchange, Round House Theater’s Heyday Players, and the Source Theater Festival, and her play Theories of the Sun will be produced by Chicago’s Sideshow Theatre in their 2010–2011 season. Kathleen spent five years writing about professional hockey for the Washington Capitals.