“In just 25 minutes, Ruben Carbajal’s Hold is able to make you laugh and think about your life.”
“Filled with wit and humor”
–Pedestrian Theatre Blog
“Ruben Carbajal contributed this scathing dark comedy about a nameless man trying to get help through a suicide hotline.”
A desperate man seeking aid from a mental health hotline is instead sent into a surreal automated phone system purgatory. (2 Men, 1 Woman, 6 Either Sex: 9 Total or 2 Men, 1 Woman/Running Time: 25 Minutes)
HOLD premiered at Center Stage in New York City on January 15th 1999, produced by OVO, directed by Ian Rosenberg.
HOLD was produced for radio by Shoestring Radio Theater and Stage Shadows Productions, where it was taped live at the Museum of Radio & Television, directed by Caroline Laskow.
Other productions include The Queens Players Act 5 Festival (2009) and a Red Shark Production for the Planet Connections Theatre Festival (2011), both directed by Kelly Johnston.
In 2010, HOLD was a winning entry in the Coastal Empire One-Act Festival.