Please Stand Clear (The Doors are Closing)

The Show

A tragicomic one-man show that invites you to ponder life, death, and all the scary stuff in between through the eyes of 12 riders on the Los Angeles Metro Expo Line train. Each station stop brings aboard a new character with a new perspective on topics such as government intrusion, prescription medication, how to deal with the homeless, and the loneliness that comes with aging.


The Reviews

Harper's artistry, imagination and fascination with the human condition is at once hilarious and very moving. A true theater artist and a virtuoso performance “

“ Brilliantly crafted, acted, dissected, and directed. “

Harper is genius in the characters he brings to life — both heartfelt & hilarious. He had me rolling on the floor on multiple occasions “

These portrayals are humorous and touching, sometimes poignant, always believable.”

A compelling display of virtuosity in writing and performing for David Harper “

A laugh-a-minute exploration of the human melting pot aboard LA Metro. Tender moments that will bring the audience to somber silence (and a few misty eyes)”


The Team


david harper - Writer/performer

David Harper is an award-winning actor and writer based in Los Angeles. He has worked in the theatre for 30 years, and has appeared in over two dozen feature films. He is the creator of festival darlings The Dalliance and Mike Stone: Actor, as well as the award-winning short film, Health & Disorder. This is his third one-man show. The first, I Hope You're Taking Notes, was selected for Best of Fest at Fronterafest in Austin, TX. His current show, Please Stand Clear the Doors are Closing, was granted a Producer's Encore Award and an extended run at the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival. The award and extension was awarded for what festival producers called "artistic merit and commercial potential."

When he's not acting, writing, or producing, you'll often find him on the high seas. He's an avid sailor who still prefers charts and compasses to GPS.

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chris game - director

is a founding member of the Elephant Theatre Company. Chris has enjoyed wearing many hats for the Elephant, including directing, acting, writing and producing. For nearly 20 years he has been casting national commercials, music videos, and films including: Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Jorge Garcia (Lost), Jason Segal (How I Met Your Mother) and James Ransone (Generation Kill) in the independent film Good Humor Man; and William Shatner’s Price Line spot. Worked closely with directors Paul Mazursky (Moscow on the Hudson) and Harold Becker (Sea of Love), and cast for Philip Seymour Hoffman. In 2008, Chris was voted one of the Favorite Commercial Casting Directors by Back Stage/West; and in 2009, one of the Favorite Commercial Audition Workshop teachers. He is a Drama-Logue Award winning director and has directed over 20 plays in his 20 year tenure with the Elephant. Chris has been teaching acting for 17 years. He is one the of the most sought-after acting teachers and solo coaches in LA. Last year he had the immense pleasure of directing SNACK, a one-woman show written and starring Megan Dolan. Chris recently played a co-star opposite Julia Louise-Dreyfus, John Slattery, and Clea DuVall on HBO’s Emmy winning show VEEP. He is an avid barefoot runner and just ran the LA Marathon barefoot for the fourth time.