One-act play with two scenes. Based on Shepard's experience of dodging the draft by claiming to be a heroin addict.

Performance History

 Produced by Edward Albee's Playwrights Unit at Village South Theater, NY - November 23, 1964.
Revived:  Triple bill at Cherry Lane Theater, NY - February 10, 1965: directed by Charles Gyns with Harvey Keitel and Joyce Aaron.


Richard F. Shepard, NY Times, 2/11/65:
["Up to Thursday"] centered on a young man lying in bed under an American flag and four handsome, very young people sitting on straight-back chairs. The examination of drama not being altogether a police case, it is not necessary to pin down motive. The author draws brightness from the banalities of conversation. Some of his devices are theater of the absurd la Abbott and Costello, but he cuts deeper. He delineates the initial shyness of a relationship and the unreserved candor of an intimacy. In so doing, he uses vulgarities to establish his franchise as a freeborn playwright, but no matter, he demonstrates stagecraft.


The title comes from Sam's reaction to being drafted and feeling a deadline on freedom. He explains, "The play is a series of reactions that become combustible, but I really don't consider it a 'play' at all."  He was also quoted as saying this play was "a bad exercise in absurdity".  [Note the Cherry Theater sign in this 1965 photo]

The manuscript is held at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

The 1965 revived play featured Harvey Keitel's stage debut.