Bob Ernst, 56, a high school drama tacher and playwright in San Francisco wrote a one-act play called The John, about a man named Alvin who meets Death in a theater men's room during an intermission of "King Lear." He staged the play in a men's room in the basement of the Maritime Hall in San Francisco, which he booked for $100 a day. Ernst, who plays both Alvin and Death, performed in front of 20 spectators who sat on folding chairs wedged into the space between the second and fourth stalls. Why write a play that takes place in a bathroom? "Death can happen anywhere, anytime," Ernst says. "Evis died in a john, you know. One minute you're here, the next you're gone. That's the way it is."