Ernie and his best friend, Rose, buddies since World War II, have outlived their youth, outlived their families, and outlived all hopes for the future. Yet, despite their austere existence, a gentle whimsy and affection for each other fills their days. With humour and courage they face the increasing vulnerability in a world that moves faster than they can. Wade is a drifter and a loner who meets and falls in love with bartender Monica. A rape shatters their relationship and thrusts Wade in prison for murder. Given the choice between death in the gas chamber or serving as a scientific guinea pig at the Maryland State Rejuvenation Center, Wade chooses the latter, undergoing a process called "erasure modification". Fate and a bizarre scientific experiment at the MSRC bring Wade and Ernie together. Between Wade desperately wanting to live and Ernie reluctantly waiting to die, each is willing to compromise his soul for the high cost of survival. "The Passing" parallels beauty with tragedy, gentleness with violence, nature with technology, love with indifference.
James Carroll Plaster, Welton Benjamin Johnson, John Huckert, Lynn Odell, Daniel Dunn, Albert B. Smith, Michael Dumonceau, Rodney Harding, J. Dennis Marsico, Mark McPherson, Flora Batien, Mark Steckbeck, Tico Wells, Bruce Bowers, Stewart Bryant, Leonard W. Charles, Keith Chester, John Cloyd, David Cole, Geoffrey Descheemaeker