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Applause then house lights
(the house lights on the
stage) up. The actors, MARK,
CAROL and JACOB exit and
actors enter and begin
striking the "Jacob's house"
set. CAST THREE sits. When
CAST ONE is through striking
the set they exit then
immediately begin creating
another set on the other
side of the stage. This is a
street set. However, this
won't be done for a while
Some things were really bothering me the other night
while I was eating.
Have you ever noticed how every person's actions change
depending on who they are with and where they are?
Seriously, I have never thought about that. But I was
eating. Alone. I guess I never eat alone. I got to
And I was watching.
The waitress brings me water and a menu. That's the
first part. She seemed to have a whole routine planned
out for me. For every customer. She slides into my
space, yet she is completely impersonal. She is a robot.
"The specials of the day are..." She left and I really
just tried to forget about it. I was hungry. I look out
the window and I see all these people walking by and
they're all not thinking about each other or the
waitress or me. That actually comforted me. For them not
to think about me. To see me. They just swim by like
fish and I watch. Then I noticed that I was thinking
about them. Do they choose not to think about me? The
waitress won't notice me in a crowd tomorrow. And I
wouldn't notice her.
Now I would.
The problem is... Well, what's bothering me about that
is that I felt comfortable not being thought about but I
felt good thinking about other people. Am I complicating
their lives? Am I intruding an extra element into
reality? I realize that everything we do is like that.
We keep adding more and more on top of more and more. I
am born. I grow up. Now I need to support myself so I go
to school. I go to school so now I am going to get a
job. My specialties allow me into a small office full of
files and computers where there is even more to add.
Things that I didn't even learn in school.. (He
Of course I'm not talking about me, but them. The fish.
I was going to say.
You don't know what a small office looks like.
You were thinking all that before you ordered your food?
Yes, I guess I did.
I like the part about the fish.
Speaking of fish.
Yes, very nice.
What did you think of "Jacob"?
Oh him... he's talented. We, myself and Gregory, drove
down the coast with him last spring for the regatta.
What's his name? "Jacob"..
Oh, yes. Good man. Talented sailor.
Oh, the regatta. I miss sailing.
Yes we haven't been in such a terribly long time.
It's settled. Tomorrow we sail!
Come now, Camille. You are never any fun.
It's fine. I'll sail.
Perhaps we should wait until the weekenders have gone,
don't you think?
Fantastic. How long have we been here?
Nicolas, don't fret.
Anyway. Who was the director of that piece?
Oh yes, somebody new...
A waiter comes on stage,
STEVEN, and prepares to take
Coffees for all and I'd like red snapper and pappiot.
That will be it, thank you.
A baron of what?
Oh, I don't know.
I think he was being figurative.
How could that have been figurative?
Who shall I find to declare me a figurative baron?
Perhaps then they would ask you to direct their next
Wonderful. But I just want the title.
Oh, hush about it.
Can I be your Baronin?
Of course my dear... and I'll have us sitting on the
swankest thrones this side of the Atlantic.
Baronin? You? Never.
We can have our fantasies, can't we?
Of course you can Nicolas, Gregory often fantasizes
He wants to be a singer.
They laugh at GREGORY.
Coffee and NIC's salad is
brought to them.
It's about time.
At the delivery of this line
the street scene lights come
up. It is as if the scene is
occurring outside the front
window of the restaurant.
Although CAST THREE goes on
as if their dinner is not
being interrupted, CAST TWO
is being relatively loud in
their scene. CAST THREE is
aware of the outside scene.
I would never survive.
We should write something.
What? What are you talking about?
What do you mean?
We'd be crucified.
As they are speaking, CAST
TWO is entering the street
scene. They are dressed for
the sixties. JACOB and CAROL
are hippies, MARK is a
policeman and STEPHEN is and
old man sweeping outside the
restaurant. The hippies are
just leaning against a wall.
MARK comes strolling in and
starts talking to STEPHEN
quietly. CAST THREE is still
Have you been noticing the buildup in traffic lately?
And the heat.
Gregory have you seen any of his other plays?
Damn the hot coffee.
The focus changes
dramatically to the street
scene. CAST THREE watches.
Those kids have been there all day, polluting the
There's no place for people like that in this town.
They are just like the gypsies. They're bums and they're
They're wasted youths is what they are. I'll go scare
MARK takes a billy club from
his belt and strolls
nonchalantly over to JACOB
What are you kids doing?
Yeah, why are you getting on our backs?
There's no loitering here.
I didn't see a sign.
That's cause there doesn't need to be a sign, boy.
What did we do? We were just standing here.
That's loitering. Now move on, go back to the garbage
Hey man, lay off. Put that stick away.
I'll do what I please. Now move along.
We're not going to.
JACOB reaches for the billy
club and they struggle.
No! Stop it!
MARK regains control of the
club and raises it up to
strike JACOB. JACOB falls to
the ground and holds his
hands over his face. MARK
Now get out of here before I arrest you both.
CAROL has pulled a pistol
from her purse. MARK does
not notice. When JACOB does
not make any attempt to get
up and leave MARK kicks him
again. Just as he does this
he notices the pistol.
She shoots MARK. MARK falls
dead. JACOB and CAROL run
off. STEPHEN runs to MARK's
carcass and begins yelling
Help!! Please help! A man has been shot. Please help me,
a man has been shot!
He pauses as nothing
happens. He looks at CAST
HELP! PLEASE. He's dead! I need help. Call for help!!
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