Thursday, January 10, 2013

December People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... Last month's People's Choice Award goes to Timothy Hill for his original short play, The Other Shop Around the Corner, presented as a staged reading at the PlayGround-LA Monday Night PlayGround December 10 performance at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Tim!

Courtesy of Mr. Hill, we're pleased to share the first two pages from the award-winning script. Enjoy!



THE OTHER SHOP AROUND THE CORNER
by Timothy Hill

CARLA - A newly hired sales clerk, 30’s or 40’s, brash.
CUSTOMER - Female, 40’s, well-to do, supercilious.
MRS. STEEL - 40’s-50’s, the shop owner, pragmatic, earthy.
JAMES HENRY - 50’s, 60’s, poetic type, affable, eccentric.

CARLA, behind a counter in a gift shop, gabs on her cell phone as she completes a transaction for an increasingly impatient CUSTOMER.

CARLA
(Into phone.) I know. I wish they’d take Christmas and push it off a
cliff. Then I wouldn’t need a second job just to afford gifts for everybody. (She hands the CUSTOMER a credit card slip to sign.)

Sign here, please. (The CUSTOMER signs.)

(Back into the phone.) It’s retarded. You buy shit nobody wants. They have to say “thank you,” and “oh, how thoughtful,” and what they’re really hoping for is a gift receipt so they can exchange it.

CUSTOMER
(Looking offended.) Excuse me.

CARLA
(To the CUSTOMER.) Oh, sorry. Did you want a gift receipt?

During this, MRS. STEEL, Carla’s BOSS appears from the back. She holds boxes, invoices, and seems harried as she overhears...

CUSTOMER
No. But maybe somewhere in the course of your phone conversation, you could squeeze in a moment to wrap it? Or is that too “retarded?”

CARLA
(Feigning regret.) Mmm, yeah, no, we don’t really do that.

MRS. STEEL
Carla! Of course we do that. Get off the phone, please.

CARLA
Sorry, Mrs. Steel. (Into Phone) I’ll call you later.

(To the customer) I meant, uh, I kinda suck at wrapping, that’s all. Might take a few minutes.

CUSTOMER
Never mind. Just give me the box and the paper, I’ll wrap it myself.

CARLA
You’re making a good choice.

Carla gives her the stuff. THE CUSTOMER heads out as MRS. STEEL calls after her.

MRS. STEEL
Thank you for shopping with us. Happy holidays!

MRS. STEEL glares at Carla.

MRS. STEEL
What is wrong with you? “I kinda suck at wrapping?” That’s half your job description, Carla.

CARLA
Let her go across the way to the Paper Source - they do a much better job and she can obviously afford it.

MRS. STEEL
Carla!

CARLA
Sorry. Okay, I guess I am a little Grinchy this year. Is it weird that I just want to spend Christmas at home with my cat?



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