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Attention Foodomat Shoppers Brown Eyes Dog Days of Summer Precious Seconds Blue Ribbon

Attention Foodomat Shoppers is a one-act, five-minute play for three characters.

Attention Foodomat Shoppers received Honorable Mention in the One Act Play/Script category of the 2009-2010 Maricopa County Community College Creative Writing Competition.

This play was awarded a Certificate of National Merit in the 2010 Student Literary Competition, League for Innovation in the Community College.

Attention Foodomat Shoppers was published in 2010 in Passages, the annual publication of the winning entries of the Maricopa Community Colleges' Creative Writing Competition sponsored by the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (mcli), District Fine Arts Programs, Division of Academic and Student Affairs.

The link above will take you to the pdf on the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction site.

Brown Eyes is a one-act, ten-minute play for five characters.

Brown Eyes received Honorable Mention in the One Act Play/Script category of the 2010-2011 Maricopa County Community College Creative Writing Competition.

This play was awarded a Certificate of National Merit in the 2011 Student Literary Competition, League for Innovation in the Community College.

Brown Eyes was published in 2011 in Passages, the annual publication of the winning entries of the Maricopa Community Colleges' Creative Writing Competition sponsored by the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (mcli), District Fine Arts Programs, Division of Academic and Student Affairs.

The link above will take you to the pdf on the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction site.

Dog Days of Summer is a one-act, fifteen-minute play for three characters. Precious Secondsis currently being drafted and will be a three-act play when completed. Blue Ribbon is a one-act, five-minute play for two characters.

Attention Foodomat Shoppers takes place in the near future and raises the question: What happens to our bodies as changes occur to our food?

Brown Eyesis about two couples in a restaurant--one relationship breaking up, the other starting.

Dog Days of Summerprovides one possible scenario for what happens when people lose their homes and abandon their pets when they leave the neighborhood.

Precious Seconds is about coping with the death of a loved on and the disintegration of a marriage.

Who will win the Blue Ribbon in the pie baking contest?

Excerpt from Attention Foodomat Shoppers:

CHARACTERS:

Emma Baxter, a woman, Mavisís best friend

Sally Baxter, a young girl, Emmaís daughter

Mavis Thorn, a woman, Emmaís best friend

Dispenser 1, interactive food machine, dispensing meat

Dispenser 2, interactive food machine dispensing produce

Announcer, a voice over the loudspeaker

SETTING: The near future. Foodomat, a grocery store. A bank of food dispensing machines lines the stage from stage left to stage right.

CURTAIN UP

(Soft music plays in the background as the lights come up. Emma enter from stage left pushing a shopping cart along the row of dispensers and stops in front of Dispenser 1.)

Announcer: (The background music stops and the Announcerís voice comes on over the sound system.) Attention Foodomat shoppers. Todayís special, located on aisle five, is a two-for-one offer on bags of kindacrunchycookies. The crunchy cookie that quiet customers choose. As always, thank you for shopping at Foodomat where we hope your every day is a Foodomat day. (The background music resumes.)

Dispenser 1: Good morning, Mrs. Baxter. What may I interest you in today? I have some fine sortaporkloin which arrived this morning.

Emma: That sounds good, but what Iíd really like are some of those likealambchops. I got some a couple weeks ago and they were absolutely delicious. Alex and Sally just loved them.

Dispenser 1: I am so glad your husband and daughter loved them. Our other Foodomat customers have also enjoyed them. I happen to have six in stock. If you should require more, I am receiving another shipment on Friday and can add your name to the wait list. Will the six likealambchops be sufficient, or will you need more?

Excerpt from Brown Eyes:

CHARACTERS:

BRIAN, executive, business attire

NOREEN, his wife, career woman, business attire

TINA, very attractive, provocatively dressed

KEVIN, her date, casual business attire, brown hair

WAITER, male or female

SETTING: Today. Upscale hotel restaurant. Two tables for two about a table width apart. TABLE 1 has one chair facing downstage across table and second chair to stage left side of table. TABLE 2 is to stage right of TABLE 1, with two chairs at opposite ends of table, stage right and left. All characters enter and exit from stage right.

CURTAIN UP

(Restaurant soundsóbackground voices, light music, dimmed restaurant lighting. NOREEN is seated at TABLE 1, in stage left chair, checking watch. A bread basket and two water glasses are on the table. WAITER, TINA and KEVIN ENTERS. WAITER leading to TABLE 2. WAITER pulls out stage left chair for TINA and helps seat her. TINAíS back is to NOREEN at TABLE 1. KEVIN sits in stage right chair. WAITER hands TINA and KEVIN menus and exits.)

TINA: I never noticed how incredibly long your eyelashes are. I wish my eyelashes were long. (leans across table) What color are your eyes? Let me see your eyes.

KEVIN: Theyíre brown.

TINA: No. Theyíre definitely hazel.

KEVIN: No. Theyíre brown. Like my hair. Itís probably the light.

TINA: Itís not the light. Theyíre hazel. Iíll ask the waiter.

KEVIN: Donít ask the waiter.

TINA: Then, theyíre hazel.

KEVIN: All right. Theyíre hazel.

TINA: (leans back in chair) Come sit by me. (pats the tabletop.)

KEVIN: The tableís too small.

TINA: Iíll move.

Excerpt from Dog Days of Summer:

CHARACTERS:

JERRY: MAN, conspiracy theory believer

LISA: WOMAN, dog lover

DAN: MAN, practical minded

TIME AND PLACE

Tomorrow. Summer.

A suburban subdivision.

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

SETTING A rooftop in a suburban neighborhood. A trellis on the side of the house goes from the ground to the roof.

AT RISE LISA and JERRY are sitting in lawn chairs on the rooftop. JERRY is looking through a pair of binoculars. LISA is holding an umbrella over them for shade. There is a third lawn chair.

JERRY: (pointing while looking through binoculars) Thereís one, Lisa.

LISA: Where?

JERRY: Across the street. By the garbage bin next to the Baxterís.

LISA: Oh, yeah. I see it. Heís so cute.

JERRY: (lowers binoculars) Cute? Tell me that when he starts gnawing on your leg.

LISA: Okay, there is that, but . . .

JERRY: No buts. Those little things are mean. And when thereís a whole pack of them, forget it. Have you forgotten already? About Larry?

LISA: No . . . But I canít help myself. Theyíre just so cute.

JERRY: That sort of thinking will get you killed.

LISA: I know. Funny we only see the one, though.

JERRY: Yeah. There are usually at least a dozen of them. Must be hiding out from the heat.

LISA: Could be why itís so quiet.

JERRY: Itís like the calm before the storm. The apocalypse. Itís coming. I can feel it in my gut, in my bones, down to my very . . .

LISA: Stop the drama, Jerry. Itís not the apocalypse.

JERRY: Then why are we trapped on this roof surrounded by packs of wild Chihuahuas?

Excerpt from Precious Seconds:

CHARACTERS:

DON, 20s, husband, married to Julie

JULIE, 20s, wife, married to Don

INGRID, late 40s, Julieís mother

MICHELLE, 20s, Donís love interest

TIME AND PLACE

Today. Apartment with living room, kitchen and bedroom visible as one set.

NOTE: Dialogue in italics is spoken to audience.

ACT I

ONE

[Lights up on Julie center stage, wearing pajamas, feet apart, arms out at her sides. A stream of air is trained on her, causing her pajamas and hair to move in the current.]

JULIE: I have this dream where I fall. There are no fancy flips or acrobatics of any kind. No thrashing arms and legs. I simply fall, spreadĖeagle, face down. Around me is nothing. Nothing beside me, above me, below me. Nothing. My clothing billows and swells and flaps in the air behind me without sound. Silence and nothingness surrounds me. Sometimes I wake, my heart races, from the sensation of an accelerated fall. My eyes jolt open. I gasp for breath. I restrain myself so as not to awaken Don, sleeping beside me. But, occasionally I awake with a start, sit straight up in bed, gusts of breath pulsing from my flared nostrils. And Don asksĖ

DON: Another bad dream?

[Lights up. Bedroom. JULIE walks to bed.]

JULIE: Itís nothing, Don. Go back to sleep.

DON: Are you sure? Thatís twice this week, Julie.

JULIE: Iím sure. Itís nothing. Just a bad dream.

[Pause.]

DON: Itís still early. Try to get some sleep.

JULIE: Iíll try.

[Pause.]

JULIE: Did you know falling is one of the most frequent common dreams people have? The average person will dream about falling more than five times in their life. Sometimes I dream of falling more than five times in a week. I never reach the ground.

Excerpt from Blue Ribbon:

CHARACTERS:

DEBRA JO

NORMA JEAN

TIME AND PLACE

Today Exhibition Hall at the County Fair

[Lights up. Debra Jo stands behind a table. A pie is in front of her on the table.]

DEBRA JO: Well, well, well. If it isnít Norma Jean.

NORMA JEAN: [Enters carrying pie. Stands next to Debra Jo. Places pie in front of her on the table.] Debra Jo.

DEBRA JO: Surprised to see you show your face - after last year -

NORMA JEAN: I was sabotaged.

DEBRA JO: So you claim.

NORMA JEAN: I do claim. You know, and I know; it was sabotage.

DEBRA JO: False accusations. Thatís all. Nothing you could prove then, or now.

NORMA JEAN: Debra Jo, I know it was you who sabotaged my Cherry Halo Pie last year when I wasnít looking. And itís not happening this year. My eyes are not leaving my pie. You are not going to beat me this year.

DEBRA JO: Now, Norma Jean, why would I resort to sabotage? We both know who makes the best pies.

NORMA JEAN: We do know. And itís me.

DEBRA JO: Norma Jean, do you know what day - loo - shun - all means? You should, because thatís you. Norma Jean Delusional.



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