Bahl Gorm & Frattey
by Jacquelyn Wells
Lauren Wood, F, 30 - 50: Treasurer of Writers'
Secretary and has published some short stories and poems
Oliver Dawkins, M, 50 - 70: President of Writers' Club, makes
living as a writer, is published playwright and screenwriter
Chandler Ellison, M, 30 - 60: Secretary of Writers' Club, an
accountant and is an unpublished writer
Aurora Zeal, F, 50 - 70: Long time member of the Writers' Club,
retired and is a published poet
Catherine Dawkins, F, 20 - 40: Oliver's wife and is not a writer
though sometimes she pretends to be
Jonty Grey, M, 30 - 60 : Lawyer in Santa Rosa and Lauren's
boyfriend - the same actor can play Oliver Dawkins and Jonty Grey
Restaurant in the redwoods near a river
The beginning of the 21st Century.
(As the audience enters, they are greeted as members of the Redwood
Writers Club. There is also a sign announcing a meeting of the
Redwood Writers Club. Actors should be able to be heard
all over the restaurant whether they are in the bar or restaurant.
The play will begin after the audience is all in and meals< are
being served. Comments can be made about the officers always being
late. All actors must do some quiet small talk at certain times
during the play to cover any lull, but not to detract from anything
important. Chandler can handle all the cue cards for the audience
members lines and cue them and the bartender, waiters and
host as well, if necessary.) Chandler Ellison enters the restaurant
with his paperwork, to take notes of the meeting, and with a copy
of his latest story.
(to host or hostess of restaurant) Evening Mark. Is Dawkins here?
Host helps him with his coat
No, Olivers not here yet. Youre the second officer.
The Vice President is already seated. Relax, go on and get seated;
the foods already being served. Karen will come take your
Whew! Thanks Mark.
Chandler goes to the table and the bartender comes
our for his drink order
Hello Karen. Can I have a Manhattan up please? Im doing
research! The main character in my new story drinks Manhattans.
I really think Ive finally got a story that I can get published.
(he continues to make small talk with the bartender and others
around about his latest story)
Thats great Chandler.
Lauren Wood enters with her paperwork, treasury
report, and the synopsis of her novel.
(to the host)
Hi Mark. Am I the last one here?
No, youre the third, Chandler and the Vice President are
Host helps her with coat
Oh dear, were all late again. This is getting to be a problem
when the officers cant make it on time. Thank you.
Enters the restaurant
Oh, Chandler Im so glad youre here. Oh, hello Karen.
Ill have white wine, please. Canyon Road Sauvignon Blanc.
Ive just found out something terrible.
Bartender goes to the bar
You know my novel, the one Ive been working on for two years.
I know youve been writing one for ages.
Two years is not a long time. Anyway, I just tried to shop it
as a screenplay and guess what I found out.
Someone has swiped my idea and has already sold my story as a
screenplay,with a $300,000 advance to write it!
What a coincidence!
It is not a coincidence! My agent, Brian Lawrence, knows the agent
who bought it and when I presented Brian with my idea, he said
it had already been done. Word for word.
Then the other person had the idea first.
(shows her copy of the
No, its my novel. The one Ive been writing for two
years. I have proof: Brian even has a copy of this synopsis in
So why didnt he contact you as soon as he heard someone
else was using your plot?
He didnt remember.
What a shame!
Believe me that agent is really ecstatic to have sold such a fantastic
If you do say so yourself.
No, my agent said ... Oh, never mind. Ive got to find out
who stole my idea. Im meant to write this screenplay.
How come your agent, Mr. Brian Lawrence, doesnt know who
stole it? Doesnt know who is writing this screenplay. What
good is having an agent?
Brians a good agent! The other agent wont tell him.
I know its got to be somebody in Redwood Writers. No one
else would have been able to get a hold of my synopsis and present
it word for word.
And whom do you suspect?
I dont know. Its got to be someone who is already
an established screenwriter or playwright to get that kind of
That narrows the field.
Oliver? I dont think hed do that. Would he?
Everyone is capable of anything, including Mr. Oliver Dawkins.
Even if you find out who did it, what are you going to do?
What do you mean, what am I going to do? Make him stop, give me
the money, and let me write it.
And how are you going to do that? You cant claim copyright
on an idea. Anyone can take anothers idea, it just isnt
Hell no, it isnt ethical.
Oliver Dawkins and his wife, Catherine
make a dramatic entrance at this point.
Good evening Mark. Good evening everyone.
Good evening Mr. Dawkins, how are you?
Perfectly wonderful. He divests himself of his coat and hands
it with Catherines grandly to the host.
There you are, my man.
~that's all - just a bit~
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