A VIEW UNASSISTED
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A One-Act Play

by

Craig Abernethy

Copyright ©2006

Cast of Characters

Man:       Late 20s to early 40s, short hair, trim, a fashionable three days of stubble,
dark sport coat, dress shirt, jeans, sturdy shoes, carries large shoulder bag.

Woman:     Late 20s to early 40s, short hair, trim, little make-up, a simple dress, small
purse, sandals, workout jacket.


SETTING:   An uninviting corner of the not too distant future with places to sit and a
working pay phone (a corner coffee shop, pocket park, or transit stop).

AT RISE:   The Woman waits trying to mask her apprehension. After a few moments the Man
Enters Up Stage, moves slowly toward her, finds a spot (behind a light pole, tree,
etc.) to hide, watches her for a moment, makes sure it is safe, takes out a sleek cell
phone, and dials. The pay phone rings, the Woman is startled, and then tries to answer
casually.

WOMAN
Yes? Hello?

MAN
“Miss Nancy?”

WOMAN
Of course.

MAN
Good.

WOMAN
Is this necessary?

MAN
What?

WOMAN
Talking like this? On this? It smells.

MAN
Sorry about that. I like to size up my potential customers. So: you know “Secret Agent
Numero Uno?”

WOMAN
Is that what you call him?

MAN
It’s our little joke.

WOMAN
Yours and his?

MAN
I’ll never tell.

WOMAN
(Irritated)
Ours, I suppose?

MAN
You’re not handling the pressure very well.

WOMAN
Oh, God!

MAN
I don’t want you getting all pissy. I don’t want you thinking I sell because you want to
buy. I don’t want to risk what I have for a stranger, unless you don’t want what I have?

WOMAN
Sorry. Go on.

MAN
You might want to work on that attitude.

WOMAN
(Takes a breath)
I feel like a fool, and the phone smells, and yes… what do you have?

MAN
More of what you want than you can possibly afford.

WOMAN
Really?

MAN
No, not really: I have some, a good quantity and quality. Clean. Fresh. Certified. Still
interested Miss Nancy?

WOMAN
What do I call you?

MAN
You call me… “Ralph.” “The Ralph-ster.”

WOMAN
“The Ralph-ster?”

MAN
Sure.

WOMAN
So, “Ralph-ster:” how much?

MAN
To the point! Ouch! And why not? Miss Nancy rolls in it! Okay: first husband – military
officer? Navy pilot, maybe? A few years together; too many parties at the officer’s club
and it ends early with no kids. Second husband… older, money… dentist, maybe… root canals
only guy? So what do you drive anyway? American? German? Sports sedan? Tell me it’s not a
van? What’s your ride?

(Waits and no response)

MAN (Cont)
C’mon! Gotta know that. Professional… not really… Okay: please.

WOMAN
Triumph Spitfire. It was my great-grandfathers.

MAN
Rag-top! You can keep a Spitfire?

WOMAN
We let it out to Drivers now and again.

MAN
Parts?

WOMAN
My husband learned some machining in “Retraining.” This phone…

MAN
Okay. Cool. Not all rusted out by now?

WOMAN
It’s garaged; we’re careful.

MAN
“We” as in you and your husband?

WOMAN
I don’t see what my domestic arrangement has to do with…

MAN
Your “domestic arrangement” is essential to this discussion.

(End of sample)

Complete scripts can be obtained by e-mailing
Craig here