“PROBATION!”
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by

Craig Abernethy

Copyright 2010

Cast of Characters

Caroline        Early twenties: wears a blue khaki work jacket over a modest blouse
              and skirt.

Marcella        Older and tougher: wears a white lab-coat, blouse and skirt.

Gracie          Marcella’s age: wears a lab-coat, blouse, and skirt.

SETTING:        A pool of bright light sets the limits of an oppressive office work
              station." Industrial noises are occasionally heard and lights may flicker
              or dim correspondingly.  

AT RISE:        Caroline waits apprehensively and after a moment...

MARCELLA
(Enters)
Hello, hello! You’re…?

CAROLINE
“Caroline.”

MARCELLA
Yes?”

CAROLINE
The new worker?

MARCELLA
I’m
“Marcella," and I will train you regarding the DF2-07-A/B from “One,” through the
rarely used, but sometimes significant, “Fifty-two
B.” Questions?

CAROLINE
The “D-2…?” No. No questions.

MARCELLA
Good.

(A door is heard opening)

GRACIE
(Entering cheerfully)
Hello!

MARCELLA
Right.

GRACIE
Hello. You must be “Caroline” and
I am “Gracie," of the "Sunshine Club?” May I informally
welcome you, and perhaps take a moment…?

MARCELLA
(Yells)
Not now!

GRACIE
(Yells)
Hello!

MARCELLA
Later! We’re
training. This is about the DF2-07-A/B!

GRACIE
Our “Magnum Opus!” You did get a copy?

CAROLINE
(Takes a folded form from inside jacket)
Yes, I’ve been looking it…

MARCELLA
Quite a challenge.

CAROLINE
…over and familiar…

GRACIE
Quite a challenge.

MARCELLA
Quiet!

GRACIE
“Helping!”

MARCELLA
First “Orientation,”
then the DF2-07-A/B, then a “Break” and then we can consider… “extra-
curricular...”

GRACIE
“Extra-cur...!?”

MARCELLA
At best.

GRACIE
I’d say the Sunshine Club…

MARCELLA
Not now! “Now” is “Orientation.” I am Katherine's
Trainer.
(To Caroline)
You’re a “Worker:” Workers work from seven a.m. to noon and lunch until noon-thirty, work
from noon-thirty-one to three-thirty-one, and leave. You are paid at the posted rate with
paid earnings every other Friday. You receive a Health Card, paid…

GRACIE
Mostly why we’re here, huh?

MARCELLA
Please. A Health Card, paid holidays, and vacation assuming you successfully complete
Probation.” Questions?

CAROLINE
(After a moment)
No.

MARCELLA
On to the DF2-07-A/B!
(Clears throat)
The DF2-07-A/B transitions gathered data: from available choices you distill gathered data
inserting as needed onto the DF2-07-A/B, providing Users what we need so we may, as Users,
use!

GRACIE
All the Users started as Workers!

MARCELLA
Beginning! Number One: “Name.” Simple enough so far?

CAROLINE
I sort of get the gist.

MARCELLA
Do you?

CAROLINE
The form asks a question. I find the answer and put it on the form. It’s you know...

MARCELLA
“Know?”

CAROLINE
I’ve filled out forms… I went to college, and…

GRACIE
Went to college!

MARCELLA
That’ll be a big help.

GRACIE
Big help.

MARCELLA
We didn’t.

GRACIE
No.

MARCELLA
Started…

GRACIE
As
workers.


MARCELLA
With the F-1-D/A.

MARCELLA and GRACIE
(Together admiringly)
The F-1-D/A!


(End of sample)

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