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Waterstreet, Margaret G. (American playwright, 1953-____), “Free Advice,”

a 7-minute comedy in English, set in an urban train station, evening rush hour, 1997,

2f (+ male or female voice);

 •  © 1997 by Margaret G. Waterstreet,  •  script/rights available from Margaret G. Waterstreet, 1509 West Cornelia Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60657-1305, U.S.A., telephone (home/work) 773.665.4726, e-mail _____. Cited by Margaret G. Waterstreet via postal mail, 1998; Waterstreet says,

 §  Dramatis Personae Jackie (f), 35, runs in her pantyhose, dangling earrings, introverted, apostrophizes way into the future, makes decisions based on her gut, and prefers things open ended; Eileen (f), 45, preppy, conservative, vain, concerned only with today and herself, extroverted, thinks of herself as extremely logical and superior, makes final decisions for everyone, and wears expensive WASPy suit.; Stationmaster (m or f voice).

 §  Synopsis “Offstage, someone throws himself under a train. The resulting train delay frustrates Jackie, a recently fired social worker who wants to do the same. While they wait, Eileen, a businesswoman, gives Jackie useless career advice like using your sorority contacts and wearing a Rolex watch to an interview. When Jackie asks Eileen where she works, Eileen makes a hasty exit for a cab, dropping a $100 bill. Jackie cannot return the money because Eileen never revealed where she worked.

 §  Comment “Free advice is worthless, but hope is real.  •  This mini-play can be performed without any set. The comedy is an ideal transition during an evening of one-acts; perform ‘Free Advice’ downstage while upstage you change scenery for your next one-act.  •  The play was successfully workshopped.”

 §  Themes advice, apostrophe, career, delay, first encounter, money, suicide, train, unemployment.
 

See also Margaret G. Waterstreet’s
  • Bad Tidings,” a 2-minute comedy in English, set on a California beach, daytime, 1998, 4m or 4f
  • Chained to My Fridge,” a 60-minute comedy in English, set in an American kitchen with dining area, 1997 with flashbacks to the 1950s-1980s, 1m2f
  • Diablo Car Rental,” a 2-minute comedy in English, set at a car rental counter at an airport, spring night, 1997, 2m or 2f
  • Familiar Faces,” a 30-minute comedy in English, set in a Chicago living room with dining area, school parlor, 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., summer, 1990s, 4f or 1m3f
  • A Matter of Scale,” a 2-minute comedy in English, set in the bathroom of an American household, late evening, 1997, 1f (+ male or female voice)
  • The Schindler of Nanking,” a 2-minute drama in English, set on a street, Nanking, China, during the Japanese army’s genocide of Chinese civilians prior to World War II, 1937, 2mlf (+ female voice}
  • Stranger at My Gate,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in an alley in an American neighborhood, summer day, 1997, 1m1f
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