"The Pay-off"

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Arnold, John (American playwright, 19__- ), "The Pay-off,"

a comedy (PG-13) in English set in the lobby bar of an upscale hotel,


© John Arnold, script available at http://www.dramex.org/plays/scripts/payoff.txt, rights available from John Arnold, <A HREF="mailto:johna@inreach.com">johna@inreach.com, or John Arnold/P.O. Box 162596/Sacramento/CA 95816-2596.


For K.D.

dramatis personae

FRANK, [m] in his late 50s, early 60s; an obnoxious, bullying TV station owner

ALICE, [f] in her 30s; a confident, take-charge, unintimidated account exec

TED, [m] the 'nice-guy', intimidated sales manager

Synopsis "John Arnold's The Pay-off starts the evening at a galloping pace. Television station owner Frank epitomizes the nightmare boss - a blustering sexist who promotes the women in his ranks on the basis of sexual favors. Frank has decided to fire the 'uppity' Alice despite the fact that she's the best performer in his sales department. Frank's sales manager, Ted, a nice guy trapped behind a big paycheck, reluctantly prepares to back his obnoxious boss in his latest folly. But before Frank can deliver the coupe de grace, Alice masterfully skewers him instead, while the delighted Ted looks on." L.A. Times review of the West Coast Ensemble's production of 'The Pay-off': 'West Coast's 'Pay-off' Crackles in Second Series of One-Acts' (3/3/95).

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