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“The Pay-off”

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Arnold, John (American playwright, 19__-____), “The Pay-off,”

a 10-minute comedy (PG-13) in English, set in the lobby bar of an upscale hotel, 1995,


; • © 1995 by John Arnold; in John Arnold’s The Pay-off (Sacramento, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 1995); • script/rights available from John Arnold, P.O. Box 127, Davis, California 95617, U.S.A., e-mail mailjohn@pacbell.net. • Cited by John Arnold via e-mail; • Arnold says,

§ Dramatis Personae Frank (m), 60, an obnoxious, bullying TV station owner; Alice (f), 35, a confident, take-charge, unintimidated account exec; Ted (m), __, the "nice-guy," an intimidated sales manager.

§ Synopsis “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 coup de grace, Alice masterfully skewers him instead, while the delighted Ted looks on.

§ Comment "For K.D. • ‘John Arnold’s The Pay-off starts the evening at a galloping pace.’—L.A. Times review of the West Coast Ensemble's production of 'The Pay-off' in Second Series of One-Acts' (3/3/95).”

§ Themes comeuppance, TV management, sexism, job security, sales.

See also John Arnold’s

  • Monsieur Felix Fox Fly,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a comfortable flat in a comfortable neighborhood, Paris, France, a lovely summer morning in 1967, 1m2f

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