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Hagerty, Terry (American playwright, actor, novelist, poet, and short story writer, 1956-____), “Wage Slaves,”

an 18-minute poetic farce in English, set in a dreary office space, morning on a workday, 2003,

2m1f; © 2003 by Terry Hagerty; • in Terry Hagerty’s Wage Slaves (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Terry Hagerty, 2210 North Beachwood Drive, #11, Los Angeles, California 90068-2938, U.S.A., telephone (home/work) 323-962-5282, e-mail tbhagerty@earthlink.net. • Cited by Terry Hagerty, via ftp, April 2, 2005; Hagerty says,

§ Dramatis Personae Harold (m), any age, computer inputter; Mr. Crow (m), any age, supervisor; Nancy (f), any age, computer inputter.

§ Synopsis Harold and Nancy work in a dreary little office with no windows inputting data into their respective computers. Their supervisor, Mr. Crow, appears to inform them that, due to budgetary cutbacks, the less productive inputter would be laid off at the end of the day. Harold and Nancy get really angry at the way they are being treated, they decide to break into a large cabinet in their room, hoping to find some dirt on their bosses. What they discover is there is a third computer inputter on the payroll somewhere in the building. Mr. Crow returns and tells Nancy she is being laid off. Nancy asks Mr. Crow about the third inputter, and she discovers there is no third inputter. Mr. Crow was just pocketing the income of the fictional employee. Nancy blackmails Mr. Crow and takes over his job as supervisor, while he has to take over her job in the dreary room.

§ Comment “One scene, one set (a dreary office room with no windows, one large table, two chairs, two computers, and a very heavy looking metal cabinet on wheels with a combination padlock no back). The play is written entirely in rhymed couplets. • There have been no productions of this play. • Terry Hagerty studied Theatre and Drama at Indiana University and screenwriting at the American Film Institute. He has performed every possible job in the theatre at one time or another and just about every job on a video shoot. Terry is also a novelist, poet, and short story writer. See his literary Website, "Terry's Tales," at http://geocities.com/terrystales/.

§ Themes poetry, working class, work place.

See also Terry Hagerty's

  • "Finding Fault," a 26-minute comedy in English, set in a city hall office, Spokane, Washington, U.S.A., day, fall, 2001, 1m2f
  • "Home Schooling," a 24-minute black comedy in English, set in a middle class living room, afternoon, 2001, 2m1f
  • "Paris Sojourn," an 18-minute romantic comedy in English, set in a bed and breakfast hotel room in Paris, morning, 2004, 1m1f
  • "Research," a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a public library, a weekday, 2001, 1m1f

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