Lathrop, Mary (American playwright, writer, 1951- ), "Menstruating
Waitress From Hell,"
a 20-minute farce in English, set in a small bistro, the end
of the lunch shift, 2:55 p.m., 1988,
© 1988, script/rights available from Mary Lathrop,
116 Raye Street, Seattle, Washington 98109, U.S.A., e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
telephone (home) 206-285-7244; or from agent, Mary Harden, Harden-Curtis
Associates, 850-7th Avenue #405, New York City, New York 10019,
U.S.A., telephone (home) 212-977-8502. Cited by playwright via
ftp June 26, 1997; Lathrop says,
Dramatis Personae Carole (f), a waitress; Bud
(m), owner of the bistro; Sylvie (f), a customer; Miguel (m),
17, the kitchen help
Synopsis "At 2:55 p.m., Carole is tired
after a long lunch shift, but Bud, her employer, will not let
her leave, as they 'officially' close at 3:00 p.m. Suddenly, Sylvie
arrives, starving for a late lunch and looking for a fine dining
experience. Sylvie is a case of how not to behave in a
restaurant-not if the customer wants to get fed. Carole reacts
Comment "This 'Enlightenment in One Act'
teaches how to avoid telling customers your name, how to take
their orders without killing them, and how to deflect annoying,
unwanted personal comments by exposing genitals."
Themes employee-employer relationship, lunch,
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