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"Menstruating Waitress From Hell"

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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, 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 accordingly.

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, service, wrath.

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