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Roarty, Louise R. (American playwright, 1973-____), “Time for a Cup of Coffee,”

a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a coffee shop, late afternoon, 2005,

2m2f; • © 2005 by Louise Roarty; • in Louise R. Roarty’s Time for a Cup of Coffee (Iola, Wisconsin, U.S.A.: The Author, 2005); • script/rights available from Louise R. Roarty, P.O. Box 469, Iola, Wisconsin 54945, U.S.A., (please contact playwright at the following e-mail address only) e-mail blackeyedowl@aol.com, telephone (home) 303-257-8733. • Cited by Louise R. Roarty via ftp June 12, 2005; Roarty says,

§ Dramatis Personae Donald Gregson (m), 52, conservative but nice man who is picky about everything including his dates; Roger Jameson (m), 48, snobby, nasty person; Louise La Nashy (f), 28, artist and fiery woman who makes her own clothes, a free spirit; Suzy (f), 48, waitress, loud, gum-chewing lifelong.

§ Synopsis “Donald has brought Roger with him to meet a blind Internet date, Louise, who is supposed to be a middle-aged professional woman. Suzy, the waitress, greets Donald and Roger; and after a few cold remarks, Donald and Roger sit in the non-smoking section of the room. A young eccentric artist also by the name of Louise enters. Suzy greets her. Louise sits and waits for her blind date Mark to meet her, but she is very late for her blind date. After her entrance, Donald insults Roger about his manners, and Roger leaves the building. When Donald learns from Suzy that the other customer is named Louise, he thinks she is his date. Donald panics, and Suzy believes he is having a heart attack. Louise and Suzy both try to help Donald, who then insults Louise. Louise decides she wants to leave, and Donald regrets what he has said. Donald asks Louise to be his date for the rest of the evening.

§ Comment “Play uses one location, a very conservative coffee shop near a wealthy business district in the city. The coffee shop has a few plain tables and some dull art hanging on the wall. The two areas in the coffee shop are separated by a large fake bushy plant separating smoking and nonsmoking sections. The entire coffee shop has only one large clock that hangs over the front door; it, also, is a dull expression of the area. The tables each have sugar and napkin placements. • Louise Roarty is a published author and artist whose work has been collected all over the world for the past fifteen years. Ms. Roarty is an eccentric book collector, and has been known to hide toy monsters in her yard to the delight of all of the local wild critters.

§ Themes art, Internet blind date, business, coffee shop, courtship, eccentricity, love, romance, tact.

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