Engstrom, Elmer N. (American playwright, retired, 1922-____), “The Rule,”
a 10-minute comedy-satire in English, set in a pizza shop, dinner time, 1995,
© 1995, script/rights available from Elmer N. Engstrom, 33 Thompson Avenue, Hingham, Massachusetts 02043, U.S.A., firstname.lastname@example.org. Cited by Elmer N. Engstrom via e-mail January 15, 1999; Engstrom says,
§ Dramatis Personae Otis (m), a pizza customer; Pete (m), 70s, a pizza purveyor.
Synopsis “Otis arrives at Pete’s Pizza to collect a telephone order.
Pete explains that the order is not ready because Otis didn’t answer the
phone when Pete called to confirm the order. But Otis was on his way to
get the pizza; how could he answer the phone? Why did Pete call him? Because
there’s a rule that the order must be confirmed. Who made the rule? The
new owner, a conglomerate. And so on. Finally, they agree that Otis will
go home and call in the order, and Pete will phone him, and Otis will confirm the order, and then he will come back and get it. There may not be time before Pete has to close the shop, but Otis says he’ll hurry.
§ Comment “One scene. Production requirements: a counter and a sign, Pete’s Pizza.”
§ Themes argument, bureaucracy, conglomerate, fast food, rules, telephone order.
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