Other Plays by Cass V. Erickson
Erickson, Cass V. (American playwright, writer, editor, librarian, 19__-____), “Alpha Dogs,”
a 10-minute comedy in English, set in New York City, 2001,
© 2001 by Cass V. Erickson;
• in Cass V. Erickson’s Alpha Dogs (Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.: The Author, 2001);
• script/rights available from Cass Erickson, e-mail email@example.com.
• Cited by Cass Erickson via ftp June 24, 2001; Erickson says,
Joy Kelly (f), 30, eager temp worker, aspiring novelist from Long Island; Roxanne Blum (f), 45, literary agent and lawyer, robust, native New Yorker; Phyllis Weisner (f), 40, literary agent, British, hypochondriac, slender and nervous.
“A temp worker, Joy Kelly, works in a New York City literary agency for Roxanne Blum and Phyllis Weisner, who are at odds with each other and confide to Joy about each other. Despite the fact that Joy has written a novel, both Phyllis and Roxanne undermine her abilities. Joy then tells Roxanne that she is working for Phyllis, and she tells Phyllis that she is working for Roxanne. Meanwhile, Joy uses the office rolodex to make publishing contacts and sends her manuscript to a publisher, along with another manuscript. Both manuscripts are offered a contract. Phyllis and Roxanne discover that Joy had written one of the novels, which was approved by Phyllis while she had been moonlighting at a publisher’s instead of going to doctors' appointments. Roxanne’s reader also loved Joy’s novel. In the end, Roxanne threatens to sue both Phyllis and Joy; Phyllis goes to work for the publisher of Joy’s novel; Joy gets a book contract and an advance; and the agency’s bestselling author goes with another agent, per Joy’s recommendation. The temp—as wrecking ball—leaves the agency in a shambles.
• “Simple set of an office with a desk, chair, lamp, computer, a rolodex, and manuscripts. A bookcase of manuscripts is optional. The play requires only a desk, a chair, and some manuscripts. In front of the desk is a beat up suitcase. Underneath Joy’s desk but visible are several pairs of shoes in varying styles and sizes. The main entrance to the agency is right center. Left center a door leads to offices offstage. All the action occurs center stage in close proximity to Joy’s desk.
• "I charge $2.50 for a clean original, mailing within 24 hours, an SASE with a mailback for comments, and a bio.”
• Page mounted June 24, 2001, updated June 25, 26, November 10, 2001, August 9, 14, 15, 2002, October 11, 2008, December 31, 2008, April 21, 2009, by the Webmaster.
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