Things in Store
Other Plays by Jeffrey Adams
Adams, Jeffrey (American playwright, bookseller, 1966-____), "Things in Store,"
a 23-minute comedy in English, set in a bookstore in an airport, 1995,
© 1994 by Jeffrey Adams;
• in Jeffrey Adams’ Things in Store (_____, Oregon, U.S.A.: The Author, 1994);
• script/rights available from Jeffrey Adams, 908 3rd Street, International Falls, Minnesota 56649, U.S.A., e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 218-283-5570;
• script/rights formerly available from Grimpenmire Press [Grimpenmire closed 1997], 162 N. 17th Street, Springfield, Oregon 97477, U.S.A., telephone 541-747-1147, e-mail Dabblmom@aol.com.
• Cited by Toni Rakestraw, Grimpenmire Press, via e-mail January 16, 1996.
Barbara (f), shopper; Clerk (m), salesperson; Carol (f), airport cop; Brad (m), Barbara’s boyfriend.
"Barbara, her flight delayed, wanders into the airport bookshop after spending a few interesting hours at the bar. She tries to strike up a conversation with the clerk there, but he is not interested. He is similarly not interested when she flirts with him. As he bends over to pick up a book, Barbara—on an impulse—pinches his backside. To her shock, he turns and deliberately slaps her then walks away to complete the transaction. Barbara, furious, calls in an airport cop who happens to be a friend of the clerk. Barbara suddenly finds herself as much under suspicion as her male fondlee and decides to deny everything. She becomes the focal point of the action, as the clerk and Carol (the cop) calmly discuss what to do next while turning a deaf ear to her claims that she never grabbed anybody. The clerk, however, is not willing to press charges, and it looks as if everything is going to be dropped when Brad, Barbara’s boyfriend, who has also been spending time at an airport lounge, wanders onto the scene. Barbara is now quite desperate to get out of the store quickly. Brad however, is looking for a book, and in his booze-fogged mind has decided he doesn’t like the clerk’s attitude. The clerk, annoyed when Brad tries to pick a fight, calmly walks around the register and takes a fighter’s stance opposite Barbara, his logic being she is the cause of all his torment so she should be the one to get knocked about. Brad attacks. Clerk overcomes him then demands Barbara admit what she has done and apologize to them both. When Barbara demands to know if the clerk considers himself some kind of one-man morality squad, the clerk calmly responds that he just would like ‘to do things right for a change.’ Barbara admits her wrong, then she and the clerk exchange some final words of truce and respect."
• Rakestraw says, "A fresh and funny look at a very hot topic."
• "Jeffrey Adams . . . began his creative life as a mystery novelist, but shortly after receiving his umpteenth rejection slip, he moved to the stage and received his first production credit with Murder in Bogart's Shadow in 1995. Since then, he has written over twenty full-length plays, one-acts, and plays for children, with numerous productions all over the U.S. and England. Mr. Adams also writes and produces radio drama. His internet radio show Imagination-X won the 2003 Silver Ogle Award for excellence in fantasy audio. Mr. Adams lives in Western Oregon with his librarian wife, Diane, and their two children."--Playscripts, Inc. - Jeffrey Adams, http://www.playscripts.com, accessed February 13, 2006.
• "Jeffrey Adams is a published playwright, amateur filmmaker, occasional novelist, and once ago newspaper guy. He's been a writer his entire adult life during which time he's tried about every genre and medium. He first got interested in audio drama while listening to Old Time Radio rebroadcasts as a child, and was surprised and thrilled as an adult to discover that there were still some driven fools producing plays without stages, and movies without light. He now produces his own plays, and designs websites to unleash them on the world. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Adams has worked as a museum assistant, reporter, Time/Life Books salesman, office temp, school bus driver, and a variety of other horrific occupations. He has also directed his own work on stage and for the radio. From 1995-96, he ran The Northwest Mysterium mystery dinner theatre in Salem, Oregon. He now lives an outwardly normal life in Minnesota with a beautiful librarian and their two genius children."--Jeffrey Adams - Biography Credits, http://storiesonmp3.com/bio/, accessed February 16, 2006.
airport, bookstore, fight, gender equity, pickup, police, sexual abuse.