Friday, January 6, 2017

Women in the Age of Trump: TOUGH COOKIES

TOUGH COOKIES by Brett Hursey is a semi-finalist for NYCPlaywrights project "Women in the Age of Trump."

BRETT HURSEY's comedies have appeared in over two hundred and fifty theaters across the country including venues in Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hollywood, as well as internationally in England, Belgium, Luxembourg, Romania, Australia, South Korea and Canada.  He's also had over fifty off/off-off Broadway productions in Manhattan.

Thanks to Brett Hursey for allowing NYCPlaywrights to publish this excerpt from his play TOUGH COOKIES.

   CHAZ

No -- I paid for a fortune -- and I want a fortune.    (Throwing down the slip of paper) 
Not this lame crap!

   WAITRESS

Ooooo-kay. No problem. I’ll be right back.

   (WAITRESS quickly exits stage right.)

   ROXANNE

Don’t you think you’re overreacting a little?

   CHAZ

Look, all I want is a fortune cookie with an actual fortune inside. Is that asking too much?

   ROXANNE

OK, fine. Calm down -- you’re making a scene.

   (WAITRESS enters stage right.)

WAITRESS

   (Placing a plate on the table) 
Here we go -- new cookies for everyone…

   CHAZ

   (To ROXANNE) 
You go first.

   ROXANNE

You sure? I mean, I wouldn’t want to stand between you and a fortune you’ve already paid for…

   CHAZ

Ha, ha. Very funny.

   ROXANNE

   (Opening the cookie -- reading) 
“Your smile is a sunrise on dark horizons.”

   CHAZ

(Hurriedly) 
Great. 
(Opening his cookie-- reading) 
“Whew -- it’s about time I got out of that lousy cookie.” 
   (Throws the slip of paper down) That sucks! I want another one!

   WAITRESS

Alright! Give me a second.

   (WAITRESS runs off right.)

   ROXANNE

Come on, Chaz…

   CHAZ

No! No way! I’m not taking this…

   ROXANNE

Taking what, Chaz? They’re just cookies…

   CHAZ

Says the girl who gets all the good fortunes -- for free…

   ROXANNE

Jesus, you really are a jerk-face…

   (WAITRESS enters stage right and places one cookie in front of ROXANNE and one in front of CHAZ.)

  ROXANNE

   (Opening her cookie -- reading) 
“Watch your step -- love is right around the corner.”

   CHAZ

   (Opening his cookie -- reading) 
“You will be hungry again in another hour.”