The people have spoken... Last month's People's Choice Award goes to Ruben Grijalva for his original short play, Mr. Wong’s Goes to Washington, presented as a staged reading at the Monday Night PlayGround October 21 Season Opener and Barbara Oliver Tribute at Berkeley Rep. Congratulations, Ruben!
Courtesy of Mr. Grijalva, we're pleased to share the first two pages from the award-winning script. Enjoy!
Mr. Wong’s Goes to Washington
by Ruben Grijalva
Kevin Asian Male, Delivery Man, 16-25
Mick Male, House Speaker’s Chief of Staff, Late fifties
Kim Female, House Speaker’s Junior Staffer, 25-30
Denise Female, White House Chief of Staff, Mid-forties
Ben Male, White House Junior Staffer 25-30
(Muffled, unintelligible shouting. LIGHTS UP on KEVIN,
holding two large delivery bags. He approaches a door,
goes to knock, hesitates. He puts his ear to it, the shouting
grows louder, but no more intelligible. He knocks. No
response. He waits a moment, knocks again. Nothing.)
Hello! It's Mr. Wong's! Delivery! Hello! Your food is here!
(He steps away from the door, checks the ticket, the
address. The noise settles, MICK peaks his head out.)
(He shuts the door. Kevin freezes, listens. The cacophony
swells, then stops. The door opens, BEN appears.)
Mr. Wong. Come in, please.
(Enters.) Actually it's Kevin. You did order food, right?
That has not been established.
(Inside, a conference table and chairs. When seated,
DENISE and Ben sit stage-right, Mick and KIM stage-left.)
It has been well established. Thank you, Kevin.
(Checking the bill.) Alright, cool. That'll be, uh...eighty-two, forty-five, please.
Eighty-two dollars? I don't think we can justify that kind of expense.
Our research shows an average dinner for four in D.C. costs one-hundred thirty-three
dollars and four cents.
And my research shows there's a deli down the street where you can get four
perfectly good sandwiches for under thirty bucks.
But, you already ordered this.
I did not order this. I do not order Chinese food. I'm very sensitive to MSG.
We don't use MSG.
Well, sure, you say that, but there's really no way for me to verify, is there? And
my policy is to, as the Gipper said, trust but --
I ordered it.
Great. So, you pay?
You ordered it without approval.
I approved it.
(Turns to Denise.) Great. So, you pay?
Nobody is paying for anything. All stakeholders must be present when decisions
are made. We will not abide another executive power grab. We will not have Mr.
Wong's forced down our throat.
Kim approved the order, on your behalf, Mick.
Kim is not authorized to approve anything.
I'm sorry. It wasn't approval, in any official sense, it was just, you know -- my
personal consent. Because, I'm starving. Star-ving.
(Turns to Kim.) So, you pay?
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