Sunday, February 15, 2009

Subway Encounters

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Subway Encounters

by Camille Torres

CAST

CORPORATE MAN, mid-forties insurance man who loves his life and thinks he is “bomb”
CORPORATE WOMAN, early thirties woman who looks like she dropped out of a PhD program and would rather be anywhere else in the world
SUBWAY SANDWICH GIRL, recent high school graduate who is most likely taking classes at the community college down the road
SUBWAY CASHIER WOMAN, older retired woman who works at the Subway in order to get out of the house and have some type of forced human interaction

SCENE

A Subway (famous sandwich chain where Jared lost all his weight) in any mini plaza in any typical Connecticut “city.”

TIME

The present.

ACT ONE

(It is lunch hour at a typical mini plaza. The parking lot is full of sedans, SUVs, and minivans belonging to corporate workers in the insurance business. The Subway is the least crowded of fast food options, which is why there are only two workers (the Subway Sandwich Girl and the Subway Cashier Woman). The two women are casually chit- chatting with one another when two cars pull up. The first car is a Lexus (a car made for someone who knows nothing about cars but likes to spend money) while the second car is a 1998 Mercury Tracer (a car that has a dent on its side and sports an “Up the Revolution” bumper sticker). Corporate Man (wearing an outfit that is most likely from Nordstrom) quickly rushes out of his Lexus, walks into the Subway (does not hold the door), and jogs up to the Subway Sandwich Girl to beat the other customer, Corporate Woman. Corporate Woman enters the sandwich shop in the middle of his order.)

SUBWAY SANDWICH GIRL

And what would you like on that sandwich sir? (nervously, as she finishes folding some type of meat on an “Italian Combo”)

CORPORATE MAN

What do you think? (Pause) Why, “the works,” of course. (smiles, as he tucks his Blackberry into his jacket and begins to watch her make the sandwich)

(SUBWAY SANDWICH GIRL quickly and efficiently starts putting ALL of the subway sides on his sandwich.)

CORPORATE MAN

Wow! You sure know how to make a sandwich. (flirting, as he leans over the glass)

SUBWAY SANDWICH GIRL

Thanks. (smiles, somewhat proudly, at her customer)

CORPORATE MAN

Yeah. I really like how you handle that meat. (shamelessly, as if this is what any man would say to an attractive service worker)

SUBWAY SANDWICH GIRL

... (she is startled and starts to fumble as she quickly tries to finish the sandwich)

(Corporate Woman, who was standing beside Corporate Man reading the menu, turns to her side to give him a noticeable look of disgust. Subway Cashier Woman walks closer to her co-worker out of solidarity and has a forced smile.)

CORPORATE MAN

I wish I had someone like you at home making sandwiches for me. (brazenly, he does not realize how uncomfortable all three women are)

SUBWAY SANDWICH GIRL

... (quickly finishes the sandwich but is shaking)

SUBWAY CASHIER WOMAN

Sir, I can finish your order. Would you like a soda and chips? (she quickly grabs the sandwich from her co-worker to wrap it)

CORPORATE MAN

You’re awesome. (enthusiastically to the Subway Sandwich Girl as she begins to walk away from him and closer to her next customer)

SUBWAY CASHIER WOMAN

Sir, I said I would help you. (politely, while gritting through her teeth and leading him to the register)

SUBWAY SANDWICH GIRL

Can – Can I help you ma’am? (stuttering and is noticeably shaken)

CORPORATE WOMAN

Yeah – you know I will just have a turkey with cheese. (appalled and is still staring at Corporate Man trying to figure if she should do something in this situation --she cannot bring herself to look at Subway Sandwich Girl)

(Subway Cashier Woman finishes up Corporate Man’s order quickly. All women stop what they are doing to watch him leave. At the door he pauses and turns to speak to the Subway Cashier Girl -- because he is at the door all women hear the comment.)

CORPORATE MAN


This was great! See you tomorrow! (earnestly and enthusiastically)

End Scene

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