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 Posted: Sat Mar 14th, 2009 05:32 pm
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HolyCityTheatre
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MAN and WOMAN sitting on couch watching coverage of the 2008 Obama/McCain campaign. Phone rings.

MAN
Are you going to get that?

WOMAN
It’s your turn. Martha called while you were taking out the trash.

MAN
You started it.

WOMAN
We are both entitled to our opinions. We are both equally entitled to express those opinions however we see fit. We are not required to engage each other in a continuous and fruitless battle. Lets just agree to disagree, okay?

MAN
Okay.

WOMAN
(beat) Are you going to get that?

MAN
No.

WOMAN
I did think the stunt you pulled with whatever the hell that was, pamphlet, or whatever, was a teensy bit immature. And I was shocked, quite frankly, at the ignorance you’ve shown throughout this entire process. But I’m willing to ignore those kind of petty gestures until after the election. When I’m sure your rationality will return to you.

MAN
I thought you might be interested in knowing-

WOMAN
He’s not a Muslim.

Answering machine picks up.
Hi. You’ve reached the Sloan residence, we’re unable to get to the phone right now but if you leave your name and a short message we’ll get back to you right away. (beep) Uh-hello? Daniel? Yeah this is Todd from across the street uh-I know you guys are doing this sign thing….. But-well I just wanted to tell you that it looks like Jess has-uh, like surrounded your signs or something with Obama signs. Yeah. You can’t see the McCain signs anymore. So- well I just thought I’d let you know. I don’t know if that’s cheating…but anyway. Hope to see you both at the block party on Saturday, have a good night.

MAN grins at WOMAN who stares at the t.v. defiantly, until they both start start laughing.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 14th, 2009 09:00 pm
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Mana: 
Not bed.  Like the idea...fun.  I think the dialogue was a bit stilted for me.  Couples interrupt...they don't speak so formally....finish each other's sentences.  It felt like two people who didn't know each other talking.

Still  nice piece.

Paddy

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 Posted: Sat Mar 14th, 2009 10:59 pm
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Mana: 
Funny. The stilted thing works for me, here. Like they're being overly formal in order to keep the peace.

What if it continued? Would one of them hire the audience from the Beijing Olympics to hold up cards forming a portrait of their candidate?

Go further with it :)

Welcome to the group!

Vanessa

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