Playwriting: “The Crank Calls”

No. 1: “CRITICAL MASS”

(The time for all plays is long ago, the place suburban Arvada, the locale the kitchen table that at meal time could accommodate an army of pre-pubescent smart-asses).

CHARACTERS:
Mike, 15
Dan, 12
Kevin, 11
Pre-Scary Man, 10

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DAN (hangs up phone): Nope. Woman.

KEVIN (perusing phone book): Try this: 422-6452… Larry Loomis.

DAN (dials number, lowers voice): Yes, is this Mr. Loomis? Larry Loomis?

VOICEOVER: It is.

DAN: Yes, Mr. Loomis, this is the city sewer company …

VOICEOVER: The what?

DAN: Yes, that’s right, the city sewer company … Mr. Loomis, we’ve been monitoring our levels and gauges here at the plant, and it appears that we have reached something of a critical mass…

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