Act I Scene 1
Waiting for Alfie
Set: A bus-stop bench on a busy sidewalk in front of a park. There is a young family having a picnic in the background.
Time: Late afternoon (just before sunset) on the Tuesday after the Labor-day following the reader's (audience's) fortieth birthday.
GEORGIE - 42 year old man.
BILL - Man between 80 & 100 who has a cane but obviously does not need it.
FREDERICK - 39 year old man.
GINNY - 22 year old college girl who is very chipper.
MARIE - 56 year old mother of Ginny.
Henrietta - Woman in her 50s with vibrant black hair and a gray streak at one temple.
ALFIE - Man in mid 20s who is very outgoing and good friends with Georgie.
EXTRAS - A young family consisting of a husband, wife, and toddler (boy or girl).
Georgie is sitting on the bench and filling in the crossword puzzle from the local paper while humming. Bill walks by Georgie with a light step and
while twirling his cane. Bill turns around to talk to Georgie.
BILL: Hiya Georgie, what are you doing here? Shouldn't you be at the chess tourney in Pleasure Park?
GEORGIE: Well I would be, but I received that obscure government text.
BILL: You mean the one where certain people over forty are mandated to choose between government programs?
GEORGIE: Yeah that one. It said we were all supposed to be at the nearest busstop at 8pm today, and not much else. And the crux of the matter is
that it didn't even give details about this choice we're supposed to be making.
BILL: What about Alfie? You two are chums. Didn't he tell you something? He is still working for the bureau right?
GEORGIE: He's not answering my calls. But I sent him a text, and he responded that he'd meet me here and explain everything to me. But what about
you? If you received the text, why aren't you waiting too?
BILL: Ah, but mine simply stated that this round is not requiring the participation of anyone over eighty. Well; good day lad, I have a tournament
to go win.
Bill walks offstage with a quick and light step. He is passed on his way offstage by Bill coming onstage in an obvious hurry.
GEORGIE: Hey Freddy! What's the rush?
FREDERICK: I'm late, I got an important text and I need to be at the Imperium Building.
GEORGIE: I thought just people over forty got that government text. But mine said to be at the busstop not government center.
FREDERICK: No, no . . . different text completely. I still don't trust it though. But then again, I don't trust anything enacted by this new
socialist regime that was elected by these college kids.
GEORGIE: Hmmm . . . well, I guess I was just hoping you knew something more than me. I was waiting for Alfie, but he hasn't shown up yet.
FREDERICK: Yeah; if anyone would know something, it would be Alfie. That one does tend to have an ear for the gossip. Well, if I see him at the
Imp., I'll send him your way. Gotta go.
Frederick continues on his way in his resumed hurry. Marie and Ginny walk up to Georgie with Ginny holding Marie's arm. Marie sits on the bench
with Georgie and Ginny stands behind Marie. The family in the park leaves the stage.
MARIE: So you got the text too, eh? She speaks to Georgie without looking at him.
GEORGIE: That I did. And now I'm hoping that Alfie will get here before the bus does so that he can tell us what is going on. Georgie glances at
his pocket watch while making the last statement.
MARIE: That sounds just like you Georgie, always waiting on Alfie. Well, you just keep him away from my Ginny you hear. Ginny rolls her eyes with
exagerated head movement. But you don't need Alfie to tell you what is going on . . . I'll tell you right now. It's the government poking their
noses where they don't belong again!
GEORGIE: Tell me about it. The New Imperium thinks it knows what is best for us all. And so we should all just line up and accept their decrees.
GINNY: I know, isn't it great?! The New Imperium will provide all that we need. We just have to trust in them!
GEORGIE: To Marie aside.
Is she always like this?
MARIE: No, sometimes she thinks before she speaks.
MARIE: Although, those times seem less and less since she started at the new government college.
Henrietta walks onto stage and sits between Georgie and Marie on the bench
HENRIETTA: Oooh, this is sooo exciting . . . don't you think? I know, I know . . . we were chosen! Out of everyone, they chose us.
GINNY: I know, you are so lucky to have been chosen by the Imperium. You get to be pioneers in the New World System.
GEORGIE: Speak for yourself kid! If you think so much of the program, why don't you go in my place?
GINNY: Oh, I wish I could. But that would be cheating, right? No, we must trust that the Imperium knows best.
A buzzing comes from everybodies cell-phones, except Ginny's. Only Henrietta looks at the text.
HENRIETTA: It seems as if our two choices are the Soylent Program or the Mars Program.
GEORGIE: Well, I see someone at the Imperium has a sense of humor.
GINNY: Ummm . . . what is soylent?
MARIE: Ginny, why don't you run along home now. I canhandle waiting for a bus on my own.
GINNY: Just as well, isn't that the bus coming up now anyways.
GEORGIE: Yes it is . . . and I do believe that's Alfie driving.
END ACT I, SCENE 1