Act I, Scene 3
Set: 8:30 p.m. The set is the inside of a transit bus. One row of seats (driver side) is visible as well as the driver. The front of the bus is to
the right of the stage (left if in a country where driver is on right).
ALFIE - Bus Driver.
GEORGIE - 42 year old man - passenger.
MARIE - 56 year old woman – passenger.
HENRIETTA - 50s woman - passenger.
DUTCH - 70 year old man - passenger.
EXTRAS - 3 people between 40 - 80 years old – passengers.
Alfie is driving, other characters are one to a seat going back from driver in order listed as cast. There is indistinguishable conversation going
on throughout the bus with everyone except Alfie.
ALFIE:Raising both hands in front of him.
Alright, everyone listen up please. Let me have your attention for just one minute.
Georgie stands back up and looks at Alfie.
GEORGIE: Just where have you been? I even got to the stop earlyso I could talk with you. What's going on here Alfie?
ALFIE: I know, I know; I'm sorry. But I'm here now to explain things . . . at least as much as I can. I was just told the details myself last night
at the government meeting.
Thus you should have been able to tell me what was going on by now.Georgie sits back down.
ALFIE: I wish I could have. After the meeting they put us all on lock-down, well I guess technically it was before the meeting when they took away
our cells. They issued us all these fancy gov ones after though. And now we can't even call unapproved numbers. That's why I volunteered to drive
this bus, so I could be the one to talk to you. As for what's going on? Well, that's a different matter altogether. You have between now and when
we arrive at the Imp building to make your choice between the two approved programs.
HENRIETTA: Which are this Soylent Program and the Mars Program, right? What exactly are they?
GEORGIE: I don't rightly care, I'm personaly not willingly being part of anything called Soylent. My sense of humour just doesn't go that far.
MARIE: I still don't get it.
DUTCH: Yeah, you wouldn't would you?
GEORGIE: Leave Marie alone Dutch. At least she's a good deal brighter than her daughter.
ALFIE: To the aside to Georgie.
Just keep that girl away from me, she scares me.
GEORGIE: Aside to Alfie with a slight chuckle.
That's funny, because Marie said almost the same thing about you to me in reference to
ALFIE: Still aside to Georgie. Hrmmph!
Be that as it may. Addressing all the passengers again.
Ok, since I now have everyone's full
attention again . . . your choices are the Soylent Program and the Mars Program. The Soylent Program is designed to colonize Mars with volunteers.
The Soylent Program is for those whom do not wish to travel to Mars. They will instead be involved in the provision of supplies for the Mars Program.
Alfie abrubtly turns around and sits in his seat.
DUTCH: But what's that mean? We want details.
ALFIE: I am sorry, I truly am, but I am not authorized to tell you any more than I already have.
HENRIETTA: So we have roughly five minutes to decide the rest of our lives?
ALFIE: Closer to fifteen. We are going to the new facility on the outskirts.
DUTCH: Ah, so that's what that is for. They've been working on that construction for the past eight and a half months. My firm was even hired for
the job, but they didn't allow anyone over thirty to work on it. They even had everyone sign NDAs.
MARIE: What's an NDA?
GEORGIE: A non-disclosure agreement. Basically it means that the government owns you. It is standard practice for government jobs and it prevents
you from talking about the things you see, hear, read, or do. And it does so under penalty of law. Although I'm not sure what the punishment would
be. How 'bout it Alfie? What's the punishment for breaking the NDA?
ALFIE: I would love to tell you, but I had to sign one as well.
DUTCH: They're probly forced to join one of the programs if they blab.
Alfie focuses a little more on his job as driver and tries to make himself real small.
ALFIE: I think its time we went ahead and got to it.
You can hear the sound of the bus engine starting from the stage.
GEORGIE: Yeah Dutch, I think you got it in one.
END ACT I, SCENE 3
edit on 9152016 by JDeLattre89 because: Because I can.