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The rough draft is finished, so for the next few days I will resurrect The Sandwich Maker, and finish the story......



THE SANDWICH MAKER

ACT 3, SCENE 1


Scene takes place 5 years after act 2. Johnny and Rista are married and live in a small apartment downtown. Scene one opens with a “Video clip.” of an “entertainment tonight” style show.


Jameson Richards:

For those of us who aspire to work in the industry, the dream becomes the ultimate hunt.

With so many pursuing the dream, and so few actually getting it, it is difficult to believe that occasionally, people still get lucky breaks. For Eric Holms, that lucky break occurred 5 years ago in a city called Spokane Washington.


Eric:

… I was involved in a local college theater production as I recall. Little did I know that Leah and Breanna were taking a night off from their job at talent one. They signed me on that night.....


Jameson Richards:

… But the story of Eric's career is is one not commonly observed in the industry these days: A story of rags to riches, of homelessness and poverty...


Interviewing with Eric


… So what would go through your head on a nightly basis? It must have been hard for you to come up with food, much less shelter.


Eric:

Well, it's a struggle. It is.

What I would find myself thinking about would be your basics. You know, how am I going to eat tonight? Where am I going to sleep? But something that always helped me was to keep the big picture in mind. How am I eventually going to get off the streets?


Enter Johnny.


Johnny:

I'm home babe.


Rista:

Hello my dear husband. How was work?


Jameson Richards:

… It must have been hard for you.


Eric:

It was tough, but it's in the past now. Water under the bridge...


Johnny:

Turns off the tv.


Seems my friend is doing well enough.


Rista:

Don't worry about it hon, you know he got a lucky break.


Johnny:

It's just not fair. I've busted my ass off in the theater for years. He does one show, and suddenly he's Hollywood's poster child.


Rista:

He's your friend, you should be happy for him. You told me how you two used to be. All for one, you know?


Johnny:

Hell of a friend he is! I have not heard from him since Othello, you know that.


Rista:

You're in a bad mood. Whats wrong my dear?


Johnny:

I'm sorry my sweet Rista, I'm just worried.


Rista:

Oh my dear, what are you so worried about?


Johnny:

Our future, honey. About our life plans. I'm still working at the deli for crying out loud. And today, we found out the deli may be closing next week. For all my acting, the only thing I have to show for it is an occasional extra's job. I don't know what to do Rista, I don't, and that scares me.


Rista:

We'll be fine honey, I promise.


Johnny:

How? I'm about to lose my job, and actors aren't exactly in demand here in Spokane.


Rista:

Look, my photography is taking off. If I sell a few more prints, we'll have next months rent covered. We'll get through this Johnny. We will. I promise.


Johnny:

You're right.


Rista:

And you're cute when you are mad.


Johnny:

I love you Rista.



Rista:

I love you too, Johnny.


Johnny:

Well, I'm not Eric. No lucky breaks for me. I guess I need to start looking for another job.


Rista:

Need your walking shoes?


Johnny:

No, I think I'll take it easy today. I'll look for work online.


Johnny hops on the computer. The phone rings.


Rista:

I've got it.


Rista answers the phone.


Hello? Oh hi Chrissy! How are you? – No way, she's back? – Oh my god! How's her kid? – Oh, how cute! – We should! Wait, when? – Tomorrow? What time? – 7:30? Okay, see you then. Bye Chrissy.


Johnny:

How's Christina doing?


Rista:

Fine. Jamie's back in town. Chrissy and Jamie are supposed to stop by tomorrow and show me pictures of Jamie's little boy. Jamie and I might go to the bar afterwards, is that okay?


Johnny:

Thats fine. So is Jamie still humping Eric?


Rista:

I don't know.


Johnny:

Wait a second, check this out.

Looks like Eric is coming back too.


Rista:

Really?


Johnny:

Yeah, I got an email from the talent fish network. They need extras for a movie called Trial and Error. It looks like Eric has been cast as a young Defense Attorney.


Rista:

Think he could get you a job?


Johnny:

I'll call on it right now.


He dials the phone.


Hi, this is Johnathan Allen. I got the email about Trial and Error, I was wondering if you still needed extras? – The courthouse? – Yeah, I know where thats at. – When? 8 a.m.? Cool, thank you.


Rista:

You think this will work?


Johnny:

Well, we haven't spoken in 5 years, but I'm the only reason Eric is where he is.


Rista:

See? We'll make it.

You big, sexy actor, you.


Johnny:

You know what this family unit is missing?


Rista:

What?


Johnny:

A baby, you want to go make one?


Rista:

Twist my arm why don't you?


Exuant

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theSkwirl

Jun 27 @ 10:41AM  
Eeeek.. kids kids kids.. it's ok and fun to practice.. but don't be makin that baby just yet.. good gawd.. you got ages and .. well foo I'm 46 and still not old and mature enough to have a kid!!!!

Great story m'dear. I do hope this gets played.

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