New Cat, New Gig

I chose this as my piece of playwright because it was the only one I wrote that is long enough. The original assignment was to write a play at least 500 words long on basically anything we wanted. I wanted my piece to accomplish being written well enough to be performed. The thing I like most about this piece is that it has aspects in it just like a sitcom you see on TV, which is pretty cool. I think this shows that as a writer I have a wide range of what I can do, I can write anything from poetry to a play to a short story. If I could go back and change one thing I would make the conflict more noticeable, it was supposed to be the cat being rescued and the commercial but it just isn’t that clear. 

Characters:

Anthony- lives with Claire and Nicole, ladies man. Failing up and coming actor that is very funny. He’s in his upper twenties, super poor, doesn’t make enough money to live on own so he takes Claire and Nicole’s food and personal stuff all the time.

Claire- super smart, in mid-twenties. Works at a law firm and makes most money out of friends. She has known Nicole since high school and secretly likes Anthony. She’s shy but outgoing when you get to know her. Allergic to animals but Nicole always brings them home.

Nicole- super dumb and an airhead, works at a pet store. Always tries taking animals back into the apartment but always has to return them to pet store. Doesn’t have a her license but always drives anyway. She’s nice and caring, mid twenties.

Alex- he is just Anthony’s partner in the commercial (not important)

Director- he is only in it to direct the commercial. He is strict but outgoing and always down for a change. Has lots of experience with Crangrape and directing. ________________________________________________________________

SCENE 1

INT. APARTMENT-EVENING

ANTHONY walks through front door.

CLAIRE and NICOLE are sitting on couch talking. TV on in background.

ANTHONY

(excitedly)

I did it guys! I’m going to be famous.

CLAIRE

Let me guess, you walked in the back of a news report again?

ANTHONY

(excitedly)

No, not this time…. I got a gig for a commercial!

NICOLE

(shouting)

Are you serious? What’s the commercial going to be?

ANTHONY is walking toward the couch and stops in front of the girls.

ANTHONY

(excitedly)

Get this…CRANGRAPE!!!  You know, the juice company!!  

CLAIRE stands up in shock and grabs ANTHONY by the shoulders.

CLAIRE

(shouting)

No way! Anthony that’s amazing I’m so proud of you! When do you start?

ANTHONY lightly pushes CLAIRE off of him.

ANTHONY

(calmly)

You see, that’s the thing… tomorrow I get the script and start recording. I wanted to know if you would go with me?

CLAIRE and NICOLE look at each other and back at ANTHONY.

CLAIRE and NICOLE

(synchronously)

Of course we’ll go!!

ANTHONY

Oh sweet! I thought since it was such short notice you guys wouldn’t be able to make! We leave at 8 AM!

ANTHONY walks to the kitchen and CLAIRE and NICOLE follow.

NICOLE

I’m so proud of you Anthony! Maybe this will be your big break.

ANTHONY starts pouring himself a bowl of cereal as NICOLE leans against the counter.

CLAIRE goes into refrigerator and looks for something to drink.

ANTHONY

I hope so, they just called to-

ANTHONY is cut off by the sound of meowing.

ANTHONY

(annoyed)

Nicole!! Not again!

NICOLE looks around like she doesn’t know what’s going on, ANTHONY and CLAIRE start looking for where the meowing is coming from.

CLAIRE

Nicole, you know we can’t have cats in the apartment! You need to stop doing this.

NICOLE

(confused)

You guys I actually don’t where it’s coming from! I didn’t bring a cat home..

CLAIRE

We’re not going to believe that, just get the cat and bring it back down to the pet shop.

NICOLE

I’m serious. I have no clue where it’s coming from! I didn’t bring this one home.

The three look around trying to follow the meows. They all end up at the vent on the wall.

ANTHONY

No way I’m going in there. You guys got any ideas?

NICOLE

(panicky)

Someone climb in there and get it!

CLAIRE

NO! Nicole get some of the cat food you brought home and we’ll lure it out.

NICOLE runs and gets the cat food and gives it to CLAIRE. She places it at end of vent. They wait and the cat finally comes and CLAIRE pulls it out.

NICOLE

(low tone)

Can we please keep it?

ANTHONY and CLAIRE look at each other a while and shrug.

ANTHONY

Maybe we can keep it until we find it a home

They all pet the cat for a little while. ANTHONY stands up and starts walking away. 

ANTHONY

Well, I’m going to go to bed, we have a big day tomorrow

They all get up and head off to bed.

Scene 2

INT. KITCHEN-MORNING

All three are sitting at wooden table eating breakfast. Table is cleared except their plates.

CLAIRE

You ready for you big day, Anthony?

ANTHONY

Yeah, a little nervous though. Let’s get going, I can’t be late.

NICOLE

Ok, let me get the cat!

They walk out the door and head down the stairs.  

Scene 3

EXT. FILMING SET- MORNING

There are trailers outside and people walking around. Open, green area.

Loud, a bunch of people talking at once.

The three of them walk up, ANTHONY in front. He walks up to a lady with a clipboard.

ANTHONY

Hello, my names Anthony, I’m here to act for the Crangrape commercial.

LADY

Hi Anthony… all checked in, thank you! Head on over to trailer one and they’ll get you ready.

ANTHONY walks off to the trailer labeled “TRAILOR ONE”, he walks in. The DIRECTOR immediately sees him and tosses him a packet.

DIRECTOR

Here’s your script. It’s super short so we assume you’re capable of getting it down pretty quick. You can read it over as they get you ready.

ANTHONY

(nervous)

Um, thank you..

ANTHONY reads his script as they get his outfit ready and do his makeup and hair. ANTHONY walks out and waves to CLAIRE and NICOLE, who are standing outside the trailer.

CLAIRE

Good luck!!

ANTHONY follows the DIRECTOR and his acting partner, ALEX to where the set will be filmed.

DIRECTOR

Anthony you will stand here and Alex you will be right next to him. The plan is for you guys to be be standing in the buckets of cranberries and grapes, you’ll stomp around in them and say your lines, sound good?

ANTHONY and ALEX

(synchronously)

Yes.

Camera points at NICOLE and CLAIRE who are giggling to themselves.

CLAIRE

(laughing)

This is going to be so good!

Camera points back at the set being filmed. DIRECTOR begins filming.

DIRECTOR

Ok guys, let’s get started. Action!

ALEX and ANTHONY are stomping in the buckets and saying their lines.

ALEX

What’s nutritious and delicious?

ANTHONY

Crangrape, of course.

DIRECTOR jumps in front of camera.

DIRECTOR

(shouting)

Cut, cut, cut! You have to sound more enthusiastic and confident. You’ve got to sell the product well, c’mon…. Action!

ALEX

What’s nutritious and delicious?

ANTHONY

Crangrape, of course!

ALEX

Made from real cranberries and grapes, with no added sugars!

ANTHONY

Ocean Spray’s biggest hit yet, try it for yourself and taste the

awesomeness!

ANTHONY steps on the edge of the bucket and it tips causing him to fall forward.

ALEX

(trying to act serious)

100% real juice! Find it in any of your local grocery stores!

DIRECTOR runs on screen and helps ANTHONY up.

DIRECTOR

That was awesome! Loved the ending Anthony! We’ve got to figure out how to incorporate that in the commercial.

ANTHONY

Well, I didn’t actually mean to do that. I say we leave it out…

DIRECTOR

You’re good to go Anthony, thanks for helping. We’ll mail your paycheck to you, check the website tonight for the commercial, it’ll be aired on TV later in the week too.

ANTHONY

Ok thank you, sounds good.

NICOLE, ANTHONY, and CLAIRE walk towards the car.

ANTHONY

That was embarrassing.

CLAIRE

(sympathetically)

You did great Anthony!

NICOLE

Yeah, I agree.

They get into the car and drive off. 

Scene 4

INT. APARTMENT- EVENING

The three of them are sitting at the table with the laptop in the middle of them. Table is completely cleared besides the laptop.

It’s quiet except for the keyboard clicking as ANTHONY types.

ANTHONY turns on the previously filmed Crangrape commercial… it plays and he watches till he falls in the commercial.

ANTHONY

(embarrassed, shouting)

No! This is humiliating, people won’t be able to stop talking about this. Now I’ll never get an acting job!

CLAIRE

Anthony it’s fine, people don’t care, they’ll just laugh and get over it. No one will not hire because of this!

NICOLE

(excited)

And maybe it goes viral and you get famous! That’d be cool. I’m  really seeing no downside to this!

ANTHONY stands up out of chair and paces around the table.

ANTHONY

(angry)

No downside?! Are you kidding? It’s all a downside, everyone is going to make fun of me!

The cat comes running in and meows.

ANTHONY

(yelling)

Even the cat is making fun of me!

ANTHONY runs out the door, slamming it behind him. CLAIRE and NICOLE just stare at each other and laugh as soon as he leaves.

End scene.

 

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