THE VER**ZON PLAY
When Jenni called customer service all she wanted was to fix a minor problem with her cell phone bill. Instead she was sucked into a vortex of unimaginable horror.
Now she wants revenge - or to get her cell phone service turned back on. Part thriller, part screwball comedy, part based on actual events that have undoubtedly happened to YOU.
A small pool of light comes up on JENNI.
JENNI. Life changes on a dime, doesn’t it? (She drifts off into a reverie,then--)I’m sorry... I lost my train of thought. Uhh... (Remembers the dime she’s holding in her hand) Oh. Dime.
They say in the old days you could make a phone call with a dime. Can that really be true? Was it ever that simple? Were there really little booths on corners where you could just slip a dime into the jingling slot and...
(sliding into an imaginary conversation) Hi. I’m good, how are you? Oh, I don’t know, what do you want to do tonight? Oh, that sounds fun. That sounds like so much... Funny, the things we take for granted until oneday a little billing problem with Ferizon rips your life to shreds and everything you thought you knew about yourself and your world and everything just... just...
(She takes her cell phone out of her pocket and looks at it) How can something so little cause so much pain? It’s not supposed to be that way. It comes with a PLAN! I thought itwas a plan to make my life easier and better--but I waswrong! Oh my god, I was so wrong! (collapsing) Oh why??? Why can’t it all go back to the way it was???
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Playscripts as part of the anthology Humana Festival 2012: The Complete Plays.
Contact Patrick Herold at ICM.