Play #4 1/4/21 © 2021, Lucinda McDermott
4 things: green tea, irritating slow driver, obnoxious light flashing driver, decorated walking stick
Event: Dusk of a Sunday. Sidewalk is rolling up. During Covid.
Location: Sidewalk cut in, Floyd, VA
Characters: PIPER, 30’s, a man without a home; JOELLE, any age, tourist from somewhere in Europe
At rise: A cut-in area of the sidewalk in Floyd, VA. PIPER sits on a cement bench. He wears a mask that’s dirty and frayed. His clothes are too large for his skinny frame. He holds a long walking stick that’s painted green and has ribbons tied to it with beads and other dangles attached.
ENTER; JOELLE swiftly.
JOELLE: [Seeing PIPER] Oh! Hello! Excuse me, sir, can you tell me. . . I am looking for a shop? To buy? Sorry. I am new here. I want to buy a gift for my host. You understand?
PIPER: [Immediately comes to life by the miracle of human interaction.] Helloooo, yes, yes. I can help you. Welcome to Floyd [bows]. There are many stores [gesturing with his stick] in our humble, yet honorable hamlet. What is it you seek for a gift?
JOELLE: Oh, thank you. Thank you! I, I don’t know. Are these shops still open?
[At that moment there is a flashing of head lights at them from car.]
Oh, my goodness, what. . .
PIPER: That is the Lord of Dungarees, a blight in our burg. Pay him no heed/
OFF STAGE VOICE: /Hey Piper! Get the hell out of town, you damn hobo! You’re scaring the tourists!
JOELLE: Oh no, sir, he is being very helpful! Mr. Piper, perhaps there is a coffee shop? I can get my host something there? I would have arrived sooner but I was—how you say—stick behind a slow driver. Very irritating.
PIPER: I do know of such a shop! I do not recommend the dark liquid. However, I can gift you with this—[He pulls a beautifully cloth wrapped bundle from an inner coat pocket.]. My own special blend of magnolia green tea.
JOELLE: [Taking it gratefully.] You are very kind.
PIPER takes a deep bow.
LIGHTS quick fade to black
END OF PLAY