The Paper Man

The Paper Man

Unconsciously inspired by and kind of  a rewrite of David Mamet’s Edmond.

Originally produced by The Present Company, on 45th Street in Manhattan, subsequently produced by The Present Company at the Theatorium on Stanton Street, Manhattan.

Both productions directed by John Clancy.

Sample text: 

(on pay phone)

JAKE

Hey, it’s me.  You got a second?  Listen, I’m, ah, –  Yeah, go ahead.

MAN

You almost done?

JAKE

No.  Yeah, I’m here, so… I just-   Yeah go ahead.

MAN

 I’m expecting a call.

JAKE

This is a payphone.

MAN

Are you done?

JAKE

No.  Hey.  So, you know, it’s just a…, I had   a… I don’t know how to say- .  No.  No,       I’m at a payphone.  I’ll wait, go ahead,      you’re busy, I just wanted to – No, it’s all  right, go ahead.

MAN

I need the phone, man.

JAKE

Use the other one.

MAN

Other one’s broke.

JAKE

Well I’m using this one.  I’ll be done when I’m done.

MAN

I think you’re done now.

JAKE

No, I’m still – yeah, hey, so look, you’re crazy, but I wanted to.. just, ah… I got some Bad –

MAN reaches over JAKE’s shoulder and hangs up the phone.

MAN

You’re done, man.

JAKE

What the –  what DID YOU DO?  That was- what, I was TALKING TO MY   WIFE!

MAN

You can talk to her at home.

JAKE

This isn’t your phone.

MAN

Isn’t yours either.

JAKE

If I put a quarter in there –
The phone rings, MAN shoulders JAKE out of the way, picks it up.

MAN

Yeah.  Yeah.  All right.  All right.

JAKE

Jesus Christ.  Did anybody see that?  Did anybody see what he did?

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