Good People David Lindsay Abaire

Topics: 2005 singles, 2007 singles, Debut singles Pages: 132 (21498 words) Published: April 19, 2015
 ACT ONE
SCENE ONE

(South Boston, MA. The Manager’s office at the Dollar Store. There’s a cheesy motivational poster on the wall – “If You Can Dream It, You Can Achieve It.” Margaret, early 50’s, stands by the door while Stevie, her manager, late 20’s gets a file from a cabinet.)

MARGARET
Did she ever tell you the ham story? Up at Flanagan’s?

STEVIE
No.

MARGARET
When I worked up there, and she came in? She never told you that story?

STEVIE
(goes to his desk)
I don’t think so.

MARGARET
She was pregnant with you. No, Jimmy actually – she was pregnant with Jimmy - because it was near Christmas, and your father was locked up in Walpole again, so she didn’t have any money for anything.

STEVIE
You can sit down.

MARGARET
She had nothing. Except Saint Vincent de Paul’s. Thank God for them. They used to give out toys at Christmas to the ones who couldn’t afford it. Nothing big, just little things to put under the tree so the kids had something to open. I don’t know if they still do that or not, but I went there a couple years for my Joyce, and I know your mother got most of your toys down St.Vinnie’s that / year.

STEVIE
Margaret, listen for a / second—

MARGARET
(but she keeps going)
I don’t think they did Christmas dinners though. Some churches do that, but not St. Vinnnie’s. And your grandmother had passed by then, so there was no dinner to go to. So your mother goes into Flanagan’s, and she’s out to here. (indicates belly)

When’s Jimmy’s birthday?

STEVIE
January.

MARGARET
Right, so she’s out to here, and in this big coat. Remember that black coat she always wore?

STEVIE
Yeah.

MARGARET
And she’s walking up and down the aisles, slipping things in the pockets – potatoes, and cans of cranberry sauce, cookies, because you guys gotta eat, right? So she gets whatever she can fit in that big coat, and comes waddling up to my register. And I know something’s up, but I can’t quite figure it out. So, I’m like, “Hey Mary, how are the kids?” And she doesn’t wanna talk obviously, she’s just trying to push through the line, “Oh, they’re good, I was just looking for something, but you don’t have it, so I’m gonna try someplace else.” And then the ham falls out of her coat. It hits the floor right between her legs. A ham. Boom.

And I swear to god, she didn’t miss a beat. She looks up, real mad, and yells, “Who threw that ham at me?!” (really laughing now)
Oh, we died. Everybody there. Ya had to laugh. “Who threw that ham at me?” She was a funny sonofabitch. Pardon my French.

STEVIE
Look, Margaret—

MARGARET
You’re too young to remember. She never told you that story?

STEVIE
(beat)
No.

MARGARET
God, she was funny. I think about her all the time. Your mother was a good lady. It’s a lesson though. You’re lucky you don’t smoke. Too young, your mother.

STEVIE
Yeah.

MARGARET
You need some new posters, Stevie. That one there is pretty corny. You should take it down.

STEVIE
I can’t. It comes with the office.

MARGARET
Well, it’s corny. And very misleading.

STEVIE
I know you don’t wanna talk about why I brought / you in here—

MARGARET
No, I know. I was late, I’m sorry.

STEVIE
It’s just, the district manager / comes in—

MARGARET
I know. It was my Joycey again. You know I can’t leave her alone when she gets outta sorts. And I pay Dot Lavey a little bit to keep an eye on her, but Dot’s not the most reliable.

STEVIE
Right, but the district manager comes down on me about it.

MARGARET
No, I know, that guy’s an ass – pardon my French, but that’s what he is.

STEVIE
Maybe, but he’s also my boss. And he looks over those punch-cards.

MARGARET
Okay.

STEVIE
No, not okay. You’re late every day. Twenty, thirty minutes. Yesterday it was almost an hour.

MARGARET
It’s not every day.

STEVIE
Pretty much it is, and that reflects badly on me. He wants to know why I can’t keep my...
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