DNC Chairman: Scene I:

DNC CHAIRMAN
by
Marc Ginsburg

FADE IN:
INT – INSIDE A THEATER WASHINGTON, D.C. NIGHT
CAPTION: JANUARY 2006, WASHINGTON, D.C.

PEOPLE are watching a play, Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The
lighting is low with the light coming somewhere from the
side, slightly towards the back. The VOICES of the ACTORS
can be heard in the background.

FIRST CLOWN ACTOR (o.s.)
(from distance)
…argal, he that is not guilty of
his own death shortens not his own
life.

MIKE GREENBAUM, an early 40s looking slightly slim, youthful
but serious looking professional, and his date, ALICE, a
younger attractive, thin, blond, are there.

SECOND CLOWN ACTOR (o.s.)
(from distance)
But is this law?

MIKE and ALICE both are dressed in professional attire,
MIKE’S clothes looking more disheveled, hers with a lot more
care plus sense of wanting to look nice for the date.

FIRST CLOWN ACTOR (o.s.)
(from distance)
Ay, marry, is’t; crowner’s quest
law.

MIKE starts looking more and more disoriented. He turns to
ALICE and whispers.

MIKE
Do you have any candy?

ALICE looks a mixture of annoyed and concerned and whispers
back.

ALICE
You forgot again?
(She searches her clothes and bag.)
I’ve got gum.

MIKE
Sugarless?

ALICE
Yeah…I’m sorry.

MIKE
You don’t need to diet.

ALICE
(smiling shyly)
Can you make it to the snack bar
without passing out of insulin
shock?

FIRST CLOWN ACTOR (o.s.)
(from distance)
…and the more pity that great
folk should have countenance in
this world to drown or hang
themselves..

Mike quickly gets up and moves uncomfortably through the
aisle, saying “excuse me” several times to people as he
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