The Cell Phone Smasher 

The Cell Phone Smasher is a semi-comedic, semi-violently emotion driven human drama about a high school teacher who feels trapped in a job far from what he wants to do who therefore has little to no tolerance for his student’s difficulties following the curriculum he himself doesn’t even like. He rants constantly about the annoyances and painful nature of the internet and cell phones to the point where one day he cries out to his class, “I fuckin resign” and flings his cell phone to the back of the room at a virulently fast speed which makes it smash loudly and violently, shocking everyone but bringing the first expression of relief to his face visible the entire movie. He notices one of the braver students intent into his phone, whereupon he grabs the phone and hurls it likewise, smashing it to loud, violent bits.
                         STUDENT 
                  (startled, violently 
                   angry)
            Hey! What the fuck you
            doing!?!
                          TEACHER 
                   (relieved, angry)
             Forcing you to cold turkey
             your addiction and learn
             to communicate in real
             time. You can’t fuckin get 
             a job that pays the bills
             the bills that way.
Pause as student fidgets and disses while everyone else looks on, frightened by the sudden outburst.
                           TEACHER
                    (calmer but very firm)
              But, worst of all, it’s 
              extremely rude to check
              out of a class, which 
              happens, young man, to
              be your education, by
              burying your head in the
              internet. From now on, and
              always in this class, you
              will all always be entirely
              present from start to finish.
              Is that clear?
Several students make hip hop dance moves of sarcastic derision with their
turning, rolling heads and arms and hands.
                            TEACHER
              No absolutely not! Now,
              let me ask it again. You are
              to completely be off your
              phones from start to finish. 
              A class is the place to 
              learn about real life. Now,
              without rolling your heads…
                      (much louder)
              You got that!!?
INT – COURTROOM  DAY
Teacher is on the witness stand.
                             TEACHER
               The cell phone is only
               piece of dead machinery 
               that feels nothing and 
               can’t be injured, and whose
               life span is so short before 
               the young consumer is
               talked into trading it in for 
               a supposedly new and 
               improved model that it is
               worth as much as a kernal
               of popcorn on the floor of
               a movie theater. 
                        (very slight pause)
               But a young human life….
               That is something you 
               cannot mess with. That is
               the soul of this world which 
               you must labor with love
               to take care of even at risk
               of your freedom if the world
               is obstinate with its bullshit
               and gets in the way. And 
               with teenagers who are so
               swayable by greedy, 
               materialistic old men, and 
               don’t have a clue about the
               true value of their life – theirs 
               or anyone else’s – that love
               often must be tough love.

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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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