The Stage Manager is C.S. with his back to the audience. He is washing his hands in a pantomime sink in front of him. He finishes and begins drying his hands.
This is the Kitchen of Avery Sampson. He/she is currently living in a company apartment and working in customer service. He/She hopes; as millions do, this is only a small rung on his/her career ladder. He/She usually showers at night, in th elittle bathroom down the hall here(indicates). He owns one towel. Work starts at 1:30 for Avery and it takes him/her about five minutes to walk to work. He/She is “somewhat untidy” by his/her own standards, which he/she is aware translates to “abhorrently messy” to anyone who is remotely hygienic. At this precise moment he/she is in his/her room distracted with video games. His/Her current roommate owns all of the cleaning supplies in the house at this time, such as the mop and bucket over there (indicates), and the bottle of cleaner under the sink. His/Her roommate is obsesively tidy by anyone’s standards, and has been trying to get get Avery to clean more. This roommate usually gets home at 1:20, usually on the dot, though Justin does not know this. (The S.M. points towards the sink) This, by the way is their sink. Avery turned it on at aobut 12:45 so he/she could soak the dishes before washing them to make the roommate happy with him/her. If you can see the time on the microwave, it says it is about 1:23. ( a beat) The puddle does not effect me currently, as I am not yet in character. One moment.
The S.M. Steps offstage.
Sound of video game from other room.
Sudden stop of video game noises.
Avery runs onstage. Once he gets to the edge of the puddle he slows down and steps with a reasonable amount of caution to the sink. He turns off the sink, and then unplugs the drain in the bottom. He then turns his head to look at the puddle, a sigh. He turns the rest of the way around and sees the rest of the puddle, a groan. He grabs a hand towel and starts drying the puddle. A beat. He looks at the clock.
He begins sopping the puddle up faster, as he is putting the towel back down to wipe up again he hesitates with a new fear. He looks at the microwave clock again. A beat.)
No… He gets home later. Yes, later.
Goes back to wiping the floor. It seems hopeless.
Suddenly, offstage we hear the sound of someone whistling as though they are done with a day’s work and looking forward to relaxing in a clean house.
He looks around, sees th mop. A plan has started to form. He runst to the counter under the sink, and grabs a bottle of cleaner. He then sprays the floor with some cleaner, grabs the mop, and begins mopping up the floor. Enter ROOMMATE.
He there roomy! (He starts heading to the bathroom on the other side of the kitchen, notices the floor and the mop in AVERY’s hand) Oh! Hey, don’t mind me, I’ll just slip trough here quick. (He tip toes lightly across the floor) It’s so hot out there! I’ll have to take a shower. Been sweatin’ like crazy.
Yeah… real hot isn’t it.
See ya after work. Thanks for cleaning. I told you (Smiles) You can be clean if you really try. Thanks for putting in the extra effort there roomy, I really appreciate it.
Yeah… ummm… yeah I’ll see you after work.
AVERY finishes moping and then leaves.