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Protest

written by: Gary Beck

 

Two young, middle-class, white women are on their way to a demonstration against impurities in lipstick.

Liz:           “I can hear a commotion around the corner. That must be it.”

Sandy:    “It’s very noisy. I wonder why they’re so excited.”

Liz:           “Well it's about time that someone got angry at the junk they put in our make-up.”
(They reach the corner and see a demonstration about immigration.)

Sandy:    “Look, Liz. it’s about immigrants, not lipstick.”

Liz:           “Immigrants are important. We need people to do our nails and stuff. As long as they don’t move in next door to me.”

Sandy:    “You don’t have to worry about that. They couldn’t afford the rent in your building.”

Liz:           “That’s not the point. I wouldn’t mind a French or Swedish person next door. Just not those Mexicans who talk so fast you can’t understand them.”

Sandy:    “That’s how you might sound to them.”

Liz:           “Don’t be silly. I speak English.”

Sandy:    “I see there’s no point in discussing it with you. Do you want to join this demonstration?”

Liz:           “Of course not! I’m no immigrant. Let’s go someplace nice for lunch.”

Gary Beck

Gary Beck

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. He has 14 published chapbooks. His poetry collections include Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press), Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings and The Remission of Order (Winter Goose Publishing), Conditioned Response (Nazar Look), Virtual Living (Thurston Howl Publications), Blossoms of Decay, Expectations and Blunt Force (Wordcatcher Publishing). His novels include Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor and Crumbling Ramparts (Gnome on Pig Productions), Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). Acts of Defiance, Flare Up and Still Defiant will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. His short story collections include A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications), Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing) and Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories (Wordcatcher Publishing), The Republic of Dreams and other essays (Gnome on Pig Productions). Feast or Famine and other one act-plays will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of magazines. He lives in New York City.
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