Protest, one act play written by Gary Beck at
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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 and worked as an art dealer when he couldn't earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. 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 literary magazines and his published books include 26 poetry collections, 10 novels, 3 short story collections, 1 collection of essays and 1 collection of his one-act plays. 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). The Big Match and other one act plays (Wordcatcher Publishing). Forthcoming: Collected Plays of Gary Beck Volume 1 and Four Plays by Moliere - (Translated and Directed by Gary Beck). Plays of Aristophanes will be published by Cyberwit Publishing. Gary lives in New York City.
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