Odds Are

Fade up on two tables in La Russo’s restaurant at opposite ends of the stage.  The action of this show takes place primarily at two different tables at La Russo’s restaurant, over the course of several weeks.  James’s scenes take place at one table while Molly’s scenes take place at the other.  Lights should only be up on the table where the action is occurring, the other table should remain in the dark. Enter James and Molly at the same time, each takes a seat at their respective tables.  Lights down on Molly’s side as James’s first date Lisa enters. 

James: Lisa.

Lisa sees him and approaches the table.  She is very much a businesswoman and carries three cellular phones, though none of them are visible from the get go. 

Lisa: Hello.

James: Where are my manners? (He pulls out her chair for her)  You look great.

Lisa: Thank you.  You look nice, too.  That’s a nice… belt.

James: Thanks.  It does a great job of holding up my pants.

There is a moment of awkward silence before both parties start looking at their menus.

James: So, Elizabeth tells me that you’re in advertising?

Trying to be polite.

Lisa: Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that.

James: I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to-

Lisa: James, relax.  It’s okay, you didn’t know any better.  I’m actually the regional VP in charge of marketing and distribution for Child Chokers, the nations 4th largest manufacturer of leashes for toddlers.

James: Wow that’s quite a title. Very impressive.  So what is it you do for Child Chokers?

Lisa: I’m mainly in charge of advertising for the company.