Carol’s cramped and cluttered Literary Manager’s office at an established theater on Theatre Row, New York City
Scripts are stacked on the desk and floor. File cabinets and bookshelves line the walls along with theater posters and memorabilia. There’s one small window. The room has the feel of a non-nonsense, active place where a lot of work gets done on a daily basis.
Scene I-1: Carol Fixes Richard’s Messy Format
(CAROL is sitting at her computer. She is mumbling to herself as
RICHARD enters, quietly)
[Alternate for External Directions]
CAROL is sitting at her computer. She is mumbling to herself as
RICHARD enters, quietly
How’s it going, Carol? You don’t sound so good.
No, I’m not. I’ve been messing with Word, but haven’t figured out how to get it to work for formatting a play script.
Yeah, Billionaire Bill and his guys don’t make it easy to make plays, right?
I know it’s weird for me to offer, but maybe I could give it a try on a script -- sort of a "shake-down cruise". Might even help us get our conflicts ... resolved...
(RICHARD takes the mouse from Carol and pokes around for a few seconds)
It’s these format styles you want, right? Character, --
(CAROL points to the computer screen)
(Reading from the screen)
-- Dialog, scene heading, end, title, contact info, internal and external stage directions, action ...
Hey, you can finish my sentences. Powerful stuff. Speaking of action: will this get us back together and on track?
(CAROL doesn’t take the bait)
So, you’re not into ... action?
Richard, stop it! You need me ... you need to get this done!
It’s pretty much finished ... You’ll need to add parentheses around stage directions, check when a line is continued, make sure that pages don’t run over. Don't forget to change the triple dots for a pause -- under "Tools", "AutoCorrect". Change to three periods instead of the Microsoft little dots.
(Saves the file onto a flash drive)
If you’ll only pay attention and use it! Hope it’s all there when you try to use it!
I bet you’ve got it all taken care of.
Right. So you can play around with it! But use it and ... stick to the standard format, please? Instead of screwing around trying to change everything to suit your weird perspective on artistic freedom. Okay?
Yep. Scout's honor.
Now, Richard, get out of here and go write a play that will make some money for both of us!