Endangered Species
By
Jason D. Martin

Dialogue Sample
Act One - Scene Nine
(Adrian enters.  He jumps up before the crowd.  A number of the onlookers cheer.)

ADRIAN:
Blue Sea society!

(
People cheer.)

Makah!

(
Boos and hisses.)

Today I stand before you in defiance.  Defiance of a government that would allow this atrocity and in defiance of a people who
would use the color of their skin to butcher the prince of the deep!

(
Enter men dressed in a cross between traditional garb and modern clothing.  Anne follows behind with a notebook.  She takes notes
on the events.  They carry a canoe between them and long harpoons.  Both Melvin and John are among them.
)

And here they are...  The heros...

(
There are jeers from the protestors on either side of the men.  The Makah whalers try to act in a dignified way.  One of the protestors
stands in front of John.  The protestor intentionally bumps John's shoulder.  John is about to attack the man.
)

MELVIN:
John!

PROTESTOR#1:
What's wrong squaw girl?

JOHN:
Don't got time to dance with a man who takes it up the ass.

PROTESTOR#1:
(
Stands in front of John, taunting.)  You better make the time asshole.

ADRIAN:
Eric!  Let him through.

(
The protestor steps back staring intently at John.  John looks up at the crowd.)

JANELLE:
(
Yells.)  Save the whales!

(
The crowd bursts into cheers.)

JOHN:
(
His anger rising, looking right at Janelle.)  Save the cows!  (To the crowd.) Protest McDonalds!  Save the beef!

MELVIN:
John!

JOHN:
Save the cows!  Moo!  Moo cow moo!  (
He pushes the protestor.)

PROTESTOR#1:
You wanna' go?  Come on squaw girl!

JOHN:
Fuck you!  Moo!  Save the beef!

MELVIN:
Now John!

(
John obediently responds.  The natives put the canoe down, the bow facing downstage.  The  men get into the canoe and act as if they
are rowing.  The lights fade on the protestors and they freeze in their positions.  The men keep rowing.
)

CHARLIE:
Christ John, you tryin' to get us into a brawl?

JOHN:
Fucker started that shit.

MELVIN:
Gotta' play it cool John.
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