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Episode 11 - The Set Up


                   

INT.  RUBY’S OFFICE

RUBY
(on phone to magazine editor, being very charming and flirty.  Edward storms in.) Why, Eric, of course I will take time to chat with you.  We could discuss the upcoming Dramaticus season over a lovely Beaujolais perhaps?

EDWARD
Ruby, I need to speak with you right now.  (Ruby crossly indicates for him to be quiet).

RUBY
(giggling)  Now, now Eric.  You know I am a married woman.

EDWARD
Now!

RUBY
(heaving a big sigh)  I’m sorry Eric, but I really have to go.  I have another editor to charm on the other line...You know I am only devoted to you Eric, but I do have to throw the others some crumbs (laughs).  I think we can continue this tomorrow at the launch.  See you then...Yes, I shall put aside our best vintage just for you. ‘Bye.  (hangs up the phone)  Edward that was rude.  I was on the phone to Eric Masterson at Theatretalk magazine. 

EDWARD
I don’t care who that was.  You are my wife, so I come first.  Why were you flirting with him anyway?  And right in front of me!

RUBY
You are the one who stormed in without knocking.  Besides, flirting is how things get done and you know it.

EDWARD
If you think I am going to stand by while my wife sleeps with every editor in town, we are shutting Dramaticus down right now!

RUBY
Oh, but it’s alright for you to sleep with every actress you meet!


EDWARD
You have no proof of that.

RUBY
Are you serious, Ed?  Everybody knows you are doing it.  Do you understand how embarrassing it is for me every time I come face to face with one of your little floosies and know that everyone else in the room knows it too.  You are not exactly discreet about it.

EDWARD
I did not come here to discuss this.  Just be aware that I will not tolerate being cuckolded.

RUBY
So what is it you did storm in here to demand?

EDWARD
I am here to talk about the launch.  It is ridiculous for you to expect Flora and I to perform completely unsupported this way.

RUBY
You agreed that this was the best solution.  I have given you full creative control over choice of songs, choreography and costuming.  What more could you want?

EDWARD
By complete control you mean we have to do all the work ourselves with no help.

RUBY
You and Flora were the ones who refused to be part of the organised production.  You didn’t think the songs were suitable for your ‘eminence’ in the field, and Flora wouldn’t even attend rehearsals to be directed by Michael.  Flora is the one who kept sending back her costume to be changed.  As a result, I gave you full control over all of those aspects and now you are complaining.  What exactly is it you want me to do?

EDWARD
(a gleam of victory in his eyes)  You are right, Rube.  You have given us what we wanted, and I am fine with it.  It is just a bit of a challenge for Flora, with her youth and inexperience.

RUBY
Yes, but she is working with her father.  She listens to you and trusts you.  She knows you wouldn’t do anything to make her look silly or ‘fall on her face’.

EDWARD
You are right, as usual.  (gives her a hug and kiss).  It is moments like this I truly believe you love Flora as much as I do.

RUBY
You know I do Eddy.


END.

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