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Play: You're a Commodity
by Jose F. Helu Jr.

You're a Commodity
satire by Jose F. Helu Jr.
minimum cast: 4: 0m, 0f, 4 either sex
7 minutes, 1 act

development stage: Available for production

Plot summary

This is a skit written for the six-line prompt "You're a Commodity", which I am using to test the idea of remotely creating track-by-track recordings of plays.

In this skit a patient comes to see a doctor who, for lack of time, diagnoses the patient before seeing him or her. A medical student tagging along helps the doctor come to a better conclusion. However, things are not quite what they seem, and when arranging for payment with the receptionist, the patient gets the last laugh.

Stage settings

A doctor's exam room on one side of the stage, attached (via a doorway) to a hall and the receptionist window on the other side of the stage.

Acting roles

  • DoctorM/F: 30-60, Inept as a physician
  • StudentM/F: 30-60, Medical student, seems to know more than the doctor
  • PatientM/F: 30-60, ... complaining of chest pains
  • ReceptionistM/F: 30-60, Just going with the flow
    only appears at end of skit
You're a Commodity
satire by Jose F. Helu Jr.
minimum cast: 4: 0m, 0f, 4 either sex
7 minutes, 1 act

development stage: Available for production
Downloads (hover to see file size)
  • Reading audio
  • Music audio (no files)
  • Sound effects audio (no files)
  • Visuals (no files)
  • Scripts, scores, librettos
    • script: YAC.odt
      original format
    • script: YAC.doc
      converted to old Word format
Credits, comments, and other info about the downloads:

Notes for the audio file "full skit: Youre_A_Commodity_v3_complete.mp3":

This recording was generated during the Covid19 pandemic by the Archipelago Virtual Theater. Individual performers voiced their parts separately, offline, and the tracks were edited together into a single performance. The process was iterated three times, ultimately allowing the actors to respond to cues from the other actors who were themselves responding to what other actors were saying.

Cast, in order of appearance:

  • Doctor: Phillip Cook
  • Patient: Estelle Bajou
  • Student: Aaron Kaplan
  • Receptionist: Jen Gantwerker
  • Narrated by Tammy Strom

Direction and editing by José Helú

Copyright © 2020 José F. Helú Jr.