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Hold Please - Full Length Play

Hold Please

Annie Weisman

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No men are onstage, but their presence is felt everywhere in this offi…

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No men are onstage, but their presence is felt everywhere in this office comedy for the new millennium. Two generations of women, career secretaries in their forties and entry-level assistants in their twenties, gather in the break room for a Heart Talk—an emotional tribunal designed to record and report evidence of sexual harassment. Leading the charge is Agatha, a bitter old secretary determined to bring the badly behaving bosses to justice and to institute a purely professional environment. As soon as the meeting breaks up, however, we learn that one of the young assistants, Erika, is carrying on an affair with Solomon, the oldest and most revered of the bosses. Soon, the Heart Talks have a measurable effect. Xavier, one of the partners, gets dismissed for sexual harassment. Only Erika knows that he has been wrongly targeted. Agatha and her fellow longtime secretary Grace enjoy a certain pride in their ability to affect change in the company. They seem to have an ally in Jessica, the other young secretary, who gets a little drunk on their new-found power, using it to manipulate her loser boyfriend and relishing in her ability to navigate the new phone and computer systems that befuddle the older women, Erika is abruptly dumped by Solomon, just as she discovers that she is pregnant. When the new boss arrives, everyone is surprised to learn that she is a young woman, younger than all of them. She immediately institutes an efficiency contest. Whoever can demonstrate the most alacrity at their job, wins. But what will happen to the rest of them? Erika has to decide to stay or go; Jessica has to prove her mettle; and there is a suggestion that Solomon may have had affairs before, even with Grace. When Agatha gets the change she was after, will it turn out to be better or worse?
"Scathingly funny." —NY Daily News. "A savage comedy about four secretaries about to be downsized." —NY Post.




Annie Weisman

Annie Weisman is a Los Angeles-based playwright whose play Hold Please was produced by the Working Theatre in New York in February 2003, after premiering at South Coast Rep in September 2001. Her play Be Aggressive premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in July 2001, and went on to productions at Dallas Theatre Center, Chicago's Rivenden Theatre, Austin's State Theatre, and others. Be Aggressive is ... view full profile

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