On Our Shelves Now
Cast: Up to 2m., 2 to 5w., 9 to 14 either gender.
The last time we saw Sarah, she was the young hero of "Paper or Plastic?." There, Sarah was trying her best as a new employee at Puritan Foods, a grocery store with more than a cart full of crazy customers and fellow employees. In "Paper or Plastic: The Ice Storm," Sarah is back, but this time she is hastily given—maybe tricked into?—the job of assistant manager. Sarah is happy about the new promotion until she realizes that with great power comes even more grocery store insanity. Did we mention there's an ice storm coming?! When the assistant manager suddenly leaves ahead of the bad weather, Sarah is left to deal with stubborn customers who just want to stand at a register and read a magazine. Then there are unruly kids running around the store throwing cereal and climbing on top of shelves. That's nothing compared to the strike organized by the baggers and a mysterious figure known as "El Diablo." Sarah tries to stay awake throughout the ordeal—Puritan Foods is open 24/7 of course—while also trying to smooth over the toughest obstacle of all, the cane-wielding head of Skybell Ice Cream.
Will the striking baggers get a raise or just a bunch of bananas? Will there be anything left on the shelves? Will Sarah survive? The answers and laughs are in the forecast of "Paper or Plastic: The Ice Storm."
Simple set. Approximate Running Time: 40 minutes.
About the Author
Werner Trieschmann is a writer, director and theatre instructor. He was writer and director for the world premiere production of Mozart: Revealed and Schubert: Revealed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Fort Wayne, Ind. His numerous plays have been produced across the United States, Canada and, most recently, England, Australia and Japan. His plays including Failing the Improv, You Have to Serve Somebody and Disfarmer have been staged by Moving Arts in Los Angeles, Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, The New Theatre in Boston, Mobtown Players in Baltimore and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock. His full-length comedy, You Have to Serve Somebody, is published by Dramatic Publishing, and his plays Failing the Improv and It's Not You, It's You are published by Playscripts. His monologues have appeared in The Best Women's Stage Monologues 1999 and Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s, published by Smith & Kraus. In 2013, Trieschmann was awarded an Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in Literary Arts: Playwriting. His play Lawn Dart won first prize in the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans New Play Competition. He was the first playwright to receive the Porter Prize, an Arkansas literary award recognizing outstanding achievement by an Arkansas writer. He has an MFA in playwriting from Boston University. He is married and has two young boys, who are wilder than wild.