A jeweler is in his shop, he is on the phone.JEWELER
(On the phone)
This is a real job, how can you say that. Mum, we have gone through this before. I'm a jeweler mum, an artist, OK. I know, I know.
Michael enters the shop; he is carrying a large painting, a shopping bag and a large roll of paper. He starts looking at the jewelry in the shop.
Look I am trying to do what makes me happy, can't you understand...
Jeweler lowers his voice conscious of Michael's presence.
I don't want to come and work for Dad. It's got nothing to do with that; I just don't want to be an accountant, that's... Look a good income isn't the be all and end all of... I got to go, now mum, I've got a customer. Yes a customer. I hope he does too. Yes Mum. Yes. Look I've... Yes mum. And I, well that to you too. What? Mum. OK I love you too mum. OK bye mum.
Jeweler hangs up phone.
Sorry about that, can I help you?MICHAEL
Wow, this is great, really great, so you made all this of this stuff eh?JEWELER
Yeah most of it, some of it is...MICHAEL
All by you self then?JEWELER
Yeah like I was saying some of it I buy from...MICHAEL
Fantastic, really fantastic, so you must be an artist then.JEWELER
Well yes actually, but this stuff is more my bread and butter the stuff I love to...MICHAEL
So this is art then?JEWELER
Art, A, R, T, art.JEWELER
Why yes it is, thank you for noticing.MICHAEL
You are well on the way to Mecca then,JEWELER
On your pilgrimage, your journey to the soul.JEWELER
Look are being sarcastic, cos I don't appreciate...MICHAEL
So beautifully crafted, such attention to detail. really amazing stuff. Gee you must be really satisfied, being an artist, creating such, such... wonderful creations. I bet you feel like you have found your place in life, spiritually at peace. I actually really admire that. You are really being true to yourself. Must be wonderful.JEWELER
Well, yes and no. I'd be happier if I sold a bit more; things are a bit tight, what with overheads and all. Do you like that piece?MICHAEL
So it's a bit of a struggle then eh?JEWELER
Yeah, what with rent, cost of materials, not mention the competition from the big jewelry shop chains, labour of love really.MICHAEL
Oh that's just perfect!JEWELER
Struggling, it must provide a source of inspiration, put the fire in your belly, keep you sharp. Adversity reveals truth, see a, r, t. Art is the key, it unlocks the secret of life, the universe and everything.JEWELER
OKMICHAEL Michael pulls out his organizer
Yes, yes, the meaning is hidden in the word it self, like a magic mantra that opens the, the... the doors of perception, yes, like a puzzle.
I'll show you; A -Assets, R- Repress, T -Thought. See that's me.JEWELER
Yes and, A -Adversity, R-reveals, T -Truth. That's you, get it?JEWELER
No, not really, look are you mentally ill?MICHAEL
Michael puts his organizer away.
Quite the contrary, I have never felt more alive.
Believe me, money, its, it's a burden, yes a load to carry, a distraction from the really important things, but you are free of all that aren't you? Gee I'd like some relief from the burden of affluence. Like, look at that beautiful ring, it represents your expression of freedom.JEWELER
I can knock 20% off that ring if you like; things have been a bit slow.MICHAEL
I often wished I pursued a more artistic life path, dabbling with paint maybe.
Michael holds up the painting.
Yes... breaking away from the mainstream, embracing the bohemian lifestyle, moving into a warehouse, listening to jazz, drinking cheap wine and having philosophical conversations into the early hours of the morning.JEWELER
How about 30% off?MICHAEL
Or maybe writing a best seller, living in some run down shack on a windswept coastline... perfect solitude.JEWELER
Look 40% is really the best I can do; I have to cover costs.MICHAEL
I make an absolute fortune, more money than I know what to do with really, but it's not rewarding, not like what you must experience. No you really have it made.JEWELER
Look are you going to buy anything or not. Sorry. Look I didn't mean to be so short, it's just that I have got to make my rent, the bastards have upped it again, it's crippling me.MICHAEL
Rent, now there's a coincidence, I'm a real estate agent maybe I can help. There is a bit of an art to my profession, but it's not really the same thing is it, not what we are talking about here.JEWELER
Isn't it, what are you talking about anyway?MICHAEL
I understand why I have come in here today; gee the universe works in mysterious ways doesn't it?JEWELER
Yes it sure does, we are here to help each other.JEWELER
Yes though our transitions, me into my artistic era and you into a more affordable shop. I will be a patron of the arts. I'll just call my colleague, he handles all the commercial properties in this area, we'll find you a cheaper shop in no time.JEWELER
I not sure that...MICHAEL
Michael removes his mobile phone and starts dialing. He turns and walks around the shop as he does it.
Oh no problem, I'll give him a call.
Eddie enters the shop and walks straight up to the jeweler and produces a paper bag, he empties it on the counter a selection of jewelry falls out, he doesn't notice Michael in the corner of the shop with his back turned.
Look now it's not a good time, I really can't take anymore, things are getting hairy.
Come on ring boy, it's a steal, you'll make a killing
Eddie's mobile starts to ring he removes it and answers it.
Eddie, it's me Michael, wow it's a good signal, you sound so clear.
Eddie, hearing Michael's voice, turns around and sees Michael standing in the corner
What the fuck?
Michael still has his back turned to Eddie.
Look I'm with this jeweler and he's looking for a cheaper shop, told him you could help out, I was hoping you could come down...
Eddie swiftly walks over to Michael and spins him around
Gee that was quick, I didn't even tell you the address.
This guy is your partner? You are a real estate agent? Well, well, I'll be damned.
Your fucking mouth is really becoming a liability ya know.
Shane walks into the shop, wearing a bad suit, he doesn't notice Eddie with Michael in the corner, he goes straight to the counter and pulls a piece of chewing gum from out of his mouth and sticks it under the counter. The jeweler sees, he does not look impressed.JEWELER
Can I help you, sir?SHANE
Yeah can I look at that diamond ring, that really big one?Jeweler gives Shane a look of suspicion as he passes him the ring. Shane then sticks it under the counter into the gum. JEWELER (To Shane)
Hey, what the fuck are you doing?SHANE
I dropped it on the floor somewhere...JEWELER
You can't do that.
The Jeweler jumps the counter and grabs Shane; Eddie turns around and sees Shane.EDDIE
You, I know you, you're that little prick that vandalized my car.
Eddie rushes over to Shane.JEWELER
You know this guy as well, you really get about don't you, got your fingers in a few different pies.SHANE
Don't let him touch me, he's a fuckin nutter.EDDIE Eddie grabs Shane, he starts to strangle him
Shut up you fucking worm.JEWELER
Steady on tiger, you're gunna kill himJeweler grabs Eddie, Eddie pushes him away
Back off cunt, before I tear you a new arse holeJEWELER
I hate real estate agents.
Jeweler pushes Eddie back they start to fight, Eddie is still holding Shane by the neck, who is choking.
Eddie Shane and the Jeweler freeze in mid fight, lights dim on them and a spotlight appears over Michael.
(Addressing the audience)
Michael starts to undress.
You know what the weird thing is about self-realization, once you have it you can never go back. If you have been living your life a certain way then one day it all hits you, that you are actually on the wrong path, you can't just simply go back to the way you were. Even if you thought you were happy then. No, you have to change, or it will destroy you. It's scary but it just has to be done, break out of the comfort zone. I wise man once said ‘change is the only constant in the universe.'
Michael is now nearly naked, holding his suit.
I realize now that there is a lot more to me than this suit, (throws the suit away) the model of car that I drive, the suburb I live in. There is a lot more to me than my profession. There is a lot more to all of us. (Starts unrolling the paper on the floor). It's like when people ask us what we do, we inevitably say, I'm a real estate agent, or a banker, or a drug dealer, or whatever. Just think about that for a moment. I am a, then insert job name. We are so much more than that, we are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, lovers and fighters, philosophers and explorers. (Removes a large bottle of acrylic paint from his shopping bag) We doodle while on the phone, so, we are artists, we sing in the shower so we are musicians, we jump around the house with the radio on when we are alone, so we are dancers.
(Pours the paint all over his naked body, rubbing it all over). Ask a group of preschool kids who can sing, they we all put up the hand, ask who can dance, same again, draw, act, laugh, all put up their hands. Ask the same group of people at forty and you may get one for singing, another for dancing, what happened. (Lies down on the paper, making a body print) Society, that's what happened. So people embrace your individuality and don't be afraid to express yourself. (Holds up the body painting). Lights fade to black.
Torch lights flash across the stage, picking up Eddie dragging a body wrapped in carpet and a shovel, his phone rings, he answers it.EDDIE
Arh it's you your Honor, I am actually just at the site now, checking over the foundations, they are pouring the concrete tomorrow and I just wanted to make sure that everything is being done right.
Yes well I like to make sure there are no short cuts being taken, there are some real shoddy players around, right criminals. (Empties the rest of the bag on the body) Look I have almost finished up here, I'll come right round with the plans and the paper work, we can sign you up today.
Postpone, no you don't want to do that...
You know what kids are like, I'm sure your son will turn up soon, I strongly advise you sign today, there is another two buyers interested...
Not a problem, I'll call you tomorrow, sleep on it, you don't want to make any hasty decisions, I'll hold it for you.
Eddie hangs up his phone.
Eddie starts shoveling dirt onto the body.
Makes me sick, stuck up, ski jump nose, Chardonnay sipping, delicate creatures of affluence.
Lights fade to black.