Human Resources

October 6, 2015

 

Directed by Jon Wai-keung Lowe

With Jeff Ennor, Jaime Lee Currier & Carina Lastimosa Salazar

 

Characters

CORINNE – an ambitious young woman

JANE-LYNN –  a hopeful young woman

JEDD — a very busy man

 

Location

The reception area of an office

 

 

JANE-LYNN, seated. CORINNE enters acknowledges 

JANE, and sits. JEDD enters separately wearing a gigantic 

smartwatch.

JEDD

Good morning— oh. Oh. There’s two of you.

JANE-LYNN rises and extends her hand.

CORINNE

Hi! I’m Corinne Cojuangco. I’m your 10:30, actually, but I like to be prompt.

JEDD

Great! So you must be [checks his watch] / Jane. Janel.

JANE-LYNN

Jane-lynn. Thank you for meeting me, Mr—

JEDD

CORINNE JANE-LYNN 

Not at all. That’s perfectly understandable. 

Oh, Jedd! Just call me Jedd. [To CORINNE:] Hi; Jedd. [Everyone shakes 

hands.] Good. Okay, I guess. Sorry! There’s so much to do. I prolly seem a little 

scattered.

JEDD

And I’m sorry, but “start-up,” you know. We don’t really have a conference room 

set up, so maybe we could go to the cafe downstairs. Or one person could wait 

here, while I go with the other one to the—, and then when we’re done, I’ll 

come back to get— oh, it’s already [fiddles with watch] / five after…

CORINNE

If it would save time, maybe we could do this together. 

JANE-LYNN

I’m not sure that’s the most ethical—

CORINNE

Well, I’ve got nothing to hide, and an interview is just a conversation, right?

JEDD

The intro part isn’t personal, so maybe I can do that with you both together.

CORINNE

Great! [To JANE-LYNN:] Don’t worry; it’s going to be fine. [To JEDD:] Why 

don’t you start?

JEDD

Okay. So. Well, as you can imagine, culture is a vital part of any collaboration. 

In the past, the establishment has relied on withholding information to keep 

power in the hands of what are essentially the middlemen. Where my model 

becomes disruptive is that it eliminates the gatekeeping and puts control back 

with the stakeholders.

JANE-LYNN nods thoughtfully.

CORINNE

Power to the people!

JEDD

Essentially, yeah! By returning to a more immediate relationship between the 

client and the provider, it’s a new way of doing things.

CORINNE

I totally get what you’re saying about the democratic aspect. The economy has 

become disproportionally reliant on administrative processes instead of real 

goods and services. I can tell already that we’ve got that in common. What do 

you think, Jane Ellen?

JANE-LYNN

Sorry, it’s Jane-lynn. I’m surprised that we’re talking about this kind of high-

level stuff / but of course that is what appealed to me about Rainbow—

CORINNE

Oh, maybe we’re going to fast. Sorry!

A stare-down.

JEDD

I think we can all agree, though, that a culture match serves all parties, so this 

dialogue should include some getting to know each other.

CORINNE starts to affirm, then looks to JANE-LYNN.

JANE-LYNN

Between the “stakeholders.” Of course. 

CORINNE

Totally.

JEDD

So, what do you like to do in your off-time?

JANE-LYNN

Well, it’s been my full-time, but I’m a singer and musician.

CORINNE

I sing, too! but coding is my passion.

JEDD

Cool. Music’s cool. There’s actually a lot of parallels. Would it be awkward to 

ask you—?

JANE-LYNN

Um… sure. This is my take on a kind of retro piece—

CORINNE

That’s very on trend.

JANE-LYNN

Anyway, 

[Sings:] OVER THE HILLS, FAR AWAY // 

DOTH THE CRANE SING HER LAY, 

BUT NO SPRING HAS FLOWER’D YET, 

AND THE SNOW LIES COLD AND WET; 

FAR ACROSS THE DESERT CAN YOU HEAR 

THOUSANDS OF VOICES SIGHING CLEAR… 

CORINNE

Oh, I love Puccini!

[Sings:] MA L’APRIL NON RI FIORI 

MA LA NEVE NON SGELÒ 

DAL DESERTO AL MAR NON ODI TU 

MILLE VOCE SOSPIRAR! 

JANE-LYNN pulls out a ukulele and sings louder. 

CORINNE seems to stomp away then turns and cartwheels 

back, landing in the splits. JANE-LYNN stops playing 

immediately. JEDD applauds, dumbfounded. 

JANE-LYNN

Wow. I am really not comfortable with this dynamic. You talk about a new 

transparency and some bullshit, but I just see another man pitting women 

against each other, competing for his sperm.

CORINNE

WHOA! Sperm?? What kind of job is this?

JANE-LYNN

Stick around. I’m sure that’s what he’ll ask for next. [mimes]

JEDD

Oh, god. Oh, god. I think there’s been / a misunderstanding. [fumbles with his 

smartwatch]

JANE-LYNN

Sorry I don’t seem to “culture match” / with a male-dominated paradigm that 

pays lips service to progressive values while—

CORINNE

Hey, I didn’t graduate top of my bootcamp as a full-stack developer to become a 

fucking secretary in some Mad Men fantasy of—

JEDD

Ladies! People! Please! [To JANE-LYNNE:] I’m gay, okay? [To CORINNE:] We 

have a 10:30 appointment about the job as a back-end developer for this start-

up. [To JANE-LYNNE:] We’re supposed to meet at 10am because Rainbow 

Conscious Procreatives matched us as a potential donor and mother. I put both 

appointments in my calendar app, but this watch doesn’t have room to display 

all the details.

CORINNE

So this start-up is legitimately about leveraging local networks to process small 

parcels of information as the precursor to aggregation as big data?

JANE-LYNN

And you’re genuinely invested in conscientious contribution to women’s 

freedom to bear children? 

JEDD

Yes and yes! There’s no competition because you’re here for different things. 

This mixup is all because I had a very limited amount of time and tried to do 

everything in one locale. Please, let’s sort this out.

JANE-LYNN

[To CORINNE:] My music is my job, and it sounds like the tech stuff could be 

real.

CORINNE

[To JANE-LYNN:] I don’t even like kids, but your baby would have really good 

hair.

JANE-LYNN

And I kinda want / to see the watch…

CORINNE

To see the watch!

END OF PLAY

 

 

 

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