Human Resources


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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