9. May old acquaintance be forgot…

ASTRID: I don’t think they heard me. It’s open! Come in! It’s open! ESPERANZA: It’s open! GILLIAN: No way. Hey! Veronique! VERONIQUE: Gillian? MAVIS: No… oh no… Veronique… VERONIQUE: Mavis. TARAH: Mavis? You’re that Mavis? VERONIQUE: Oh yes, she’s that Mavis. And that explains why the media and police are crawling the area. So, Dan finally slip up…

8. Esperanza’s Studio

MAVIS: How much longer? I don’t mean to rush, but I’ve been trying to reach Dan all day and its not like him not to call me back. I’m worried. ESPERANZA: We still need to finish the bottom of the skirt and the pants. Did you decide on which boots? GILLIAN: I think so. Jacket…

7. The Cafe gets an upgrade

DAWNIKA: Thank you! We’re closing it out with an old standard by request! Elizabeth, bring it home, girl. ELIZABETH: Always great to work with you Dawn. No one, and I mean no one, sings the blues like you do. DAWNIKA: Only ’cause I lived it; only ’cause I lived it… Them that’s got shall get;…

6. Merri Terri has a birthday for two… four?

CLANCY: Thank you! Thank you! We’ve had a great time playing for ya’ll! Congratulations, again, to Margeaux for having the guts to take on such an ambitious venture as Back Talk Cafe! Thank you for inviting us to play for your ground breaking! MARGEAUX: Thank you for bringing your music! DAWNIKA (whispers): I was just…

5. Lee learns of her family

AUDREY: You’ve been very quiet; everything okay? LEE: Yes, I think so. They found my family. AUDREY: Oh, Lee! LEE: No, not exactly. They all died in the tsunami, but a package was found. AUDREY: I’m so sorry Lee… LEE: I’m okay, but I am understandably eager to know what is inside. It’s in a locker…

4. Miranda gets a hot story lead

MIRANDA: Hey! Can someone take me to the airport! CAM: Miranda! Over here! MIRANDA: Oh, Cam! Glad you’re here. Can you take me to the airport? CAM: Can’t leave right now; I promised Margeaux I’d stay till everyone left. You okay? DEBORAH “STRIDER”: I can take you. MIRANDA: Thank you! A friend of a friend of…

3. “I will dance in Barranquilla”

VALENTINA: That’s why I was so happy to receive the invitation to the Cafe, to dance! And next year, I am determined to return home to dance for Carnival! PAAN: Where is home, did you say? VALENTINA: Barranquilla. Colombia, in the north. The Carnival there was famous, almost as famous, more famous than Rio. But then,…

2. But do we have to wear these box clothes?

AINA: Excuse me, but I thought we were going to get our own custom clothes as part of our Cafe membership? I don’t mean to be pushy, but… MARGEAUX: Um, only a few of us know each other, so, well, that’s the idea, um, I don’t — ESPERANZA: Margeaux? Maybe I can help. My name is Esperanza….

1. Out-of-the-Boxes Cafe Celebration

Walls are going up, floor is almost finished. They simply would not stay quietly cooped in their cardboard and plastic boxes for another second, so decided this is as good a time as any to start the reel. MARGEAUX: Hi, I’m Margeaux. I’m proprietor of this crazy idea called the “Backtalk Cafe.” As majority owner, I wouldn’t be opening…

ii. Storage for dolls, maybe?

Oh look! The old file box holds quite a few 11-1/2″ dolls with room to spare for a couple of home-made cafe tables. If those girls could actually talk, wonder what they would have to say about current events… or anything. What, I wonder, would their lives be like… Would they have the same problems the rest…

i. What to do with a cool old file box?

With all the old files tossed out of it, there was really no reason to keep this cool old roller file box, and yet… who says it has to be relegated for file folders the rest of its existence? But what other kind of box could it possibly be, if not a file box?