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 Let's peek in on the crew at Shear Delight during a scene from Act 1.

INTERIOR: SHEAR DELIGHT BEAUTY SALON: DAY- SAN PEDRO, CALIFORNIA AROUND1965

 

The shop is modest. There is a tiny receptionist’s desk, which is to the right of the door. Five chairs line the wall. At the back of the shop are two shampoo basins.

 

CARMEN GONZALES (25), shampoo specialist, stops sweeping. She is short, stocky and always has a worried look, even when she smiles. She wears a pink smock over a black-T and black levis. Cassie flops into her chair panting from racing Madeline.

 

 

CARMEN:

Adios, mi hija. When you go to get married?

 

 

Cassie pulls off her ski hat. Dark-brown hair falls around her shoulders framing her beautiful face. She stands to take off her pea-coat revealing a shapely figure. She throws her coat over a hook by the front door.

 

  CASSIE:

Carmen, you know I have to go to art school first. I’m too young for such a big commitment.

 

The door opens and the bell lightly chimes. FREDDY ROSS (24) walks in. He is wearing levis and a long sleeved plaid shirt. His hair is sandy brown, curly, long-ish and a little messy in a good way.

 

FREDDY:

Hi, Cassie.

 

CASSIE:

Hi, Freddy.

 

FREDDY:

Are we on for dinner tonight?

 

CASSIE:

Sure.

 

FREDDY:

I’ll come by at 7.

 

CASSIE:

See you then.

 

FREDDY:

How’re the kids, Carmen?

 

CARMEN:

They okay. Gracias.

 

FREDDY:

Madeline, you look very nice today.

 

MADELINE:

(Madeline who had just undone her pony tail fusses with her hair. She takes off her glasses and squints.) Yeah?

  

FREDDY:

Yeah! Gotta get the hardware store open. (He winks at Cassie.)

 

CASSIE:

Waves shyly.

 

CARMEN:

Adios, mi amigo.

 

MADELINE:

(Whispers) Yeah!

They all watch as Freddy leaves.

CASSIE:

What am I going to do?

 

She begins to run steamy water in the shampoo bowl, a ritual her mother started.

 

CARMEN:

Only crazy muhere no marry him.

 

CASSIE:

Groans.

 

MADELINE:

Don’t ask me. I’ve never been in love.

 

The bell over the door jingles and in walks JERRY SHAPIRO (35), who has recently moved to California from New York to get away from his family who keeps trying to fix him up with voluptuous women in an attempt to make him straight. Jerry is very tall, blonde, and well built. He is wearing tight levis rolled slightly at the cuff, a tight white T, which is covered by a loose fitting salmon colored silk shirt that is unbuttoned. 

 

MADELINE:

Oh, it’s only Jerry!

 

JERRY:

Just say what’s on your mind, Madeline.

 

MADELINE:

I’m waiting for, Mr. Right.

 

JERRY:

Tell me something I don’t know. Washing already, Cassie?

Cassie nods.

JERRY (cont.):

Hear from any schools yet, Cassie?

 

CASSIE:

(From shampoo basin.) Maybe today’s the day.

 

CARMEN:

Why you ask her? She should get married.

 

JERRY:

She should do what she wants! How many times has Freddy asked you, Cassie?

 

CASSIE:

Jerry!

 

CARMEN:

Freddy a nice boy, Cassie. What you wait for?

 

CASSIE:

I wait for love. How do I know if it’s love?

 

The bell over the door jingles. Everyone looks at the door. Cassie, slathering on conditioner still over the shampoo basin, peeks out.

 

KITTEN PAPAREL, (28) walks in. Kitten is always happy, even when she’s not, and she always has a boyfriend. She is blonde, petit, and frequently wears pink.

 

KITTEN:

Hi everyone! Cassie, you’re washing this early? Won’t your Mama be proud she has such a clean little girl?

 

CASSIE:

I’m not a little girl!

 

Cassie grabs a handful of conditioner and aims for Kitten.

 

KITTEN:

Let it go, honey.

 

 

KITTEN (cont.):

Just wait till I tell you all about my date last night.

 

CARMEN, and JERRY groan, roll their eyes and try to look busy. CASSIE wraps a white towel around her head and holds her hands over her ears. MADELINE listens intently.

 

KITTEN (cont.):

Billy was so handsome last night. He wore this suit that he swore was Armani. We went to that fancy restaurant on the pier, Smithies, where they have Tuesday night Budget Banquet. When he got up to go back for seconds, I looked at his jacket, since he left it hanging on the chair. But it wasn’t Armani. The label said “Hot Suit.” Then I wondered what else he might be lying about. Like the time he didn’t have condoms. I mean if he lies about his suit then how do I know he doesn’t sleep with other girls. (She looks at Jerry, who is reading the newspaper.) Or guys for that matter. Do you know him, Jerry?

 

JERRY:

Never had the pleasure, Sweetie. Where the heck is my nine o’clock? I hate when my first client is late! I swear, I’m gonna find another career. One with no stress.

 

The bell over the door rings. All heads turn to see ANN PAPERS (32), cashier at Shear Delight, walk in. Ann is a Southern woman who is alone except her friends at Shear Delight. She has sandy blonde hair that is wavy, parted on the side, and it comes to just below her ears. She wears flowery dresses that have an old fashioned “air” to them. She likes to count change.

 

ANN:

Hi, ya all. Swell day ain’t it? Let’s hear it for fog. Fog, fog, and more fog. Let’s hear it for San Pedro. We ought to change the name of the shop to: Fog Hair.

 

MADELINE:

I think that’s rude.

 

CASSIE:

Maybe that’s what wrong with me. My whole life is in a fog. I’m stuck in this fog, and I can’t find my way out. If I’m not careful, I’ll be stuck here my whole life.

 

CARMEN:

Maybe the fog make you don’t know how to say “yes” to Feddie.

 

CASSIE:

What do you mean?

 

CARMEN:

Maybe inside want to say yes. Maybe outside it’s fog say I don’t know.

 

KITTEN:

I say if someone asks you to marry him and if he isn’t in jail or close to it, say yes.

 

JERRY:

You all remind me of my relatives. You know, the reason I moved from New York? My mother still sends pictures. As if fixing me up with beautiful women would change me from being gay. I say if her outside says no then it’s no. But maybe, Cassie, you should have a talk with the inside and maybe practice in the mirror before you go to dinner tonight.

 

MADELINE:

(Staring out the window.) What are all those big white trucks doing?

 

JERRY:

Probably collecting trash.

 

MADELINE:

I don’t think so. Look. They have equipment inside. Here come two more!

Kitten goes to the window to look.

KITTEN:

Movie trucks! (Kitten runs to her station touch-up her make-up.)

Carmen stops folding towels. Ann stops counting change. Jerry puts down the newspaper. Cassie stops towel drying her hair. They all look out the window.

 

EXT. DAY: Street in front of Shear Delight. More trucks pull up along with R.V.’s and crew. Equipment is being unloaded.

 

INT. DAY: Lupe comes running into Shear Delight.

 

LUPE:

Oh! My God, yes! They use our street. We are in the movies today !

The diner, SELMA’S SWELL COOKING, two doors down is being used as the location. 

 

CARMEN:

Gracias Adios!

 

MADELINE:

I’m gonna meet a man like Cassie said!

 

ANN:

The fog has lifted!

 

KITTEN:

(Still applying makeup.) Every man woman and child is on their own. I’m finally going to be discovered.

 

CASSIE:

Oh! Somebody give me a hair dryer.

 

KITTEN:

Like I said, honey, I’m going to take over this show.

 

Everyone runs around the shop trying to spruce up the way they look. The door opens. Everyone freezes. It’s Jerry’s 9:00 o’clock, CAROL SHEETING, (45).

 

CAROL:

Sorry I’m late, Jerry. I couldn’t get through the barrage of trucks á lá movie crew out there.

 

JERRY:

Listen, sweetie, I’m sorry you’re late too cause I can’t do your hair right now. This is our big day. We’re going to be discovered! Come on, maybe they have a part for you too.

 

CAROL:

What!?

 

KITTEN:

Out of my way everyone! I have a date with the camera.

 

 

 

 

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