To make the action easier to follow, the actor should wear the first black hat when playing Mark Zimmerman, City Attorney, the other black hat when playing Mark Zimmerman, Investor.
Disclaimer: The play is a dramatization of the tough negotiations between Mark Zimmerman, City Attorney, and Mark Zimmerman, Investor. The playwright is a trained writer. Under no circumstances should you attempt these actions at home, or using real money.
MZi: It is the best of times to be an investor. Things are looking bright, and I think I smell a good deal.
MZa: It is the worst of times to be a city. Our downtown movie house sits empty!
MZi: Well, I think we might work something out that would be reasonably profitable.
MZa: It would sure be nice. How about if you invest in that property, refurbish it, and make it a going concern?
MZi: Well, I dont know. Is there a profit in it?
MZa: Depends on how good a businessman you are.
MZi: Could you guarantee that theres a profit in it?
MZa: You do understand that I have a fiduciary responsibility to the City, which is my client. I cant just give away the store.
MZi: Yes, but you know that you and me go back a long way.
MZa: Well, all right, seeing as how we are good friends. Ill have my client guarantee a profit for you.
MZi: How about arranging some grant money, too?
MZa: No problem. Taxpayers like funding grants because its like pretending its Christmas and theyre Santa Claus. How much do you want?
MZi: Well, Id like $200,000.
MZa: Such an awkward amount. Why dont you take a quarter of a million instead?
MZi: OK, youve talked me up to it. Oh, Mark! What a tough negotiator you are.
MZa: Just doing my job, Mark.
MZi: Another thing, though. I have a friend who could use a little extra money.
MZa: Is he influential?
MZi: He hopes to be, soon.
MZa: How do you think hed like a no-bid contract on the roof?
MZi: Could you get the City to let him use the fire truck to inspect it?
MZa: As the City Attorney, I must insist on a promise that there wont be a fire while the equipment is tied up. We place this condition on all contractors who are getting free use of our expensive fire equipment.
MZi: Well, OK Mark, I promise. You really are looking out for the City! Oh! One other thing...
MZa: What is it, Mark?
MZi: Well, Mark, its [whispers] Psst. Psst. Psst.
MZa: Well, all right, but wed better keep that part our little secret until next year. People might be sore. Just wouldnt understand, you know.
MZi: No problem. Ill look better, too, if I dont come across as greedy.
OK, then, its a deal. Shake on it.
[shakes hands with self.]
[entire company takes bow, to thunderous applause.]
This is a dramatization of hard-fought negotiations between the City Attorney and the Investor. The author is a trained writer, and again you are reminded not to duplicate the acts depicted herein at home or using real money.
The characters are here are real persons and are in no wise the creatures of the author's imagination. Any resemblence between the City Attorney and the Investor are purely intentional. Any resemblence between the mysterious party who got a no-bid contract on the roof and (now) Commissioner Bone is of course purely because it was he who got the contract.
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