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The Contender

Published July 2, 2018 in McFay , Musicians and Actors - 0 Comments

The Contender

The Contender

It was a summer theater production

of Edward Bond’s The Sea.

Part of the repertory

of a rundown playhouse

in a small Connecticut town called Ivoryton.

McFay was playing Hatch, the draper.

Drinking in the bar after the dress rehearsal.

“Witches! Hussies!” he bellowed across the bar.

“Keep it down. I’ll put you out on your ear.”

said McMahon, the bartender.

“I’ll have you know, I was once someone

people bought tickets to see.” said McFay.

“Is that so? I was once someone

who got a lot of tickets

and had lots of people to see.” answered McMahon.

“How about another?”

“You’ve had enough, my friend.”

“All’s well that ends well.” said McFay, suddenly deflated.

“What do I owe you?”

“It’s on me.” said McMahon.

“You’re a gentleman and a scholar.”

“I’m neither.” said McMahon.

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