Food On The Table

In the new play, Food On The Table, Chuck gets wrongfully accused of theft at his job and begs his superior to keep his job on behalf of his family.

CHUCK: The other times I left the work area was on account of my boy. There’s always something going on with him and my girlfriend, she, without me…I have to be there for my family when they need me…I’m sorry, but that’s the truth. If it means me losing my job than so be it, but what is a man supposed to do, Darla? How am I supposed to take care of my family?

I’m focused on my job, but when I got a frantic phone call the blood drained from me, and all I can see is my family…

It’s my fault. I left the inventory unattended, but when your girlfriend calls you up crying in a panic on the phone because your child is injured, it’s hard to think rationally while I’m in the thick of it, and I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, I’m smart enough to recognize that fact and umm, I guess what I’m steering at is that I’m asking you to have some compassion for me, for my loved ones, some understanding cause I’m trying, I’m trying real hard and I feel lucky you’ve given me this chance…I feel blessed.

For the first time in a long time I feel like, I don’t know, like I’m adding up to something, that I actually mean something to others. My, uh, my self-esteem, confidence…it goes a long way when you can put food on the table and uh, I plan on marrying Cassandra, I love her and I’m trying to save up for a ring…

This is all I got, please, give me one more chance…please…just one more shot and I swear I won’t let you down, no matter what, Darla, no matter what…

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Food On The TableIn this one-act ePlay, Chuck begs his supervisor Darla to keep his job after abandoning his work duties and causing theft.

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