The Office Mate is a play in two acts. It was written by Christopher Livingston.
INT – OFFICE WITH TWO DESKS AND TWO WORKERS. ONE WORKER IS NAMED CHRISTOPHER LIVINGSTON. THE OTHER WORKER IS NAMED PETER
PETER IS WORKING ON HIS COMPUTER LOOKING ON THE GROUP DRIVE (CALLED THE X-DRIVE) FOR SOME CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS THAT A THIRD WORKER, NAMED MATT, WHO WORKS TWO DOORS DOWN (ROUGHLY 30 FEET AWAY) AND WHO DOES NOT APPEAR IN THIS PLAY. CHRISTOPHER APPEARS TO BE WORKING ON HIS COMPUTER BUT IS ACTUALLY WRITING A BLOG ENTRY IN THE FORM OF A PLAY IN TWO ACTS.
PETER: Do you know where the drawings are for that Railyards project?
CHRISTOPHER: Um, no. I think Matt downloaded them a few days ago.
PETER: Do you know where he put them?
CHRISTOPHER: No, no idea.
PETER: Did he put them on the X-Drive?
CHRISTOPHER: I don’t know, maybe.
PETER: I don’t see them on the X-Drive.
PETER: Do you think he put them on the X-Drive?
CHRISTOPHER: I don’t know. Maybe.
PETER: Where would he put them on the X-Drive?
CHRISTOPHER: I don’t know. Did you ask him?
PETER: No. Do you think he saved them on his computer?
CHRISTOPHER: I don’t know. Maybe. You should ask him.
THERE IS A LONG PAUSE.
PETER: Did he save them somewhere else? On another drive, maybe?
CHRISTOPHER: I really don’t know. Matt would know. Matt could tell you.
PETER: Where did he download them from?
CHRISTOPHER: I really have no idea. You should check with Matt.
PETER: Do you think he put them on a CD?
CHRISTOPHER: I, I really, I have no idea. You should check with Matt.
PETER: Yeah, I’ll ask him.
PETER: Did he print them out?
CHRISTOPHER IGNORES HIM. OUT OF THE CORNER OF HIS EYE, HE SEES PETER TURN AROUND IN HIS CHAIR AND STARE DIRECTLY AT HIM. FOR ABOUT A MINUTE.
CHRISTOPHER (eventually): Sorry, what?
PETER: Did Matt print them out?
CHRISTOPHER: I don’t know. You know who would know? Matt. Matt would know. Ask Matt. He’s sitting thirty feet from here. Ask him. Ask Matt, for the love of all that is holy, just get up and go ask him.
PETER TURNS BACK TO HIS COMPUTER.
PETER: Did he save them as a PDF?
INT SAME OFFICE. PETER AND CHRISTOPHER ARE STILL SITTING THERE.
PETER: Did he save them to a flash drive?