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Michael Cantor arr Webber - Upside the Musical

musical for soli chorus and piano

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    Upside The Musical
    by Michael Cantor




    Michael Cantor 917 455 2646

    ©2014 by Michael Cantor. All rights reserved.




    Cast of Characters
    Mark Berman, a new trader on Wall Street.
    Nicole Harris, a junior trader
    Jon Evans, an SEC investigator
    Vipul Gupta, Mark's trading colleague
    Andrew Bronstein, Mark's trading colleage
    Larry Molinari, Mark, Vipul, and Andrew's boss Randolph (Randy) Worthington, Mark's college friend and
    founder of GreenCo, a green lifestyle company Sharon Goldman, an experienced trader
    Ed Stanton, Jon's boss

    A Judge
    A prosecuting attorney A defense attorney
    A bailiff
    A jury foreman



    ACT I
    SCENE 1
    OVERTURE

    CURTAIN IS DOWN.


    MARK BERMAN, late 20’s ,
    has just finished his Ivy-league MBA,
    enters and walks to the center of the stage.


    MARK
    CENTER OF THE WORLD

    FROM THE DAY I STARTED HIGH SCHOOL,
    I'VE TAKEN THE RIGHT STEPS
    TO KEEP ME STEADY ON THE GOLDEN PATH.
    I JOINED THE CLUBS, I VOLUNTEERED,
    IN GYM I DID THE REPS.
    I DID IT ALL BECAUSE I'D DONE THE MATH.
    MY PARENTS WERE SUPPORTIVE-
    THEY DIDN'T HAVE A CHOICE.
    SOMETIMES THEY SUFFERED RESUM… FATIGUE.
    I HAD TO MAKE A STATEMENT -
    TO SHOW MY UNIQUE VOICE,
    AND GET ACCEPTED TO THE IVY LEAGUE.
    AT HARVARD IT WAS DIFFERENT-
    I DIDN'T SHINE AS BRIGHT.
    JUST PUBLIC SCHOOL-
    NO SHINING PEDIGREE.
    SO THERE I KEPT MY HEAD DOWN,
    MY DREAM ALWAYS IN SIGHT.
    UNTIL I GOT MY BACHELOR'S DEGREE.
    I'D BEEN PLANNING FOR MY DREAM JOB-
    IT FINALLY WAS HERE.
    WHEN THE OFFER CAME, IT'S TRUE,
    I NEARLY HURLED.
    THOUGH I'M STARTING ANOTHER ERA,
    THE PATH IS STILL QUITE CLEAR:
    I'M ON WALL STREET-
    AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD.

    Curtain opens to...

    INT. WALL STREET TRADING FLOOR, MORGAN STANLEY.

    ENSEMBLE is moving around looking
    busy behind MARK.

    MARK

    IT'S THE CENTER OF ALL THINGS GREAT-
    IT'S THE CENTER OF ALL THINGS KIND-
    IT'S CENTER THAT'S AN OBSESSION

    (spoken, as he looks around in wonder)

    And what a center it is...
    THERE'S NO OTHER STREET LIKE IT ON THE PLANET
    NOWHERE ELSE ARE FORTUNES MADE LIKE HERE.
    YOU MIGHT SAY THE VALLEY- I'D SAY CAN IT
    IT'S GOT NOTHING ON THE VALUES I HOLD DEAR.
    IN THE VALLEY THEY MAKE THINGS,
    OR WRITE COMPUTER CODE
    TO ORDER LUNCH OR TO HELP YOU HAIL A CAB.
    THEY'RE SOLVING THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS,
    101'S THE NEW SILK ROAD
    BUT LIFE IS NOT SOME BIG COMPUTER LAB.
    MANIPULATING NUMBERS IS THE ANSWER
    AND WHETHER YOU'RE A SALESMAN OR A QUANT
    WHO CARES IF YOU'RE NOT OUT THERE CURING CANCER-
    THE STREET WILL GIVE YOU EVERYTHING YOU WANT.

    ENSEMBLE

    YOU'RE AT THE CENTER
    YOU'RE RIGHT AT THE MARKET'S BEATING HEART
    WANT TO FIND A DISSENTER?
    HERE YOU'LL FIND THAT'S MORE A TERM OF ART.
    YOU MIGHT NEED SOMEONE TO GUIDE YOU
    AS YOU CARVE OUT YOUR OWN SPACE;
    JUST BE CLEAR- THE WORLD REVOLVES AROUND THIS PLACE.

    NICOLE HARRIS, also late 20’s, mixed race,
    beautiful, a junior trader, also Ivy League,
    summers in the Vineyard, who’s been there
    for a year, walks to the center of the stage.

    NICOLE

    THEY SAY THERE'S ONE THING MISSING AT THE CENTER.
    THEY SAY A WOMAN'S PLACE IS STILL AT HOME.
    THE BOARDROOM MIGHT AS WELL SAY "DO NOT ENTER-
    UNLESS YOU'RE EMITTING MAD TESTOSTERONE."
    EACH WEEK SOMEBODY ASKS ME TO BOOK TRAVEL.
    EACH NIGHT SOME GUY ASKS ME TO CALL A CAR.
    THEY THINK THAT THEY CAN JUDGE
    BUT I'VE GOT THE GAVEL-
    AND SOON THEY'LL SEE HOW MUCH I RAISE THE BAR.
    I DIDN'T COME TO WALL STREET TO BE HUMBLE.
    I CAME HERE LIKE THE REST TO END UP RICH.
    WHEN I RESPONDED TO THOSE GUYS I DIDN'T MUMBLE-
    MY STRATEGY WENT OFF WITHOUT A HITCH.
    IT'S JUST THE BEGINNING-
    THE FIRST PACES ON MY RISE TO THE TOP.
    THERE'S NO DOUBT I'LL BE WINNING-
    THAT'S THE REWARD WHEN YOU ARE WORKING NONSTOP.
    I STILL PUT IN 80 HOURS, MAYBE MORE IN A GOOD WEEK.
    THERE'S NO BONUS THEY GIVE OUT FOR BEING MEEK.

    MARK AND NICOLE

    MY LIFE'S ABOUT TO CHANGE HERE AT THE CENTER-
    MY DAD'S ALREADY ASKING ME FOR TIPS.
    THEY LOOK AT ME AS IF I'M THE INVENTOR
    OF HEDGE FUNDS , CDOS AND THE BLUE CHIPS.
    I UNDERSTAND THAT MONEY LEADS TO POWER
    IT'S LIKE I'VE GOT MY BONUS ON MY SLEEVE.
    MY BANK ACCOUNT IS GROWING BY THE HOUR
    IT'S LIKE EVERY 2 WEEKS IS CHRISTMAS EVE.
    NO TIME TO WAIT 'TIL I'M OLDER-
    IT'S FINALLY TIME TO MAKE MY MARK
    NOT LOOKING OVER MY SHOULDER-
    THE FUTURE IS BRUSH AND I'M THE SPARK
    I'VE GOT MY ID AND MY BLOOMBERG, THE WORLD IS AT MY FEET-
    BECAUSE I'M AT THE CENTER -

    ALL

    AND WHEN YOU'RE AT THE CENTER-
    THE FUTURE IS NOW.
    THE FUTURE IS YOURS.
    THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT.
    THE FUTURE'S IN SIGHT.
    THE FUTURE IS YOURS.
    THE FUTURE IS HERE.
    THE FUTURE IS NOW.
    THE FUTURE IS CLEAR!

    ENSEMBLE goes back to their work,
    leaving MARK alone in the middle
    of the stage. He is approached by
    his three new colleagues: LARRY
    MOLINARI, an experienced, older
    trader who's on the tail end of
    his career; and two others, around
    Mark's age, who have couple of
    years of experience: ANDREW
    BRONSTEIN, a nerdy, quant-type,
    who is ready to move over to
    research, and VIPUL GUPTA, a
    slick, aggressive, successful trader.


    LARRY

    So, you must be the new addition to our little
    operation. Berman, right?

    MARK

    That's right. Mark Berman. And you are Larry-
    Larry Molinari, right? I remember from the
    interviews.

    LARRY

    Good memory. It'll serve you well around here.
    Myself, sorry but we interview so many people
    like you, it all blends in together.

    VIPUL

    I'm Vipul, and this is Andrew. You'll be
    sitting between us- I guess they want you to
    learn from the best.

    ANDREW

    The best ass kissing, maybe, if he watches you.
    Vipul is slick, like his hair, so if you want
    to learn sweet talk and the best brand of
    styling gel for lush Indian locks, keep looking
    to your left. If you want to learn how this
    place really works, you can look over my
    shoulder.

    VIPUL

    Please. You quants are all the same. You think
    because you know a few Greek letters and can
    put numbers after them, you are on a higher
    level. Let me tell you, it's all about
    relationships- anyone can use Excel but it
    takes real talent to do what I do.

    LARRY

    Well, Berman, there you go. I don't envy you,
    sitting between these two, but eventually
    you'll be able to tune them out, like the rest
    of us have. So where are you from again?

    MARK

    Well, I just finished my MBA at Harvard, and
    was at UBS a few years before that.

    LARRY

    Ah, another Harvard man. Just what we need!
    Queens College myself, barely graduated ,
    started here as a clerk. But times have
    changed.

    MARK

    You know, I didn't really want to get the MBA-
    I was quite a salesman myself at UBS.
    I just felt like I had to get it- so I could
    end up here.

    VIPUL

    A salesman- that's what I like to hear. Just
    what we need around this place. Our anti-social
    nerd quota is already filled. So come on,
    buddy, let's see what you've got.

    ANDREW

    Maybe he can take your place when you go start
    your hedge fund.

    VIPUL

    I'm still looking for investors, so until
    you're ready to give me your bonus check, I'm
    stuck here. Besides, I'm sure Mark will make
    things more interesting. Come on, buddy, show
    us what you've got.

    MARK

    A little friendly competition? I'm in, but you
    have to give me a few days at least to get
    oriented.

    VIPUL

    Of course- have to make it a fair fight, and
    there' s no way you can compete with me on the
    trading floor. I was actually thinking about
    after work.

    ANDREW

    Wow, now I really can't wait to see this!

    LARRY

    Vipul, come on- easy killer. I think the single
    women of New York can wait a week or two to
    experience you all in your glory. So Mark, let
    me show you around. But first, let me ask you a
    question- why are you here?

    MARK

    Wh...What? Is this some type of existential
    question?

    LARRY

    No, I mean why are you here? Why Wall Street?
    Why not some hedge fund or startup that can
    help me choose the best type of toilet paper to
    wipe my ass?

    MARK

    Uh, well, I like the challenge- the thinking on
    your feet, the rush of the trade.

    VIPUL

    Come on, we're going to be working together-
    you can cut the B.S. My parents wanted me to go
    to med school, but they got over their
    disappointment pretty quickly when I bought
    them a new Mercedes.

    ANDREW

    You're here for the same reason we all are. The
    money.

    LARRY

    (taking Mark by the shoulder)

    That's right- you're here for the money. But
    before you start eyeing that loft in Tribeca,
    or signing that lease on the new Ferrari- and
    if I can get you two to keep it down for a
    minute- let me really show you around. It's
    been a little tense here the last few weeks-
    somebody didn't keep their records right, and
    now the SEC is poking around.

    MARK

    SEC? That's serious! What- who- who are they
    going after?

    LARRY

    Don't worry about it. Look, there's a right way
    and a wrong way to establish yourself here. And
    I'm going to show you the right way, just like
    I did for those two. There are a few things you
    need to know to make it here on Wall Street.

    ALL THIS CAN BE YOURS

    WHEN I DRIVE OUT TO THE HAMPTONS,
    IT'S IN A '63 CORVETTE.
    AND WHEN MY WIFE FLIES OUT TO TAHOE,
    SHE TAKES OUR PRIVATE JET.
    MY KIDS ARE SPEAKING MANDARIN WITH FIELD TRIPS TO BEIJING.
    IT'S LOUD WHEN YOU'VE GOT 5 OF THEM,
    BUT THEY'VE GOT A SEPARATE WING.
    IT TAKES YEARS IN THE TRENCHES,
    BUT THEN YOUR COMPENSATION SOARS.
    JUST PUT IN THE HARD WORK,
    AND ALL THIS CAN BE YOURS.
    KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN,
    KEEP THE CHARTS STRAIGHT.
    TAKE A FEW YEARS FROM YOUR START DATE.
    KEEP YOUR WEIGHT DOWN,
    DON'T GET BURNT OUT.
    YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A BOY SCOUT.
    KEEP YOUR DEVIATIONS MINOR;
    YOU'LL FIND IT OPENS DOORS-
    AND IN A FLASH
    YOU'LL SEE -ALL THIS CAN BE YOURS.
    THEY SAY YOUR GENERATION
    WANTS IT ALL SERVED ON A PLATE.
    YOU DON'T WANT TO PUT THE TIME IN -
    YOU'VE FORGOTTEN HOW TO WAIT.
    I'VE SEEN IT IN WHEN I'M HIRING,
    WHEN I HAVE TO BREAK THE NEWS
    THAT THERE'S MORE TO A PROMOTION
    THAN YOUR FASCINATING VIEWS.
    YOU'VE GOT TO MAKE THE MONEY,
    BEFORE YOU BLOW IT ALL AT SCORES-
    YOU'VE GOT TO KNOW YOUR PLACE FOR A WHILE
    BEFORE THIS CAN BE YOURS.
    KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN,
    KEEP THE CHARTS STRAIGHT
    TAKE A FEW YEARS FROM YOUR START DATE.
    KEEP YOUR WEIGHT DOWN,
    DON'T GET BURNT OUT
    YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A BOY SCOUT.
    KEEP YOUR DEVIATIONS MINOR;
    YOU'LL FIND IT OPENS DOORS-
    AND IN A FLASH YOU'LL SEE ALL THIS CAN BE YOURS.


    VIPUL

    HE TOOK A SECOND MORTGAGE
    TO AFFORD THAT PRIVATE JET.
    HE'S ALMOST PUSHING 50,
    AND NOT RETIRING YET.
    YOU CAN GO FOR SLOW AND STEADY,
    AND GET CAPTURED BY THE GRIND.
    YOU CAN WEAR THE GOLDEN HANDCUFFS,
    AND EVERY MONTH FALL MORE BEHIND.
    ONE DAY YOU'VE GOT THE BLACK CARD,
    THEN YOU'RE REALLY HITTING THE DISCOUNT STORES-
    ARE YOU REALLY SURE YOU WANT ALL THIS TO BE YOURS?
    KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN,
    PUT YOUR TIME IN.
    GRAB THE LADDER AND START CLIMBIN'.
    HIT YOUR PLATEAU,
    THEN IT'S DOWNHILL
    YOU'RE A HAMSTER ON A TREADMILL.
    THERE'S AN IMAGE IN THE MIRROR,
    HE CONVENIENTLY IGNORES.
    ARE YOU REALLY SURE YOU WANT ALL THIS TO BE YOURS?
    IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH TIME HERE,
    TO PREDICT YOUR CORPORATE FATE.
    GET TAPPED BEFORE YOU'RE THIRTY-
    BY 35 IT'S WAY TOO LATE.
    YOU'VE GOT TO BANK YOUR BONUS,
    SO YOU CAN STRIKE OUT ON YOUR OWN
    OR YOU'LL END UP PUSHING 40,
    AND ALL YOUR CHANCES BLOWN.
    YOU CAN GO WORK FOR A STARTUP,
    OR PRESERVE THE GREAT OUTDOORS-
    'CAUSE I'M PRETTY SURE YOU DON'T WANT ALL THIS TO BE YOURS.
    KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN,
    PUT YOUR TIME IN.
    GRAB THE LADDER AND START CLIMBIN'.
    HIT YOUR PLATEAU, THEN IT'S DOWNHILL
    YOU'RE A HAMSTER ON A TREADMILL.

    LARRY

    KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN, KEEP THE CHARTS STRAIGHT
    TAKE A FEW YEARS FROM YOUR START DATE
    KEEP YOUR WEIGHT DOWN, DON'T GET BURNT OUT
    YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A BOY SCOUT.

    VIPUL AND LARRY

    (alternating)

    JUST KEEP UP WITH THE PLAN-
    JUST GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN-
    AND YOU KNOW ONE DAY ALL THIS CAN BE-
    KEEP YOUR FUTURE FILLED WITH MYSTERY-
    IT'S UP TO YOU TO DECIDE IF ALL THIS CAN BE YOURS.

    JON EVANS, an SEC investigator,
    who could have been a trader, also
    late 20's , enters at the end of the song


    VIPUL

    Well, well, if it isn't our favorite G-man.
    What's going on , T.B.?

    JON
    I asked you not to call me that, at least not
    here at work.


    VIPUL

    Come on, Jon, you've been spending enough time
    here, it's like your one of us already- just in
    a cheaper suit!

    (laughs with Andrew)


    JON

    If Wall Street doesn't work out, there's always
    Caroline's.

    LARRY

    Jon, my friend, let me introduce you to the
    newest member of our team. Jon Evans, meet Mark
    Berman.

    JON

    Great to meet you. Lucky you, ending up with
    this bunch.

    MARK

    Likewise- and no complaints so far. Seems like
    a fun group.

    JON

    Don't worry, they're taking it easy on you
    because it's your first day. Give them a week
    or two.

    ANDREW

    So Jon, find anything incriminating? Are you
    guys finally going to root out the corruption
    rampant in the financial industry and make
    American safe again for the little guy?

    JON

    Give me a break. You know why we're here, and
    yes, that is my ultimate goal. But seriously,
    I'm spending too much time with you guys
    already. Have to get back to the office and go
    over some things.

    MARK

    Jon Evans... Jon Evans... Hey, I know it's a
    common name, but you look familiar. Are you
    from Cranbury?

    JON

    Yes, I am.

    MARK

    And you went to Princeton High, right?

    JON

    That's right- class of 2003.

    MARK

    Ha! I knew it- we played you in baseball. You
    were a pretty good pitcher as I remember.

    JON

    Good for high school. Made the team at Duke but
    couldn't handle the grind.

    MARK

    Well, it's good to see you again.

    JON

    You too- and still on opposite teams. Allright,
    really time to go. See you all.

    JON leaves. On his way out he nods
    to NICOLE, who shyly smiles back.

    VIPUL

    Wow, you knew T.B. back in high school?

    MARK

    Didn't really know him, just played against him
    in baseball. He was a great pitcher. I think I
    got one hit off him in my entire high school
    career.

    ANDREW

    Figures he played pitcher. Intense, crafty, but
    likes his time off. That's probably why he
    chose government work.

    MARK

    Maybe. So what is up with "T.B."

    ANDREW

    Vipul calls him that.

    VIPUL

    Stands for "True Believer." Actually now
    everyone calls him that. For some reason he
    chose the SEC over this. We- and every other
    bank- have been trying to get him to work for
    us. It's like a 1000% increase in salary, but
    he won't budge. That's why he's the True
    Believer.

    ANDREW

    Whatever you say. I think he just needs a
    little more time.

    VIPUL
    TRUE BELIEVER

    THIS GUY'S A TRUE BELIEVER
    HE'S NOT JUST MARKING TIME.
    HIS LIFE HAS GOT ONE MISSION-
    TO STOP FINANCIAL CRIME.
    YOU CAN SAY THAT HE 'S A RELIC-
    TRUE BELIEF IS OUT OF PLACE.
    HE BELONGS BACK IN THE 50'S,
    WITH SOME DIRTY RATS TO CHASE.
    HE'S THE BACKBONE OF OUR NATION
    THWARTING PRICE MANIPULATION,
    MAKING SURE THAT EVERY TRADE IS WRAPPED UP NICE.

    ANDREW

    MY FRIEND I HATE TO TELL YOU-
    EVEN A TRUE BELIEVER HAS HIS PRICE.

    VIPUL

    Could you be more cynical?

    ANDREW

    I SEE IT EVERY HOUR
    ON THE FLOOR OR AT THE BAR.
    GUYS WHO LOOK IMMUNE TO POWER-
    YOU'D BE SURPRISED AT WHO THEY ARE.
    ONCE YOU SEE THAT LITTLE ANGLE,
    ONCE YOU FEEL THAT LITTLE RUSH.
    NO REPUTATION YET TO MANGLE-
    JUST A LAW OR TWO TO CRUSH.
    NOW OF COURSE THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS,
    LIKE OUR FRIEND, LOOKS STRONG TO ME.
    BUT NOTHING GIVES THESE GUYS ERECTIONS,
    LIKE FUCKING WITH THE SEC.
    SO YOUR BOY'S A TRUE BELIEVER-
    WE NEED MORE LIKE HIM TODAY.
    ANOTHER HIGH ACHIEVER
    WHO CAN MAKE US BASTARDS PAY.
    I HOPE THAT I'M DEAD WRONG HERE-
    BUT I THINK I'VE TOLD YOU TWICE.
    IT'S A WELL KNOW FACT OF WALL STREET-
    WE ALL MOVE TO THE SAME BACKBEAT-
    SWITCH THE CHANNEL IT'S A REPEAT-
    NO ONE'S ASS ESCAPES THE HOT SEAT-
    EVEN A TRUE BELIEVER HAS HIS PRICE.
    MOST OF THEM WILL GIVE A FEW GOOD YEARS
    SUCH NOBILITY- IT COULD MOVE A MAN TO TEARS.
    IT'S KIND OF SAD WHEN THEIR DEFENSES START TO CRACK.
    JUST BECAUSE OUR SUITS ARE CUSTOM,
    AND THEIRS ARE OFF THE RACK.
    I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT CORRUPTION
    THESE GUYS HAVE TOO MUCH PRIDE.
    WHAT I MEAN IS THE SEDUCTION
    OF COMING TO THE OTHER SIDE.
    YOU DON'T THINK HE'LL GET THE FEVER?
    ANY ODDS YOU WANT TO LAY?
    'CAUSE I BET YOUR TRUE BELIEVER
    WILL WORK FOR US SOME DAY.
    THERE'S NO SHORTAGE OF GUYS
    WHO WET THEIR SHEETS
    YOU KNOW LIKE RUDY'S, ELIOT'S , OR PREET'S.
    WHEN THEY DREAM OF CUTTING TITANS DOWN TO SIZE-
    THEN JUST LOOK AT WHERE THEY END UP- IT'S NEVER A SURPRISE.
    WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE TERM IS UP,
    WHEN THE CAMERAS ARE OFF?
    THEY'RE RIGHT WHERE YOU EXPECTED,
    FEEDING AT THE WALL STREET TROUGH.
    GIVE YOUR FRIEND A FEW MORE YEARS THERE-
    OR A DECADE, THAT'D BE NICE.
    EXTRA ZEROS MAKE IT EASY-
    TO GET OVER FEELING SLEAZY-
    THE FIRST DAY YOU MIGHT FEEL QUEASY-
    PRETTY SOON IT'S WARM AND BREEZY-
    BECAUSE EVERY TRUE BELIEVER HAS HIS PRICE.

    VIPUL

    Ladies and gentlemen, the most cynical man on
    Wall Street.

    ANDREW

    Just being realistic. How many years has he
    been at the SEC- 5? I bet you he doesn't last
    another.

    VIPUL

    I'm always up for a friendly wager. What do you
    say - loser bankrolls our next trip to Atlantic
    City?

    ANDREW

    Sounds good to me- do we have a cap on how much
    that bankroll may be?

    VIPUL

    No, this is no limit.

    ANDREW

    I'm all in.

    LARRY

    I can't wait for that trip- looks like we win
    either way! So Mark, let me finish showing you
    around the floor.
    (they walk around the office)
    This is where you'll be sitting- right between
    Vipul and Andrew. Just try not to get whiplash.
    This here of course is the most essential item
    in a trader's life. This is your mother, your
    mentor, and your cheating girlfriend all rolled
    into one-

    MARK

    Finally! I've been waiting to finally have one
    of my own-

    LARRY

    That's right- your very own Bloomberg terminal.
    IT will help you with the login, and you can
    finally get to work. Over there are some of the
    support staff, some of the other trading
    groups, and...
    (they come to a desk that is decked out
    like a shrine)

    MARK

    What is this? Is this your desk? How does
    anyone work here? No wait, this must be
    Vipul's, right?

    LARRY

    Ha! In his dreams. Vipul, Andrew, come over
    here- Mark would like to know about the shrine.
    No, nobody works here- too distracting. This,
    my friend, is the Hurwitz Chair.

    MARK

    It has a name? Was it a gift to you from the
    Hurwitz Family Foundation?

    VIPUL

    Hey- this is no joke. You have to respect the
    chair.

    MARK

    Ooooh- sorry. But tell me, you just keep an
    empty chair here, on the trading floor, wasting
    what I assume is valuable space- for what?

    ANDREW

    Seriously, the name Bernie Hurwitz means
    nothing to you?

    MARK

    No, I don't know who that is. The name sounds
    familiar thought- maybe someone I went to
    college with...

    LARRY

    Bernie Hurwitz was the king of all traders.

    VIPUL

    He did it right.

    ANDREW

    One big trade, left his mark, and then
    disappeared.

    VIPUL

    That's right- the greatest trade ever, then
    rode off into the sunset.

    LARRY


    THE GREATEST TRADE

    THE DAY IS LEGENDARY
    BUT TO ME IT'S STILL SO CLEAR
    THE SPEED; THE GRACE;THE TIMING;
    THE TOTAL LACK OF FEAR.

    ANDREW

    I HEAR THEY BRONZED HIS KEYBOARD
    AND SENT IT TO D.C.
    IT'S DOWN IN THE SMITHSONIAN,
    NEXT TO THE FIRST TV.

    VIPUL

    YOU COULD HAVE HEARD A PIN DROP
    THE DAY WE HEARD THE NEWS.
    OUR SHARE PRICE NEARLY DOUBLED,
    BUT THESE CHAIRS WERE MORE LIKE PEWS.
    THE GREATEST TRADE IN HISTORY -
    $10 BILLION WITH A CLICK.
    I'M JUST UPSET IT WASN'T ME -
    IT KIND OF MAKES ME SICK.

    VIPUL, LARRY, AND ANDREW

    THE GREATEST TRADE , THAT WAS EVER MADE.
    THE SET OF BALLS, THAT HE DISPLAYED.

    ANDREW

    HE TALKED TO DIERDRE BOLTON,
    AND A BIT ON CNN.
    THEN HE TOOK HIS MASSIVE BONUS
    AND WAS NEVER SEEN AGAIN.

    LARRY

    TO US IT'S STILL A MYSTERY-
    WHO WAS ON THE OTHER SIDE?
    I'VE HEARD IT WAS THE SAUDIS
    AND THEY TOOK IT ALL IN STRIDE.

    VIPUL

    IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE RUSSIANS;
    IN FACT THAT'S WHAT WE FEARED.
    THE TRUTH IS HE PISSED SOMEONE OFF-
    AND THEN HE DISAPPEARED.

    ANDREW

    HE BUILT UP HIS POSITION,
    BUT KEPT IT UNDER WRAPS
    HE KEPT IT OFF THE BALANCE SHEET
    TO BEAT THE TRADING CAPS.

    LARRY

    THE GUYS FROM RISK HAD NO IDEA,
    THOUGH IT'S NOT AS IF THEY CARED.
    THEY REACTED LIKE THE REST OF US-
    JUST DROPPED THEIR MOUTHS AND STARED.

    VIPUL, LARRY, AND ANDREW

    THE GREATEST TRADE, THAT WAS EVER MADE.
    THE GREATEST HAND, THAT WAS EVER PLAYED.
    GEORGE SOROS WEPT, AND PAULSON SCREAMED.
    WHAT ELSE TO DO? THEY BOTH GOT CREAMED.

    LARRY

    THE CEO WAS DESPERATE-
    THE BOARD WANTED HIM BACK.
    THE GUY HAD SINGLEHANDEDLY
    PUT THEIR OPTIONS IN THE BLACK.

    ANDREW

    THEY WENT OUT AND HIRED PINKERTON,
    AND CALLED THE CIA.
    HIS FATE IS STILL A MYSTERY-
    IT'S PUZZLING TO THIS DAY.

    VIPUL

    HE MADE THAT TRADE-
    SO FUCKING GREAT,
    THEN DISAPPEARED ,
    TOOK A CLEAN SLATE.
    MY FAVORITE ONE-
    HE'S AT CLUB MED.
    HE'S TEACHING TENNIS;
    UNLESS HE'S DEAD.

    LARRY

    THAT'S WHY THIS SPACE IS EMPTY-
    IT'S CHANGED INTO A SHRINE
    SOME COME AND RUB HIS BLOOMBERG-
    ITS POWERS ARE DIVINE.
    BUT TRY AND SIT AND USE IT-
    NO ONE WOULD EVER DARE.
    YOU'VE GOT TO BE A LEGEND
    TO FILL THE HURVITZ CHAIR.

    VIPUL, LARRY, AND ANDREW

    THE GREATEST TRADE-IT'S YOURS TO MAKE.
    A FEW CAME CLOSE, BUT LOST THEIR STAKE.
    IT MIGHT TAKE YEARS, OR JUST A WEEK.
    THE CHOICE IS YOURS -BE BOLD OR MEEK.
    KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN AND YOU'LL DO FINE-
    BUT THIS FLOOR COULD USE A SECOND SHRINE.
    SO TAKE A STAND, THROW THE GRENADE;
    IS IT IN YOU, THE GREATEST TRADE?

    LARRY

    Don't worry, Mark, you've got a while before
    you get to that level.

    VIPUL
    Right- look at Larry- almost 20 years and he
    still hasn't made it!

    LARRY

    That's why I love working with you Vipul, the
    support, the camaraderie.

    ANDREW

    And nobody gives it better than you, Larry.

    LARRY

    I'm touched, honestly. Well, enough chatting-
    Mark, you've been thoroughly introduced. Now
    it's time to see what that MBA can really do
    for you.

    VIPUL

    Yeah, good luck buddy. Don't worry, we'll cut
    you some slack on your first day.

    MARK

    Slack? But I barely know how to use the
    Bloomberg!

    ANDREW

    (lovingly to the terminal)
    Oh, don't worry. You'll learn, and soon, you'll
    learn to love it as much as we do.

    VIPUL

    Ah, yeah, whatever. Regardless of how you do
    today, tonight you're buying.

    ANDREW

    That's right, rookie tradition. We'll walk you
    over to Johnny's around 530. Larry, you coming?

    LARRY

    Sorry boys but have to get home to the kids.
    Maybe next week.

    VIPUL

    All right- they're about to ring the bell-
    let's see what you've got Mark.

    SCENE 2


    INT. JOHNNY'S BAR. LATER THAT EVENING.

    The bar is filled with Wall Street
    types. VIPUL, ANDREW, and MARK are
    at one side, talking.


    VIPUL

    I couldn't believe it, but that's the price
    they were giving me, so bam! I went right in
    and gutted those motherfuckers. I just wish I'd
    had more inventory. That one trade made my
    whole month! Gentlemen, today was a good day.
    Maybe it was thanks to our new good luck charm?

    MARK

    Give it a few more weeks and we'll see. I don't
    particularly like being seen as a good luck
    charm.

    ANDREW

    If it brings up your bonus a few figures,
    believe me, you'll start wearing four leaf
    clovers and carrying a rabbit's foot. Speaking
    of bonuses, how did your first day go?

    MARK

    Not too bad- now I know my way around a
    Bloomberg. I just followed the script today,
    didn't take too many risks.

    VIPUL

    That's the way to start, but if you don't take
    risks, you wont get very far here.

    MARK

    Like I said, give me some time- I have no
    problem with risk.

    JON walks into the bar with
    ANOTHER SEC INVESTIGATOR.
    Their suits and bearing stand
    out from the rest of the crowd.


    VIPUL

    Speaking of risk- look who's here. T.B.! What's
    going on? Catch any bad guys today manipulating
    the markets and making life tough for the
    individual investor? Actually, I dont really
    care - can Mark buy you a drink?

    JON

    Gentlemen- good to see you too. But sorry, no
    fraternizing with the enemy this evening. I
    have some visitors in from DC.

    ANDREW

    Does the SEC make you all shop at the same
    crappy store for your suits?

    JON

    No, why, does Morgan Stanley make you all go to
    the same stylist for your haircuts?

    VIPUL

    Good one, Jon! With wit like that, you really
    need to get out of government work and come
    entertain us on the trading floor.

    JON

    Nice try Vipul, but that's not happening. I
    have to get back to my colleagues- dont want
    them to get lost in here.

    JON walks across the stage back
    toward his friends, and on his way
    passes NICOLE and SHARON
    who aretalking at a table.


    NICOLE

    Can you believe it? I've been here a year
    already and this guy still is asking me to book
    him his trip to Shanghai!

    SHARON

    At least it only happened to you once this
    week. When I first got here, I was getting
    requests like that five times a day!

    NICOLE

    What is wrong with these guys? Were all of
    their moms secretaries? Can they just not
    handle the concept of a female trader?

    JON

    (interrupting, trying to be smooth in his
    G-man sort of way)
    Ladies. The sexism of Wall Street getting you
    down again?

    NICOLE

    Ah, if it isn't the True Believer himself, here
    to... What? Provide a sympathetic ear so we can
    incriminate ourselves?

    SHARON

    Really Jon, shouldn't you be back over there
    with the boys? Couldn't you get indicted or
    something for buying us a drink?

    JON

    Unfortunately that's true- the SEC does not
    look kindly at alcohol on our expense reports.

    SHARON

    Well, I would offer you one myself but wouldn't
    want your friends over there to get the wrong
    idea.

    JON

    They are starting to look a little antsy...

    As JON is picking up his drink to
    go, VIPUL races over to the table.

    VIPUL

    Nikki, Sharon- what are you two doing all the
    way over here? T.B., are you bothering these
    lovely ladies?

    SHARON

    Nah, he was just leaving.

    JON

    Right, just leaving. See you all.

    He walks over to the AGENT at the
    bar.

    NICOLE

    Sharon, you are tough- you didn't need to do
    that.

    SHARON

    Look, Nikki, I spent my 20's dedicating my
    social life to this job and wasting my time
    talking to guys like that.

    NICOLE

    I'm still in my 20's, and I dont know, there's
    something about the G-man thing that gets me...

    VIPUL

    Nikki, you can hang out with T.B. as much as
    you want tomorrow back at the office.
    For now, come over here and drink with us. The
    new guy is buying. Let me introduce you to him.

    NICOLE

    New guy? How new?

    VIPUL

    Today was his first day.

    SHARON
    Great- just under the wire before you corrupt
    him for life.

    VIPUL

    One man's corruption is another man's virtue.
    Come on, let's go.

    They walk over to MARK and ANDREW.

    ANDREW
    Nicole, Sharon. Vipul, what happened to T.B.?
    You scared him away?

    VIPUL

    No, I think it was Sharon actually.

    ANDREW

    No surprising. You scare me too.

    SHARON

    Sorry to hear that. I'll try to be more mild
    mannered from now on.

    VIPUL

    Sharon, Nicole, let me introduce you to Mark
    Berman, the newest member of our team. Mark,
    this is Sharon Goldman, one of the baddest
    female traders around, and Nicole Harris,
    equally bad. She was just like you only one
    short year ago.

    MARK

    Just like me? Naive, confused, and sweaty?

    VIPUL

    Maybe I misspoke. She was new, just like you,
    but I would never use any of those words to
    characterize her.

    NICOLE

    Oh, Vipul, you are too kind.

    VIPUL

    Hey, the brown and beautiful have to look out
    for each other.

    At this point, RANDY WORTHINGTON-
    also late 20's, slick, confident,
    looks and talks like he just
    stepped of a yacht in
    Kennebunkport- enters the bar. He
    scans the crowd and starts walking
    toward the group, focusing on
    SHARON, who is on the outside of
    the group.


    RANDY

    Hi. I'm Randy.

    SHARON

    (surprised)

    Hello. I'm Sharon.

    RANDY

    Not a bad crowd for a Monday night.

    SHARON

    No, not bad at all.

    RANDY

    Wow, that is a nice sized diamond. Are you here
    with your fiance?

    SHARON

    No, just some friends from work. Nicole, this
    is Randy.

    (Nicole turns around from her conversation
    with Mark)


    NICOLE

    Hi Randy. Nice to meet you. How do you know
    Sharon?

    RANDY

    I don't - we just met. Can I get you a couple
    more drinks?

    NICOLE

    No, I'm fine for now. So do you always just
    walk up to strangers in bars?

    RANDY

    Ever since I was a kid. You'll find that I have
    very little shame, so getting rejected doesn't
    really bother me.

    NICOLE

    I like your honesty. Here, let me introduce you
    to our friends. Guys, I want you to meet
    Randy....

    RANDY

    Worthington.

    NICOLE

    Randy Worthington. Randy, this is Andrew,
    Vipul, and Mark...

    RANDY

    Mark Berman! Holy shit! What the hell are you
    doing here?
    (they do the man hug)

    MARK

    Randy? I should be asking you the same thing.

    NICOLE

    So, how do you two know each other?

    MARK

    We went to college together. Randy was a year
    ahead of me. Last I'd heard you were traveling
    around the world, though I guess for someone
    with such deep roots in the Upper East Side, a
    bar in the financial district must be pretty
    exotic.

    RANDY

    Ah, Mark, haven't lost your wit or the chip on
    your shoulder. Yes, well, I was traveling
    around the world, but after seeing all that
    poverty, all those wealthy tourists wasting
    their money on trinkets and "experiences," but
    I realized that it was time to settle down and
    do something- something that would make a
    difference.

    VIPUL

    So what, you're going to save the world through
    financial manipulation?

    RANDY

    No, I'll leave that to you all. I was actually
    down here meeting with some investors. I've
    started a company- perhaps you've heard of it-
    GreenCo?

    MARK

    You started a company? You started GreenCo?
    Man, I wish I had met you a few months ago and
    gotten in on that IPO. But I never pegged you
    for the entrepreneurial type. I thought you'd
    be happy to invest and let other people do the
    hard work.

    RANDY

    My trip around the world changed me. I saw how
    these people lived, how they're destroying
    their own land because they don't have access
    to clean water, how they are giving their kids
    asthma because of the way they heat their
    houses- it really got to me.

    SHARON

    That's something I couldn't figure out- an
    amazing IPO for a company that's basically
    going to provide indoor plumbing and electric
    heat? Did you just start ConEd international?

    RANDY

    No, it's about more than that. I'm not only
    trying to change lives in other countries, but
    to change the mindset here at home. We focus on
    everything Green- green energy, green living,
    and the whole green lifestyle.

    ANDREW

    That whole green movement is a pile of crap.
    Unless you can change the way they live in
    India and China, what we do here doesn't affect
    anything.

    RANDY

    Another environmental cynic. I've heard it so
    many times before. But you're wrong- and I can
    prove it.

    GO GREEN

    DID YOU KNOW THAT EVERY PERSON
    LEAVES THREE TONS OF WASTE A YEAR?
    AND IT TOOK 50 PINTS OF WATER
    TO GROW THE BARLEY FOR YOUR BEER?
    DO YOU WANT TO SAVE THE PLANET?
    DO YOU WANT TO STOP THE LIES?
    OR WADE BACK TO YOUR APARTMENT
    WHEN THE WATER LEVELS RISE?
    THERE IS ONLY ONE DIRECTION,
    AND IT'S TIME WE ALL COME CLEAN
    YOU CAN WATCH THE WORLD GO BY,
    OR YOU CAN GO GREEN.
    GO GREEN FOR OUR FUTURE,
    GO GREEN FOR HUMANITY,
    GO GREEN FOR THE CHILDREN,
    OR OTHER PEOPLE'S VANITY.
    NOW YOU CAN BE THE PROBLEM,
    OR STAND UP TO THE MACHINE.
    YOU CAN GO STRAIGHT TO HELL
    OR YOU CAN GO GREEN.

    ENSEMBLE

    GO GREEN -THE CLIMATE'S CHANGING.
    GO GREEN- YOU BETTER ACT FAST.
    GO GREEN-THERE'S NO EXCHANGING;
    WE'VE GOT ONE PLANET-GOT TO MAKE IT LAST.

    RANDY

    LIKE YOU I WAS A PARASITE,
    WHEN I GOT TO BUSINESS SCHOOL.
    A COMPETITION NEARLY EVERY NIGHT,
    ON WHO COULD BE THE BIGGEST TOOL.
    THEN I HAD A REVELATION
    ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION
    THERE WAS JUST ONE WAY TO GO-
    I HAD TO GO GREEN.
    GO GREEN FOR OUR FUTURE,
    GO GREEN FOR HUMANITY,
    GO GREEN FOR THE CHILDREN,
    OR OTHER PEOPLE'S VANITY.
    NOW YOU CAN BE THE PROBLEM,
    OR STAND UP TO THE MACHINE.
    YOU CAN GO STRAIGHT TO HELL
    OR YOU CAN GO GREEN.
    MY SUIT IS MADE OF HEMP,
    THESE SHOES HAVE BEEN RECLAIMED.
    THIS WATCH FEEDS KIDS IN ASIA,
    SUFFERING FROM CLIMATE CHANGE.
    UNLIKE YOU I CANT BE BLAMED!
    TAKE A REAL GOOD LOOK AROUND YOU,
    THINK ABOUT THE PRICE WE PAY.
    HER FURY WILL ASTOUND YOU,
    IF WE TREAT MOTHER EARTH THIS WAY.
    IT'S TIME TO JOIN THE MOVEMENT-
    IT'S TIME WE ALL COME CLEAN
    YOU CAN LET YOUR GRANDKIDS DIE
    OR YOU CAN GO GREEN.
    GO GREEN FOR OUR FUTURE,
    GO GREEN FOR HUMANITY.
    GO GREEN FOR THE CHILDREN,
    OR OTHER PEOPLE'S VANITY,
    IT'S RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION,
    LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN.
    YOU CAN GO STRAIGHT TO HELL
    IT MIGHT FIT YOU VERY WELL-
    YEAH YOU CAN GO STRAIGHT TO HELL,
    OR YOU CAN GO GREEN.

    MARK

    Wow. You really have changed.

    RANDY

    Indeed I have. So think about it.

    ANDREW

    I still say it's B.S.

    RANDY

    Look, I have to go meet with my investors. They
    just can't stop celebrating this IPO! Great to
    meet you all. Mark, really great to see you
    again-would love to catch up.

    MARK

    Sure, me too- let's go out in a few weeks, once
    I'm settled in.

    RANDY

    Sounds good. Sharon, if things don't work out
    with whoever gave you that diamond, let me
    know. See you all.


    RANDY leaves.


    VIPUL

    Wow, what was that? You knew him in college?

    MARK

    Yeah, we were pretty good friends. Talked and
    dressed the same way, but something else really
    has changed him.

    SHARON

    He is nothing if not self-confident.

    ANDREW

    I thought I'd seen it all with all these egos
    around here, but he gives you a whole new
    perspective.

    SHARON

    As much as I'd like to remain in Randy's wake,
    I have to get home.

    ANDREW

    Me too. Share a cab?

    SHARON

    Sounds good.

    VIPUL

    Yeah this place is dead anyway- I'll go with
    you. Mark, Nicole- we have room for one more.

    MARK

    No, I'll stay- I can walk home from here.

    NICOLE

    I'll keep you company.

    VIPUL


    All right, you two- just remember, opening bell
    is at 930!

    VIPUL, SHARON, and ANDREW leave.



    MARK

    Thanks for staying

    NICOLE

    It's only right- someone has to show the new
    guy around. Besides, I don't have much to go
    back to.

    MARK


    I know what you mean- I just moved to New York,
    barely furnished my apartment, and barely have
    any money until that first paycheck.

    NICOLE


    Don't worry- there' no feeling like opening up
    your account after that first direct deposit,
    and realizing that you've finally made it.

    MARK

    So what about you? Phobic about buying
    furniture?

    NICOLE

    I wish. No, bad breakup. It's only been a few
    weeks.

    MARK

    Oh, sorry to hear that.

    NICOLE

    Thanks. It's just so hard to balance life and
    this job. I mean look at Sharon- she got
    engaged to the first guy she dated in 6 years!

    MARK

    Must be tough. That won't happen to me, though-
    there's no way I'll wait more than two years to
    go on a date!

    NICOLE gets a text and reaches for
    her phone.


    NICOLE

    What? Oh, sorry, I have to get this. It's a
    message from my boss. He is needy.

    MARK

    I understand.

    NICOLE

    I mean seriously, why is it that he's always
    texting me after hours, and the guys on the
    team get a pass?

    MARK

    I seriously have no idea.

    NICOLE

    Funny. Sorry, can you-

    She gets distracted and starts
    looking at her phone, then looking
    around the room


    Oh, hey, some of my other friends are here.
    (she is still distracted by the phone)

    MARK

    Oh, that's great.

    OVER MY SHOULDER


    I GOT A SCENT OF YOUR PERFUME-
    I WAS IMMEDIATELY FLOORED.
    I SWEPT YOU UP LIKE A VACUUM,
    KNOWING I'D NEVER BE BORED.

    NICOLE

    I GAVE YOU POINTS JUST FOR TRYING
    ATTENTION NEVER GETS OLD.
    I'M NOT ABOVE SOME WHITE LYING-
    TO KEEP YOU HERE IN CASE MY PROSPECTS GET COLD.

    MARK

    IT'S THE SAME SITUATION
    AND I'VE ADJUSTED JUST FINE-
    WHY WORK AT CONVERSATION,
    WHEN IT'S SO EASY TO HOOK UP ONLINE?
    YOU'RE LOOKING OVER MY SHOULDER-
    THE ROOM JUST GOT COLDER.
    THERE'S NO WAY YOU'RE GOING HOME ALONE.
    'CAUSE THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE BETTER ON YOUR PHONE.

    GIRL

    (approaches Mark)

    I WANT TO MARRY GEORGE CLOONEY,
    BUT I'LL SETTLE FOR HIS TWIN.

    MARK

    I'D HAVE PEGGED YOU FOR GEORGE LUCAS,
    SPENDING NIGHTS WITH JAR JAR AND ANNAKIN.

    GIRL

    I DON'T KNOW THAT YOU'RE EITHER
    BUT YOU MIGHT DO FOR TONIGHT.

    NICOLE

    I'M JUST GETTING MY BEARINGS,
    LET ME SEE IF MY FRIENDS ARE ALRIGHT.

    MARK

    I'M NOT THINKING OF MARRIAGE-
    MORE LIKE A FEW WEEKS AT A TIME.
    I DON'T NEED A COMMITMENT,
    NOT WHEN I'M ABOUT TO ENTER MY PRIME.

    NICOLE

    YOU'RE LOOKING OVER MY SHOULDER-
    THE ROOM JUST GOT COLDER.
    THERE'S NO WAY YOU'RE GOING HOME ALONE.
    'CAUSE THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE BETTER ON YOUR PHONE.

    MARK

    WE BOTH KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING-
    WE'RE BOTH PROS AT THE GAME.
    WE'VE BEEN PLAYING SINCE HIGH SCHOOL-
    MAKING SURE WE DON'T END UP LOOKING LAME.

    NICOLE AND THE GIRL

    EVERYBODY NEEDS ACTION-
    NO ONE WANTS TO MISS OUT.
    I'LL TRADE DEPTH FOR ATTRACTION-
    NOW IT'S CLEAR YOU KNOW JUST WHAT I'M ABOUT.

    MARK

    WHO WANTS TO LOOK LIKE A LOSER-
    ADMITTING MY PROSPECTS ARE DIM?
    RISK THAT MY NIGHT IS A SNOOZER-
    WHEN I COULD END UP WITH HER, HER OR HIM?

    NICOLE

    I'M KEEPING MY OPTIONS OPEN
    RELATIONSHIPS ARE SO LAME.
    SORRY IT'S NOT WHAT YOU'RE HOPIN'-
    BUT AT THE END THERE'LL BE NO ONE TO BLAME.
    THAT'S WHY I'M LOOKING OVER YOUR SHOULDER
    NOW LET ME BE BOLDER-
    THERE'S NO WAY WE'RE GOING HOME ALONE.

    MARK AND NICOLE

    CAUSE THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE BETTER-
    YES THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING BETTER-
    AND THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE BETTER ON THE PHONE.

    MARK

    I guess that makes it clear.

    NICOLE

    Well, at least we both want the same thing.

    MARK

    Right. OK, well, have a good night. I'll see
    you tomorrow at the office.

    NICOLE

    Right, see you tomorrow.

    As the curtain closes, NICOLE is
    waving to her friends and going
    over to talk to them, and MARK is
    talking to the GIRL.


    SCENE 3


    NEXT DAY, BACK AT THE WALL STREET TRADING FLOOR.

    NICOLE and SHARON are talking.


    NICOLE

    Why did you leave so early last night?

    SHARON

    Early? Jeff got home an hour before me.

    NICOLE

    I forgot, you are now living in domestic bliss.

    SHARON

    And you, how did it go with Mark? You're not
    looking too tired. I hope that's because of
    youth and not because you had a boring night.

    NICOLE

    Sorry, it was boring. I'm just not ready for a
    relationship- neither of us are, it seems.

    SHARON

    What? Who's talking about a relationship? You
    just met! I was expecting a little fun, not a
    ring.

    NICOLE

    Yeah, well, it got awkward. I got a text from
    Brian-

    SHARON

    Ah, nothing like a text from your boss to kill
    the evening. Believe me, I've been there.

    NICOLE

    Yeah, well, it wasn't anything major- I could
    have handled it, but then I got a little
    distracted, and he got all defensive, and that
    was it.

    SHARON

    That was it?

    NICOLE

    Yes, that was it. That fucking Brian- can't he
    text one of the guys instead of me? Why is it
    that I'm always holding his hand?

    SHARON

    That's just how it is. Wall Street just hasn't
    evolved. They watch Mad Men and long for the
    good old days.

    NICOLE

    Well, it's bullshit. I'm sick of their
    attitudes, looking down on me when I'm kicking
    their ass. My returns are better than any of
    those pricks.

    SHARON

    You're telling me- I've been here a lot longer
    than you, been kicking ass since I arrived, and
    look where I am. Stuck. But you, you're coming
    at the right time. You may think things are bad
    now, but they've gotten exponentially better in
    the last few years. There may actually be hope
    for you.

    GLASS CEILING

    YOU'VE GOT TO BE A TOUGH BROAD
    YOU'VE GOT TO LET IT ALL SLIDE
    YOU CAN'T LET THESE GROWN UP FRAT BOYS
    STEP ON YOUR PRIDE.
    THEY'LL TRY TO KEEP UP-
    THEY CANT HANDLE THE PACE-
    THEN WHEN BONUS TIME COMES AROUND
    JUST SHOVE THAT PAYCHECK IN THEIR FACE.
    BUMP YOUR HEAD ON THE GLASS CEILING
    JUST BE SURE TO LEAVE A CRACK-
    IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO STOP CONCEALING
    ALL THOSE PROFITS AND YOUR RACK.

    NICOLE

    I WISH IT WERE GLASS-
    FEELS A LOT MORE LIKE LEAD.
    I'VE GOT TO SAY I'VE HAD ENOUGH OF BANGING MY HEAD
    THEY CANT LOOK AT MY EYES.
    THEY STUTTER AND BLUSH.
    IT'S LIKE BEING BACK IN HIGH SCHOOL
    AND ALL THE NERDS HAVE THE SAME CRUSH.
    I'VE GOT TO BE A LITTLE CAUTIOUS-
    IT'S THE SYSTEM THAT'S TO BLAME.
    BUT I WANT THAT CORNER OFFICE
    SO I NEED TO PLAY THE GAME.

    NICOLE AND SHARON

    IT'S A MERITOCRACY-
    WHAT A LOAD OF HYPOCRISY.
    WE'VE GOT THE LOOKS AND BRAINS AND MAKE LOTS OF MONEY.
    NO LACK OF AMBITION-
    JUST NO RECOGNITION
    THAT WE KILL IT EVERY QUARTER WHILE YOU'RE CALLING US HONEY.

    SHARON

    THINGS COULD BE WORSE.
    EVERY JOB HAS ITS WARTS.
    YOU COULD BE SITTING BACK IN RESEARCH WRITING REPORTS.
    YOU'RE WEARING CHANEL.
    YOU DO YOUR SHOPPING AT SAKS.
    DON'T THINK I'M CAVING IN- THESE ARE JUST FACTS.
    I WANT TO BREAK THROUGH THAT GLASS CEILING
    AND IT'S COOL TO SEE YOU TRY.
    BUT WHEN MOST PEOPLE HEAR YOUR STORY
    I DON'T THINK THEY'RE GONNA CRY.

    NICOLE

    SURE I'VE GOT A NICE LIFE.
    NO ONE FORCED ME TO CHOOSE.
    I COULD BE OUT IN PALO ALTO
    WEARING COMFORTABLE SHOES.
    I COULD BE MORE RELAXED
    BUT DON'T THINK I'M MISLED;
    I'D STILL BE UNDER THE GLASS CEILING
    BANGING MY HEAD.
    IF I LEAN IN ANY DEEPER,
    I'LL BE FALLING ON MY FACE.
    IT'LL TAKE MORE THAN GOOD POSTURE
    TO MAKE CHANGES IN THIS PLACE.

    They exit as MARK, VIPUL, and
    ANDREW enter
    .


    VIPUL

    So, how did it go last night? I have to say I'm
    impressed- only been here a day and already
    getting Nicole's attention. It took me months!

    ANDREW

    All that buildup for the one instant of
    rejection. Probably could have spent that time
    better elsewhere.

    VIPUL

    At least I have something outside this office.
    All you want to do is hug that terminal.

    ANDREW

    I don't know -things are getting pretty
    stressful around here, with the SEC, the new
    bonus numbers. Sometimes I think I should just
    move over to research. Must less stressful.

    MARK

    Research? Is that how you want to spend your
    days, calling people and writing reports? No
    way- I'll take the stress, as long as it comes
    with action.

    VIPUL

    And a nice bonus! Last year they totally
    screwed me- I had returns like nobody else in
    the whole group but barely got above the
    minimum. Larry said it was because the whole
    group underperformed- why should I be punished
    for these losers? Just a bit of recognition,
    that's all I'm asking for.

    MARK

    Recognition would be nice. But for me, there's
    only one thing that would make me a success,
    that would make taking all this crap worth it.

    ANDREW

    And that would be?

    MARK

    Same as all of you- I want to find that trade.
    I want to sit in the Hurwitz chair.

    ANDREW

    Goood luck- that thing has been empty for years-
    and with all the new regulations and worse, all
    the data avaialble to anyone with a Bloomberg,
    it's never going to happen.

    VIPUL

    He's right. So let's talk about more short-term
    goals. What happened with Nikki?

    MARK

    What happened- it was really weird. We were
    talking, things seemed to be going well- she
    even opened up about her last relationship.

    VIPUL

    Ah, yeah, that ended badly.

    ANDREW

    It's tough for women like her. The younger guys
    can't handle a woman making more than them, and
    the older ones want a trophy wife.

    MARK

    Yeah, well, however it ended, she got a text
    from her boss-

    VIPUL

    Brian. Man, he has a talent. He can ruin an
    evening without even being there!

    MARK

    And then she started looking at her phone, and
    got totally distracted, and that was it.

    ANDREW

    What do you mean that was it? She got
    distracted and then got up to leave?

    MARK

    No, she just got distracted and made some
    comment about her friends being there.

    VIPUL

    And that was your signal to let the night end?

    MARK

    Yeah- I figured, if her phone was more
    important than me...

    VIPUL

    Are you serious? Are you listening to yourself?
    Dude, she looked at her phone for a minute -
    OK, maybe 2. You're telling me you've never
    done that before?

    MARK

    Well, yes I have, but the way she did it...

    ANDREW

    Mark, you need to take a step back. Put this in
    perspective. She just looked at her phone!

    MARK

    OK, maybe you're right. I overreacted.

    VIPUL

    No kidding. Let me tell you something- you need
    to build up your defenses a little bit more. An
    ego that's so easily bruised won't last very
    long around here.

    As they are talking, NICOLE walks
    by


    ANDREW

    If you're going to react like this to every
    slight-

    NICOLE

    Are you two complaining about your bonuses
    again? Poor babies.

    VIPUL

    Nikki, you know it's not only about the money.
    It's about the recognition. About acknowledging
    the work we do.

    NICOLE

    Hey, it could be worse- at least they don't ask
    you to make travel reservations.

    ANDREW

    Or text you in the middle of a magical evening!
    (Nicole is not amused)

    MARK

    (akwardly)

    Hi Nicole- how did it go with your friends last
    night?

    NICOLE

    It went fine. We had a few drinks and went
    home. How did it go with that girl you were
    talking to?

    ANDREW

    You- you didn't tell us there was another girl.

    VIPUL

    (after elbowing ANDREW)

    Hey, well, we have to get back to work, right
    Andrew? See you two later- maybe back at
    Johnny's tonight?

    ANDREW and VIPUL leave.


    MARK

    She was nice. A little too eager to meet a Wall
    Street guy though.

    NICOLE

    Oh, I thought she was more of the actor type.

    MARK

    Ha ha. Yeah, well, we had a few drinks but I
    got tired and went home. Once she found out
    that I was just starting out, she lost
    interest.

    NICOLE

    Funny the things that can distract people.

    MARK

    Look, Nicole, I'm sorry I got so worked up
    about you looking at your phone. I think it was
    all the stress- the first day, trying to figure
    out what exactly I'm doing, that perfume you
    were wearing...

    NICOLE

    Nice try. Listen Mark- you will do great here,
    I'm sure. And who knows, maybe there is a great
    guy under that mass of insecurity. But let's be
    clear- I don't want you to waste your time.
    Even if I could manage balancing this job and a
    social life, I'm not dating anyone at work.
    It's just a rule I have.

    MARK

    I can respect that, but what kind of rule is
    that? And how long have you worked here- like a
    year? Are you going to let some arbitrary rule
    like that stand in the way of something great?

    NICOLE

    It just makes it easier.

    MARK

    We are too young to take the easy route! Look
    at this place- look at this job.
    It's exciting but it's soulless, and the
    pressure can eat you alive. We need something-
    someone - to distract us from it. Or at least
    to make it easier to deal with, staring at that
    terminal and yelling all day.

    NICOLE

    You are a good salesman. And you may have a
    point, but I'm sticking with the rule.

    MARK

    Like I said, I respect that, and I'll keep a
    respectful distance, but I'm not giving up. I
    really think you are making a mistake.


    SOLD ON YOU

    FROM THE TIME I WAS A CHILD
    TALKING BACK AND RUNNING WILD
    THERE WAS ONE THING I COULD DO WITHOUT FAIL.
    NEED TWO HOURS MORE FOR CURFEW,
    SO THEY WON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO?
    THEY WOULD ALWAYS COME TO ME TO CLOSE THE SALE.
    I COULD TALK MY WAY OUT OF ANY SITUATION
    NO CLERK HAS EVER CHECKED MY ID.
    GAVE MY PARENTS FITS, GAVE MY FRIENDS ALL CONSTERNATION
    BUT I NEVER HAD A TEACHER GIVE ME LESS THAN A "B".
    I WAS SO DAMN SMOOTH THAT IT ALL WAS TOO EASY
    TAKE A GIRL FROM BAR TO BED IN AN HOUR.
    I DON'T WANT TO SEEM RUDE
    I KNOW IT SOUNDS SLEAZY,
    I HAVE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MY OWN SUPERPOWER.
    NOW I'VE GOT THIS FEELING
    I'M GETTING OUT OF MY RANGE
    I'M NOT SURE THAT I KNOW WHAT TO DO.
    NO MORE DOUBLE DEALING-
    LOOK I KNOW THIS SOUNDS STRANGE-
    I CAN SELL ANYTHING, AND I'M SOLD ON YOU.

    NICOLE

    YOU THINK THIS IS THE FIRST TIME
    A GUY'S COME UP TO ME,
    AND TOLD ME I AM THE ONE?
    I KNOW YOU'VE GOT A FRISSON AND MY PERFUME'S SUBLIME
    BUT COME ON - DO I LOOK LIKE I'M DUMB?
    WHEN YOU LOOK THE WAY THAT I DO
    THERE'S NO PLACE THAT YOU CAN GO TO
    WITHOUT HEARING A LINE
    OF HOW MY BEAUTY'S TRANSCENDENT.
    I'VE HAD A COUPLE YEARS OF PRACTICE
    SO I KNOW JUST WHAT THE ACT IS-
    YOU CAN GIVE IT A REST,
    I'M NOBODY'S DEPENDENT.
    IT'S HARD TO SEE BEYOND MY CUP SIZE
    OR HOW MY DRESS GOES WITH MY GREEN EYES.
    I FEEL FOR YOU , BUT THAT'S KIND OF WEAK.
    HOW CAN SOMEONE WITH MY APPEARANCE
    DISSECT A TRADE WITH SUCH COHERENCE?
    GOTTA GIVE THANKS TO MOTHER NATURE,
    BECAUSE I AM A FREAK.
    I'VE GOT A SIMILAR FEELING
    AND IT'S RIGHT IN MY RANGE-
    I LIKE HOW WHEN I STARTED TALKING YOU FROZE.
    I CAN SEE THAT YOU'RE REELING
    BUT PLEASE-DON'T EVER CHANGE
    USE IT AS INSPIRATION- THE ONE SALE YOU COULDN'T CLOSE.

    MARK AND NICOLE

    (alternating)

    YOU SAID INSPIRATION-
    -I'VE SAID WORSE BEFORE
    MORE LIKE MOTIVATION
    -AS IF YOU NEEDED MORE
    THERE'S NO WAY I'M GIVING UP THE CHASE.
    -YOU ARE SUCH A CHARMER
    I'VE HEARD THAT ONE TOO
    -BUT THERE'S NO CHINK IN MY ARMOR
    I'M COMING BACK FOR YOU
    -TAKE A LOOK AT THE EXPRESSION ON MY FACE
    -THERE'S A SINGLE CONCLUSION, TO BREAK THROUGH THE DELUSION
    -THERE'S NO SHAME IF YOU TRY AND YOU FAIL
    THERE'S NO WAY THAT I'M GOING TO FAIL
    -YOU'RE NOT CLOSING THIS SALE
    I AM CLOSING THIS SALE.

    MARK

    I just want you to know, I don't see you as
    some sort of transaction to complete- it's just
    the mindset...

    NICOLE

    Don't worry. I'm nobody's transaction. But I
    like your persistence. Maybe you're right about
    the rule.

    MARK

    I certainly hope so. So, are you free tonight?

    NICOLE

    Give me some time to think about it- maybe...

    MARK's phone goes off- he's
    received a text


    MARK

    That's strange- who would be texting me now?
    Let me check...

    He looks up from his phone,
    surprised.


    Sorry, Nikki- this is about as hypocritical as
    you can get, but I have to go. Let me know
    about tonight, OK?

    NICOLE

    (taken aback)
    Is everything OK?


    MARK

    Yes, sure, everything's fine. I just have to
    take care of something- I'll be back right
    after lunch.

    NICOLE

    OK, I'll let you know about tonight.

    SCENE 4


    THAT AFTERNOON- A RESTAURANT IN THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT.


    RANDY is sitting at a table,
    waiting for MARK, who enters and
    joins him
    .


    RANDY

    Thanks for coming- sorry about the short
    notice.

    MARK

    It was pretty surprising. I mean, when you said
    it would be good to catch up, I didn't really
    expect you to follow through!

    RANDY

    It's been too long. And all this activity-
    starting the company, the IPO, the investors-
    has been making me crazy. I wanted to talk to
    someone who knew me from before, when I was
    just a WASP looking to spend daddy's money.

    MARK

    I can see why- nobody, least of all me,
    expected you to actually spend your family's
    money wisely. I figured your trip around the
    world would be more about yachts and
    supermodels.

    RANDY

    I probably expected that too, and it was, for
    the first few weeks. But it got boring after a
    while- and besides, something changed in me
    along the way.

    MARK

    Well, whatever it was, sounds like it turned
    out well for everyone involved. That IPO was
    really impressive.

    RANDY

    Yes, people were pretty floored- especially my
    dad. His expectations were not much higher than
    yours when I started out. So, what about you?
    How are you liking your first few days in the
    big leagues?

    MARK

    It's fine- pretty much what I expected. Pretty
    tense, pretty high stress, and very
    competitive. Everyone thinks they're underpaid
    and underappreciated. It's pretty much like
    hanging out with my dad every day.

    RANDY

    Here's to fathers and exceeding their
    expectations!

    MARK

    Cheers. So, Randy, look, I'm glad to catch up,
    but it doesn't feel like much of an emergency.
    Why did you send me that text?

    RANDY

    That text- yeah, sorry if it sounded overly
    dramatic. I guess I really needed some
    anchoring, to talk to someone who doesn't want
    anything from me. These last few months have
    been so difficult... I guess it was the stress.
    You're right- my bad. I hope I didn't pull you
    away from anything too important.

    MARK

    No, just trying to make up with Nicole- you
    remember her? From the bar?

    RANDY

    Oh, crap- that was really bad timing on my
    part! Why didn't you just not answer the text?
    And why did you have to make up with her?
    You've only been working together a few days-
    you pissed her off already?

    MARK

    Actually it was because of a text. I got worked
    up when she got distracted...forget it. I think
    we're both over it.

    RANDY

    You still could have ignored mine.

    MARK

    I figured after all this time, you asking me to
    meet must have been something pretty important.

    RANDY

    You are right. You know, we had an amazing IPO.
    The early investors were ecstatic, and we
    really made a mark for the green lifestyle.

    MARK

    Yes, I know.

    RANDY

    Well, those first few weeks were pretty
    euphoric, but then the shorts started going
    after us. The usual news- loosening
    environmental regulations, Koch brothers, India
    and China- all of this making green energy less
    competitive.

    MARK

    OK. So you want me to use my amazing
    salesmanship to get the Chinese to change their
    policies?

    RANDY

    If anyone could do it, it would be you. No,
    it's just that now the stock is down, below the
    IPO price.

    MARK

    That happens- look at Facebook. I'm sure you'll
    rebound like they did.

    RANDY

    Yes, but our board isn't as patient. They want
    a big move, or something to get us back moving
    in the right direction- to send am message to
    the Street that we're resilient.

    MARK

    OK- I still don't see where I come in.

    RANDY

    Well, having Morgan Stanley take a big stake in
    GreenCo would really send a message.
    Even if it's a short-term position- like really
    short term.

    MARK

    And who will get the money to take this big
    stake?

    RANDY

    The greatest salesman I've ever met. Who soon
    will be the greatest trader. Besides, this is a
    winning proposition for everyone.

    MARK

    Let me ask you again- where will the money come
    from?

    RANDY

    I'm sure you can make it happen. Besides, we
    have a big announcement coming out soon- a big
    contract in Europe.

    MARK

    So why not just wait for that?

    RANDY

    The board isn't convinced that it'll be enough.
    And there's pressure- if the price doesn't go
    up quickly, they'll try to push me out. I don't
    want to lose control of my company- not after
    all the hard work I put into it.

    MARK

    So, we don't see each other for years, we meet
    by chance, and now you're asking me to risk my
    career to help you out? Actually, you haven't
    changed that much.

    RANDY

    Believe me, I have. Mark, come on, this will
    work out well for everyone. You'll make a
    splash, get some recognition- show them you're
    not just another robot with an Ivy league
    degree. I'll keep my company. Everybody wins.

    MARK

    You're forgetting one thing- the SEC is camped
    out in our offices!

    RANDY
    I know, but they're not after you, and that's
    why it's perfect. They're not looking to go
    after some small-time, newly arrived trader
    with no track record and no influence in the
    company.

    MARK

    When you put it that way...

    RANDY

    You know what I mean. Seriously, if anyone can
    pull this off- between your salesmanship and
    your wits- it is you.

    MARK

    It would be an amazing way to start out. And it
    would get the right kind of attention. And
    you're right, the SEC isn't really looking at
    our desk. And even if they were, how hard could
    it be to outsmart them?

    RANDY

    You'd not only be outsmarting them, you'd be
    outsmarting the market.

    MARK

    That would be awesome. Maybe even get me to the
    Hurwitz chair...

    RANDY

    The what?

    MARK

    Oh, nothing.

    RANDY

    Don't pass this up Mark- you'll regret it.

    MANIPULATION

    IT TAKES A LOT OF CAPITAL
    TO TRY AND CHANGE THE WORLD-
    AND NO ONE SAID THAT GOING GREEN WAS CHEAP.
    BUT I'VE GOT SO MUCH PASSION,
    THAT MY BRAIN FEELS KIND OF SWIRLED
    BECAUSE OUR NEGATIVE CASH FLOW LINE'S SO STEEP.
    WE'RE DOWN TO OUR LAST ASSETS-
    THE VC WELL'S RUN DRY.
    THINK OF ALL THOSE KIDS WITH POLIO-
    IT MAKES ME WANT TO CRY
    (YOU KNOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS CAUSING A RESURGENCE)
    OUR DREAM'S SO FULL OF FACETS,
    LIKE A DIAMOND IN YOUR EYE.
    SO TAKE OUR LITTLE STOCK HERE,
    ITS VOLUME'S KIND OF THIN.
    BUT IT'S POISED TO GET TO FIFTH GEAR,
    AND HERE'S WHERE YOU COME IN--

    A BIT OF MANIPULATION
    COULD HELP IN OUR SITUATION
    A NICE RUN UP WOULD PUT US IN THE BLACK.
    JUST A BIT OF MANIPULATION -
    NO NEED FOR A CONFLAGRATION
    AND WHEN IT'S OVER,
    YOU KNOW I'D PAY YOU BACK.

    MARK

    SO YOU'RE SERIOUS.
    IT'S TAKEN TIME AND MONEY
    TO GET ME WHERE I AM,
    AND WORKING HERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY DREAM.
    YOU'RE ASKING ME TO TAKE A RISK,
    AND YOU DON'T GIVE A DAMN.
    AS LONG AS I CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR SCHEME.
    IT'S NOT THAT I CAN'T DO IT,
    IT'S NOT EXACTLY TOUGH.
    I WORK ON MOVING NUMBERS EVERY DAY.
    IT'S JUST THAT I CANT RISK IT ALL
    FOR YOUR DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
    YOU CAN GET THE CASH- JUST FIND ANOTHER WAY.
    I'M NOT INTO MANIPULATION,
    NO MATTER THE SITUATION,
    THOUGH IN THIS CASE IT'D REALLY BE A SNAP.

    DON'T HAVE TO CALL IT MANIPULATION,
    JUST A BIT OF PRICE INFLATION
    AND AT THIS SCALE NO ONE WOULD GIVE A CRAP.

    RANDY

    I SEE THE WHEELS ARE TURNING,
    I SEE YOU'VE CAUGHT THE BUG.
    I KNEW I COULD CONVERT YOU TO THE CAUSE.
    IN ME THE FIRE'S BURNING,
    BUT WITH THIS HOLE WE'VE DUG,
    OUR CREDITORS ARE READY TO HIT PAUSE.
    YOU'LL END UP WITH A FAN CLUB,
    A LEGEND ON THE STREET
    A ROBIN HOOD - WHOSE STORY COULD COMPARE?
    JUST MOVE A COUPLE NUMBERS-
    I KNOW YOU'LL BE DISCREET
    YOU'LL SAVE THE PLANET- THEY CAN HAVE THE HURWITZ CHAIR.
    IT'S JUST A LITTLE MANIPULATION,
    THEN SOME PERMANENT ADULATION.
    THERE'S NO ONE ELSE WHO I WOULD-THINK TO ASK.
    A LITTLE TOUCH OF MANIPULATION-
    I'M NOT TALKING SOME ABERRATION.
    IT'S CLEAR THAT YOU'RE THE RIGHT MAN FOR THIS TASK.

    MARK

    I'D REALLY LIKE TO HELP YOU-
    I THINK IT CAN BE DONE,
    AND GLOBAL WARMING KEEPS ME UP AT NIGHT.
    I'VE ALWAYS LIKED A CHALLENGE-
    THIS MIGHT ACTUALLY BE FUN
    AS FOR GETTING CAUGHT,
    THE ODDS ARE PRETTY SLIGHT.
    FORGET IT, YOU'VE CONVINCED ME,
    I'LL START THE PLAN NEXT WEEK
    THE MEANS ARE VINDICATED BY THE ENDS.
    IT'LL ALMOST BE INVISIBLE,
    AT MOST A LITTLE TWEAK-BESIDES,

    MARK AND RANDY

    JUST A BIT OF MANIPULATION, THEN SOME PERMANENT ADULATION...
    WHAT'S A BIT OF MANIPULATION-
    WHAT'S A BIT OF MANIPULATION....
    BETWEEN FRIENDS?

    They shake hands and exit to
    opposite ends of the stage.


    SCENE 6


    THE TRADING FLOOR, A FEW MINUTES LATER.

    MARK is hurrying back to his desk
    when he sees NICOLE.


    MARK

    (distracted)

    Hi Nicole.

    NICOLE

    Hi Mark. Wow that must have been some meeting.
    You look like you just ran a marathon.

    MARK

    Meeting- yeah it was pretty intense. But now
    I'm back.

    NICOLE

    Indeed you are - right here.

    MARK

    I mean I'm back and ready to work.

    NICOLE

    I know what you meant. Listen, I've been
    thinking about the whole phone incident.

    MARK

    (still distracted)

    Uh huh-

    NICOLE

    I'm ready to put it behind me if you are.

    MARK

    (no longer distracted)
    That - that would be great. I am totally ready
    to do that.

    NICOLE

    So, the offer still stands?

    MARK

    The offer- yes, yes it does. Would you like to
    go to dinner after work?

    NICOLE

    That would be lovely. And best of all, Brian is
    on vacation so shouldn't be getting any texts
    from him.

    MARK

    Maybe you can have one of your friends text
    you, just so I can prove I'm really over it.

    NICOLE

    We don't need to go that far.

    MARK

    You're right. I'll message you when I'm
    wrapping things up, OK?

    NICOLE

    Great, see you later.

    NICOLE exits. MARK is ecstatic. He
    heads back to his desk runs into
    VIPUL, ANDREW, and LARRY.


    VIPUL

    Mark, where have you been? You weren't here to
    buy us lunch.

    LARRY

    Yeah, we were looking all over for you. Next
    time you run out in the middle of the day, let
    someone know.

    MARK

    Sorry, it was an emergency- but you're right, I
    should have told you.

    LARRY

    Or at least answered your phone.

    MARK

    Honestly, I didn't even hear it ring or buzz or
    anything.

    ANDREW

    So what was the big emergency?

    MARK

    Oh, nothing- had to help out a friend.

    ANDREW

    Did you help him move or something? You look
    like you just ran a marathon.

    MARK

    No, nothing like that-just had to help him plan
    to get out of a tough situation. But you know
    the best part of it? On the way back in I ran
    into Nicole.

    VIPUL

    Now that explains why you're looking so
    flustered.

    MARK

    Yeah, well the stars were aligned, and we are
    going out tonight after work.

    ANDREW

    So that's not flustered but anticipation.

    VIPUL

    Actually it's good you weren't around. T.B. is
    in full G-man mode.

    LARRY

    Yeah, he really ruined our lunch.

    ANDREW

    Spent the last hour talking about how he's got
    all these new techniques, all these ways to
    detect irregularities

    LARRY

    And all the pressure they're putting on him to
    come up with something here.

    VIPUL

    I keep telling him, he's right here on site-
    what the hell does he think is going to happen?
    People here like risk, but not that kind.

    LARRY

    Mark, you're looking a little flustered again.
    Or are you just thinking about tonight?

    MARK

    No, honestly, I feel great. I must be the
    anticipation, not just for tonight. On the way
    back from lunch I had some great ideas- just
    like inspiration, out of the blue.

    LARRY

    Not bad for the first day- I just hope they're
    legit. Don't you to be TB's next victim.

    MARK
    UPSIDE

    I'M CHANNELING HUBIE BROWN
    AND THE CASH FLOWS ARE TORRENTIAL.
    IT'S A DEAL YOU CANT TURN DOWN-
    IT'S GOT TREMENDOUS; UPSIDE; POTENTIAL
    IT'S LIKE ANY OTHER PROSPECT,
    IT NEEDS COACHING AND SOME CARE.
    IT MIGHT SEEM A LITTLE SUSPECT,
    BUT THE VALUATION'S FAIR.
    YOU CAN LAUGH AT MY CONVICTION;
    I WILL STICK WITH MY PREDICTION.
    THERE'S NO WAY I'M LOOKING BACK-
    I'M ON THE UPSIDE.

    LARRY

    LET ME TELL A LITTLE STORY
    I HEARD AT MY DADDY'S KNEE.
    LIFE'S A PICTURE OUT OF GOREY
    IF YOU CROSS THE SEC.
    SO WHEN TEMPTATION'S CALLING,
    DON'T GET TAKEN FOR A RIDE.
    STAY FOCUSED LIKE A LEICA ON THE UPSIDE.
    ON YOUR FIRST DAY AS A TRADER,
    THE BLOOMBERG'S GLOWING WITH THAT HUE.
    IT'S LIKE LEADING YOUR FIRST SEDER
    BE THE WISE SON WE LOOK TO.
    SOON YOU'RE THINKING OF YOUR BONUS,
    AND YOU'RE STANDING THERE WITH PRIDE.
    DON'T LET ANYTHING DISTRACT YOU FROM THE UPSIDE.

    VIPUL

    SOME PEOPLE START TO BURN OUT,
    AFTER SIX MONTHS OR A YEAR.
    SOME PEOPLE AREN'T WIRED,
    TO LIVE IN A CONSTANT STATE OF FEAR.
    SOME PEOPLE GO TO RESEARCH,
    WITH THEIR TAILS BETWEEN THEIR LEGS.
    THOSE PEOPLE AREN'T TRADERS,
    THEY'RE MORE OR LESS THE DREGS.

    LARRY

    LET ME SCHOOL YOU ON A TOPIC,
    JUST IN CASE YOU'RE FEELING FRAIL.
    LET YOUR GAINS BE MICROSCOPIC-
    IT'S A BETTER CHOICE THAN JAIL.
    SOME WILL TRY TO CUT THE CORNERS,
    WE JUST TAKE IT ALL IN STRIDE.
    THERE'S NO WAY I'M GOING DOWN, THERE'S ONLY UPSIDE.

    ANDREW

    UP TO NOW WAS JUST REHEARSAL-
    THAT I'M SURE WAS TIME WELL SPENT-
    FOR A DREAM THAT'S UNIVERSAL:
    TIME TO JOIN THE 1 PERCENT.
    IT'S A DREAM THAT BUILT THIS COUNTRY,
    THERE'S NO REASON YOU SHOULD HIDE-
    YOU'RE NOT ALONE-
    EVERYBODY'S LOOKING FOR THE UPSIDE.
    SOME PEOPLE ARE UNHAPPY,
    WITH THE LEVEL OF OUR PAY.
    SOME PEOPLE THINK IT'S AWFUL
    THAT THE WORLD SHOULD BE THIS WAY.

    LARRY

    SOME PEOPLE WANT TO PROTEST-
    NOW I DON'T MEAN TO BRAG, BUT
    THOSE PEOPLE RIDE THE SUBWAY;
    I'M CHAUFFEURED IN A JAG.

    VIPUL, LARRY, AND ANDREW

    EVERYBODY'S GOT AN ANGLE,
    WHEN THEY'RE CRAWLING TO THE TOP.
    THERE ARE SOME YOU WANT TO STRANGLE-
    DON'T PUT YOURSELF DOWN IN THE SLOP.
    KEEP YOUR MIND OFF THE DISTRACTION
    OR PRETTY SOON YOUR BRAIN GETS FRIED
    FOCUS ON THE MAIN ATTRACTION -
    THAT'S THE UPSIDE.

    MARK

    I'VE BEEN DREAMING OF THIS MOMENT-
    20 YEARS OR MAYBE MORE.
    I'VE BEEN BUILDING EACH COMPONENT,
    ALL TO MAKE THAT PERFECT SCORE.
    I APPRECIATE THE WARNINGS,
    AND I'LL TAKE THEM ALL IN STRIDE-
    THERE'S NO WAY I'M GOING DOWN-
    I'M ON THE UPSIDE.

    ALL

    TAKE A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE
    WE'RE ALL STANDING THERE WITH PRIDE
    NOTHING'S STANDING IN OUR WAY
    THERE'S ONLY UPSIDE.


    As VIPUL, LARRY and ANDREW repeat
    the last verse, MARK walks over to
    his desk, singing the last verse
    to himself.


    MARK

    What a first week...Thank you GreenCo!

    CURTAIN COMES DOWN.

    END OF ACT 1
    © Michael Cantor 2017