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Creepin' (Of Sushi and Porn)
Overheard at Bazara...

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A series of mini-dramas based on public conversations, as overheard and rewritten by local playwright/director Aurora Stewart de Peña.

Overheard at Bazara

A table of people in their mid-twenties, none of them with any particularly outstanding features or garments, pass long, rectangular plates of expensive sushi.

Aviva: This is the one with the pine nut and avocado. 

Marshall takes a roll between to silver chopsticks. He goes to dunk it in soy and wasabi.

Aviva: No don’t!

Ian: (across the table) No, she’s right. It doesn’t need soy.

Marshall puts the roll in his mouth, chewing like a thoughtful professor.

He swallows.

Marshall: It’s…

Aviva and Ian watch him. Marshall tilts his head up to the ceiling, presumably thinking about what’s just happened in his mouth.

Marshall: It’s unexpected.

Aviva: Yes!

Ian: Definitely.

Aviva: You don’t expect it. You don’t expect the pine nut.

Ian: I think that one’s my favourite.

Pause. 

Ian: So what was it you said you were up to these days?

Marshall: I’m curating content for a porn website.

Pause.

Aviva: Oh, so you…

Aviva trails off.

Marshall: I go through the pictures and videos we get submitted to us and decide what goes up.

The whole table is looking at Marshall, now.

Ian: Oh man. That is an amazing job.

Aviva whacks Ian lightly on the arm. 

Ian: Do you ever, like… do you ever… get to meet the girls?

Marshall: I mean, yeah, sometimes. But it’s not like–

Ian: Dream job!

Marshall: No, not really man. I mean you look at it all day, it starts to look like just … I don’t know, big tits, spread legs, cum shot, whatever.

Aviva: Seriously?

Marshall: It’s all just inventory.

Aviva nods. She picks up another long, rectangular plate full of expensive sushi.

Aviva: Have you tried this one with the mango and butterfish?

Marshall takes a roll.

Aviva: You do want a bit of the soy and wasabi with that.

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Aurora Stewart de Peña is half of the theatre company Birdtown & Swanville (the other half is Nika Mistruzzi). You can follow her on Twitter at @Aurorahhh.

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