The deal

A comedy by Jean-Pierre Martinez

Translation by the author

Alex, a struggling playwright, contemplates abandoning his theatrical career as his comedies fail to garner interest. Just as he contemplates a shift to a more conventional job, a renowned Parisian producer contacts him, expressing eagerness to stage his latest play. It’s a golden opportunity for Alex to finally gain recognition. The producer plans to visit soon for him to sign an exclusivity contract.
However, this unexpected phone call is immediately followed by another. Fred, Alex’s friend who already holds the rights to the play, informs him that he is finally going to stage it. He has invested all his savings in renting a small theatre.
How can Alex delicately navigate the situation, persuading his amiable but less successful friend to abandon the project without it appearing as a betrayal to their longstanding friendship?

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