The Korvack Conspiracy by Paul Thain


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THE KORVACK CONSPIRACY

(A SHORT SEQUENCE OF ELECTRONIC PIPS.)

ANNOUNCER :

(A RAPID, URGENT SERIES OF PIPS.

OVER, WE HEAR FEMALE, METALLIC)

VOICE :  File is Classified.  Do you have clearance?

(MORE PIPS)

VOICE :  You have access.

VOICE :  The Korvack Conspiracy began in New York on the night of July 23rd

(MORE PIPS)

TELEPHONE INTERCEPT START TONE

(AMERICAN TELEPHONE RINGING OUT)


LUCKY : Yeh ?

KORVACK : Me again. How much longer?

LUCKY : Mr Korvack -

KORVACK : When do I get to see him ?

LUCKY : When youí re told .

KORVACK : Look, canít you - ?


LUCKY :      You see him when you’re told.

(LUCKY HANGS UP. DISENGAGED TONE)

(TELEPHONE INTERCEPT END TONE)

VOICE :  Call intercepted.

TELEPHONE INTERCEPT START TONE.

(AMERICAN TELEPHONE RINGING OUT.)

LUCKY :    Yeh ?

KORVACK :  Korvack.

LUCKY :      Listen, Mr Korvack -

KORVACK :    No - you listen, I’m tired of -

(DISENGAGED TONE)

(TELEPHONE INTERCEPT END TONE)

VOICE :  Call intercepted.

TELEPHONE INTERCEPT START TONE

(AMERICAN TELEPHONE RINGS OUT)

KORVACK :  Hello ?

LUCKY :   That you Korvack ?

KORVACK :    Speaking.


LUCKY :     He’ll see you tonight. You’ll be picked up at eight.

KORVACK :    Tonight?

(TELEPHONE INTERCEPT END TONE)

VOICE :  Call intercepted.

SURVEILLANCE START TONE


(NEW YORK APARTMENT - HIGH ABOVE NIGHT TRAFFIC

LUCKY ENTERS)

LUCKY:     ... Mr Gordinni ?  Mr Gordinni ...

GORDINNI :    ... in the bathroom.

LUCKY :      He’s here Mr Gordinni.

(W.C. FLUSHES)

GORDINNI :    What ?

LUCKY :      Korvack.

(GORDINNI ENTERS FROM BATHROOM)

GORDINNI : So how do you figure him ?

LUCKY :     Aw, you know ... English - tight, wound up, looks like he has a
              poker up his -

(SURVEILLANCE END TONE)

SURVEILLANCE START TONE.


(NEW YORK APARTMENT)

GORDINNI : Good to meet you, Mr Korvack. Please - have a seat.

KORVACK :    Thank you.

GORDINNI : So ... How’d you find New York?

KORVACK : Filthy, crowded, noisy. Apart from that .. I hate the place.

GORDINNI : Prefer London, huh ?

KORVACK : Not particularly.

GORDINNI : (CHUCKLES.) Anyway, good to be out, right?

KORVACK 8 Right.

GORDINNI : Well, you certainly come highly recommended. Enrico says you’re some kind
                of genius, says you’re a man of ideas ...

KORVACK : No, no. Just one - one idea.

GORDINNI : Okay, so long as it’s good ...

KORVACK : Oh, it’s good.

GORDINNI : Hm, hm. Let’s, er, let’s have a drink,then you can - you can tell me
                all about it.

(SURVEILLANCE END TONE)
(SURVEILLANCE START)


(LONDON. FLAT. NORMA FURIOUSLY PACKS A SUITCASE.)

NORMA : Go fuck yourself. I’ll do no such thing !

ENRICO : You’ll do as I say, and if I say -

NORMA : - you say, you say. And who the hell are you ? I’m getting out. I’ve had about
as much of - Enrico, will you let go ?

ENRICO :  Last warning, Norma, or so help me I’ll -

NORMA :  You lay one more finger on me and I’m bringing in the Law. I mean it, now get out of my -

          (ENRICO GROANS WITH PAIN.)

NORMA :  For God’s sake, what’s - ?

ENRICO ... pain ... pain here ...

(HE CRUMPLES TO THE FLOOR, UPSETTING DRESSING-TABLE AND SPILLING ITS CONTENTS)

(HE’S DYING OF A HEART-ATTACK)

ENRICO   Don’t just stand there, call a ... Norma ... ambulance ... get a ...
            Norma ... Norma, please

(HE STRUGGLES FOR BREATH - A SHIP’S HORN SOUNDS)

ENRICO   Norma ...

(SURVEILLANCE END)

SURVEILLANCE START


(NEW YORK APARTMENT)

GORDINNI :  - there’s people enough in the goddam world - few more,
              few less, who cares ?

(TELEPHONE RINGS)

GORDINNI :  Will you sit on that!

              (HE SIGHS. DISTANT POLICE SIREN RECEDES)

GORDINNI :  How old are you, Korvack?  35?  40? Me , I’d killed seven men by your age.
              Two with my own hands. Ha! Now look at them. Arthritis. These claws couldn’t
              crack an egg. Lucky ..

LUCKY :      Sir ?

GORDINNI :    Bourbon. Sure you won’t join me ?

KORVACK :  Positive.

(AS LUCKY POURS DRINK)

GORDINNI :  Anyway, you need action, right ?

KORVACK :  I need your co-operation.

GORDINNI :  So convince me.
KORVACK :     A double hit - you here, me in London.

(GORDINNI CHUCKLES, LUCKY APPROACHES)

GORDINNI :  Oh yeh?  Leave it there, Lucky.  So what’s the target?

KORVACK :  A bank. A merchant bank.

GORDINNI :  Prison stewed your brain, Korvack?  Merchant banks don’t hold money.

KORVACK :  Precisely.

GORDINNI :  Precisely? What you mean precisely? Haven’t I just - ?

KORVACK :  I mean their Security isn’t quite so ... rigorous.

GORDINNI :  You come all the way from England just to - Damn !

(HIS GLASS FALLS)

GORDINNI :  See? No grip. Be sucking it through a freaking straw next.

LUCKY :      Get you another ?

GORDINNI :  . . no, no .. .

KORVACK :  Twenty million dollars ...

GORDINNI :  ... twenty ?

KORVAOK :     Probably more ...
GORDINNI :  Look, didn’t I just say -

KORVACK :  Mr Gordinni, we don’t steal the money, we steal the bank.

GORDINNI LAUGHS)

GORDINNI:    ... the bank ?

KORVACK :  Right. Then it gets even more funny.  Soon after, we give it back.

[end of extract]



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