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Eastern Standard



Four Manhattan yuppies strike up a friendship in a chic uptown restaurant after a bag lady involves them in an altercation. A month later, the four self-involved Manhattanites (three men and one woman), having fallen instantly in love with one another, converge at a seaside residence, hoping to alleviate their shared sense of alienation and purposelessness with a misguided attempt at rehabilitating May, the bag lady who brought them all together. In their pretense at public mindedness, they all seek either an escape from their own problems or redemption from the lives they used to live. How do you tell the man who’s eagerly pursuing you, and whom you really love, that you have the AIDS virus? How does your sister react to the news of your illness when she’s trying to start a new relationship of her own? How does an immensely successful architect make amends to society for years of blotting our cities’ skylines with his postmodern monstrosities? And can all these questions really be answered by taking May off her medication and teaching her about the finer things in life, like preparing place settings for a dinner party? Ultimately not, and in the end, sobered but still game, the two couples, one heterosexual, one homosexual, have remained together to drink a toast to the “accidental happiness” that, with luck, may still come their way.

Character Breakdown

Stephen(M) very successful architect
Drew(M) rising avant guarde artist, unrequitedly in love with Phoebe
Phoebe(F) successful stock broker
Peter(M) television excecutive, Phoebe's brother
Ellen(F) long suffering actress,waitress
May(F) schizophrenic bag lady