Improv 101 class in a small acting studio in NYC. Chris, Ayn Rand, and 3 other classmates stand in a circle. The teacher sits in a chair looking on.
Teacher: Ok, guys – let’s warm up with a game of zip, zap, zop. The first person points to someone else and says “zip”. The person who receives the “zip” points to someone else and says “zap”, the person who receives the “zap” points to someone else and says “zop”. Then back to “zip” and we keep going.
Classmate A: Zip! [points to Classmate B]
Classmate B: Zap! [points to Classmate C]
Classmate C: Zop! [points to Chris]
Chris: Zip! [points to Ayn Rand]
Ayn Rand: …
Ayn Rand steps away from the circle and walks to the window. She looks out thoughtfully
Ayn Rand: The “zip” is mine. Why should I be coerced to pass a hard-earned “zip” to some looter who, not knowing it’s true value, converts it to a “zap”?
Chris: Ayn, please get back in the circle. It’s just a warm up game. I mean, c’mon – who is John Gault?
Ayn snaps her head to stare at Chris. This is the nineteenth time she’s heard this question today.