The Optimum Oligarchy Orations (2020)

(Scenes between an imaginary American President, Don Gold, and a Russian counterpart — Vlad — sometime in 2020)

ACT ONE:

Scene: a swank penthouse with large glass windows overlooking Moscow at night. Two men walk in, one tall with golden weaved hair and an imperious attitude, followed by a taciturn, chisel-faced Russian with a measured demeanor.

Don: (walking and waving hands) There it is! In all its glory … the beautiful Moscow skyline. Lots more lights than when I was last here … years ago. When was it? The beauty pageant …