Plot & Details
A Los Angeles cafe is the setting for this ensemble piece performed largely by a group of San Francisco stage actors. Mark (Mark Boone Jr.) is the cafe's reigning caffeine king, churning out lattes for a group of customers that includes bag lady Ma (Tsai Chin), portly Jerry (Michael McShane), widowed mathematician Jack (Jim Haynie), and on-again, off-again lovers Maria (Regina Byrd Smith) and Hank (Richmond Arquette). Another regular is Clayton (Wood Harris), a part-time delivery man who has abandoned a promising career as an artist. One day, while on his delivery rounds, Clayton discovers a strange young woman cowering in a mud puddle; stopping to help her, he learns that she has been residing there since getting dumped from a car by a callous boyfriend. After getting herself cleaned up, the woman, named Precious (Sarah Lassez), takes up with Clayton, and the two start living together. Meanwhile, back at the cafe, other unlikely romances form, Ma tosses off holy-fool wisdom, and Hank and Maria wallow in lusty indecisiveness.