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Invention, The (Ierley) - Full Length Play, Drama

Invention, The (Ierley)

Merritt Ierley

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Full Length Play, Drama

10m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573701740

The inventor is Thomas A. Edison; the invention, a little known idea of his to build a device for communicating with the next life - a proposal he actually broached in Scientific American magazine. Bizarre but true. That is the story behind this drama, which traces important events in Edison's life with visits by such historical figures as Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and Matthew Brady, whose lives intersected with Edison's.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Biography

90 minutes

Time Period - 1920s

Settings Of Play - Edison's laboratory in West, Orange, N.J.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre

The inventor is Thomas A. Edison; the invention, a little known idea of his to build a device for communicating with the next life, a proposal he actually broached in Scientific American magazine. Bizarre but true. That is the story behind this drama, which intersperses events in Edison's life with visits by such historical figures as Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and Matthew Brady, whose lives intersected with Edison's. The human side of Edison comes to life.

Characters

CASTING

10m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Cross gender casting, Expandable casting

CASTING NOTES

Plus Ensemble

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

THOMAS A. EDISON - The inventor, age 73
VISITOR
LAB WORKER
SPECTATORS - Men and women
YOUNG EDISON - Age 31
ASSISTANTS - In Edison's laboratory
MATTHEW BRADY - The photographer, age 55
LEVIN HARDY - Brady's assistant
PHOTOGRAPH - Recorded sound (voice, etc.)
COLLEAGUE
MINA EDISON - Edison's second wife, age 54
HENRY FORD - The auto maker, age 57
HARVEY FIRESTONE - The tire manufacturer, age 52
SATO - Japanese chef
JOHN BURROUGHS - The naturalist, age 83
ATTENDANTS - At campsite
NIGHT WATCHMAN
VOICE - Offstage
NARRATOR - Epilogue only
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Merritt Ierley

Merritt Ierley is the author of 14 books and plays. His three plays for Samuel French—Eleanor for President, The Invention, and Three Hundred Leagues Over the Earth—all reflect on American history, as do most of his writings. Three books had forewords from the Smithsonian Institution, and two were undertaken with grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Mr. Ierley has given lectures at a ... view full profile

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