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“The Failure of Success”

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Surls, Kenneth D. (American playwright, plumber, 1963-____), “The Failure of Success,”

a 40-minute comedy-drama in English, set in Great Bend, Kansas, U.S.A.; Airport in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.; Airplane, Various times, 2003,

3m1f (+ optional chorus)

; • © 2003 by Kenneth D. Surls; • in Kenneth D. Surls’ The Failure of Success (Wray, Colorado, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Kenneth D. Surls, 35299 County Road FF, Wray, Colorado 80758, U.S.A., e-mail kensworks@yahoo.com, telephone (home) 970-332-9832. • Cited by Kenneth D. Surls via ftp February 15, 2004; Surls says,

§ Dramatis Personae Danny Martin (m), 28, successful software programmer; Richard Wyerman (m), 28, founder and president of the R. J. Wyerman Foundation; Eugene Brown (m), 28, janitor of the Great Bend (Kansas) High School; Patrice Goddard (f), 28, nurse living in Great Bend, Kansas.

§ Synopsis “Danny and Richard haven't seen each other since their high school graduation, ten years ago in Great Bend, Kansas. Then, by chance they meet each other at the airport in Kansas City, Missouri, and soon discover that they both have the same destination, their home town of Great Bend. During their flight back, they also discover that they share a common motive, Patrice, whom they have both wanted since their high school days. The competition is on and this time, winner takes all.

§ Comment “There are four simple sets, one for each scene of the play. Scene i: Outside Great Bend High School. This set can be done with a simple backdrop (suggested for ease in scene change) or be done with any amount of elaboration. Scene ii: A Starbucks coffee shop at the Kansas City, Missouri, airport. Again, this scene can be done with a simple backdrop, a counter and a small table with two chairs. Scene iii: On the airplane to Great Bend. This set can be achieved by using two simple chairs if airplane seats are not available. The other scenery can be done with the same table and chair used in scene ii and a simple wall with door. Scene iv: In the high school at Great Bend. Again, this set can be done with minimal effort. The picture board need not be elaborate, and the mop and mop bucket should be fairly easy to obtain. • An optional chorus can be used at the producer/director's own judgement. This same chorus may be used elsewhere to enhance the ambiance.

§ Themes ambition, friends, love, love lost.

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