Edison: Fire of Genius
Running Time: About 45-50 minutes
Flexible cast of 4, 2 Male, 2 Female
Easily adapted for larger cast
THOMAS EDISON: Tom in youth (M)
Plays MRS. ENGLE (Teacher)
Also plays TRAIN PASSENGER, EDITOR, GIUSEPPE
OTT (Inventor), MARY (Tom's first wife), WALLACE (Inventor)
REPORTER, FORD (Henry)
Also plays LUCILLE (Student), REPORTER, SENATOR (Boston)
TEA SELLER, CLERK (Gold Exchange), BOSS (Western Union)
KRUESI (Inventor), MINA (Tom's second wife)
Also plays WILLIAM (Student), ALEX, STEVENSON (Coach), REPORTER
MANAGER (Telegraph office), MERCHANT, BROKER (Gold Exchange)
BATCHELOR (Inventor), HAYES (President), GROSVENOR (Financier)
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Tom was an inventor from the start. When he was old enough he lit out for Cincinnati, then Boston, looking for a place he could put his talents to good use. New York seemed desolate until he stumbled on his first big break...
DASH: With his belly full of apple pastry Tom wandered the streets looking for work and a place to sleep.
DOT: At last he found someone willing to lend him a cot in the cellar of the Gold Indicator Company.
DASH: One morning he woke up and heard a ruckus...
(CODY enters as BROKER. DASH rushes in as nervous clerk. They huddle around "Stock ticker".)
CODY/BROKER: Fix it! Fix it! Hurry up! Were losing money faster than juice through a goose!
DASH/CLERK: Im trying sir, I just cant see whats wrong with it!
BROKER: Cant see whats wrong, what do I pay you for, for garsh darn sake?
CLERK: I keep track of the profits, sir! I am not a telegraph operator!
EDISON: Telegraph operator? Did someone say telegraph operator?
BROKER: My kingdom for a telegraph operator! I got a house full of over educated smarty pants and not one of them can save the ship. Were going down boys, were going down!
EDISON: What seems to be the problem?
BROKER: This ticker wont tick! Dont you see theres an army, a universe of brokers out there watching for the price of gold. Theyre buying, theyre selling. Stock quotes and price changes! Its how the world goes round, dont you see? This contraption is the one that transmits...
BROKER: Telegraphs schmelagraphs! The diddly ding dong thing dont work! Were ruined boys, ruined I tell you...
(EDISON quietly goes to the machine and rattles a few parts. BROKER rages on behind him as EDISON finishes and stands back.
SOUND CUE: Sound of ticker ticking happily away.)
Theyre gonna sue me, boys dont you see? Theyre gonna rip the shirt right off my back, dont you see? The end is near, boys, the end is near!!
CLERK: Um. Sir. Um. Look.
(They all look at machine.)
BROKER: Well Ill be a horses wide patoot. Did you do this young man?
EDISON: It wasnt hard. Seems a spring broke off, and fell down between these wheels...
(BROKER & DASH are hushed.)
BROKER: Youre a genius, son. A bonifide genius. I want to offer you a job.(With a thumb over his shoulder at DASH.) His job.
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