Scooter Thomas Makes It to the Top of the World
THE STORY: Dennis receives a call from his mother telling him that his best friend from boyhood, Scooter Thomas, has died. Shaken, Dennis packs for the funeral and recalls their relationship in brief, poignant scenes, during which he plays both himself and other friends from his past, some of whom went to college or got married. Scooter dropped out of life, however, and took a job in the Post Office. He talked of going off to California, but gradual disenchantment overcame him as his hopes remained unfulfilled. Ultimately, the play looks at the choices we make when youthful expectations meet the realities of adulthood.
An exceptionally original and affecting “memory play” by one of our theatre’s most promising young writers. First presented at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center Playwrights Conference, the play is a lively yet touching examination of the relationship between two boyhood friends, a relationship which is gradually altered as they begin to follow different paths and then abruptly terminated by an apparent suicide.