Finding the Greater Fool
by Robert Joseph Ahola
The Rogues Roundtable – an annual convention of the world's most renowned
con artists, forgers and swindlers – convenes in Ibiza, Spain every year. In
the midst of this, an elite core group of multi-millionaire bunko artists
are holding a cocktail party to find new ways to spend their ill-gotten
gains. Joining them a beautiful new entrepreneur has come in with their
annual report, and a brilliant new way to invest their money "legitimately."
RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN (“Brinsley”):
Proudly, he takes as his namesake the author of School for Scandal and
his own organization, Rogues’ Roundtable.” “Brinsley” to his friends, he
is in his fifties and is very wise in the ways of human nature (all
things of darkness and light).
THEODORE GERICAULT (Teddy): An art
forger of world renown, Teddy has even taken the name of a famous
neo-romantic French master, and laughs about the fact that practically
no one even recognizes the nom de plume. A surprisingly uncomplicated
man with a unique outlook on life, he seems more at peace with himself
than the rest.
ELIJAH SHAZAM (“Captain Marvel”):
Because he can ostensibly do remarkable things with finance—watch out or
he’ll make your money disappear. He is New York tough and yet charming,
assumptive and somehow likeable. He is also one of those people who is
either thirty or fifty— no one can really tell for certain.
NICK (“Nicky”): Thirty-something,
very handsome, absurdly rich, young brash and arrogant. he has never
been caught and never lost in a “con.” Well…there’s a first time for
ANGELICA: An apparently seductive
savvy businesswoman and CEO of Candy Casinos, she has found the formula
to turn men on their heads and out of their fortunes – legitimately. And
yet…there is something strangely unapproachable about her.
The setting should be simple but elegant
and characteristically Spanish – either Mediterranean or Spanish Colonial
Furniture. It should have a large couch, chairs and an ample, elegant bar in
the corner. A balcony is implied and – if fly space is available – existent
Synopsis of Scenes
Scene 1. An elegant hotel suite in Ibiza, Spain.
Scene 2. The same elegant hotel suite. The following evening.
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