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Dumb Luck (2002)

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  • TITLE OF WORK: DUMB LUCK
  • SUBTITLE: The Bandit Who Wouldnt Give Up
  • SELECT ONE: Original
  • MUSICAL STYLE: A Gamut of styles
  • NATURE: Comedy or Satire
  • INTENDED AUDIENCE: General
  • STRUCTURE: Some spoken dialogue: Mostly sung
  • APPROXIMATE DURATION (Hrs/Min): 90mins
  • DESIRED INSTRUMENTATION: A piano plus whatever instruments the actors can play. A guitar, in particular, would be most helpful.
  • BRIEFLY STATE THE THEME or MESSAGE: The gruish story of Elmer McCurdy who seeks redemption for his miserable life and failures in love in the afterlife.
  • NUMBER OF SETS: 1

Cast Description

ELMER: Late 20s/early 30s unsuccessful criminal

LULUMAE: His young fiancé with a strong, independent streak
(actress also plays Singer 2, Conductor)

ACTOR 1: Bureaucrat, William Root, Drunk, MacArthur, Judge,
Henchman, Rancher, Preacher, Johnson, Patterson, Teamster

ACTOR 2: Singer 1, Mayor, Barker, Soldier, Amos, Sheriff,
Man/Aver, Billy E Root, Sonney, Coroner, Mayor

Place
Purgatory and Various American Cities

Time
1903-1976

Synopsis

DUMB LUCK tells the unlikely but true story of both the life and afterlife of poor Elmer McCurdy. Despite his promise to his love, LuluMae, that he will be an upright citizen, Elmer embarks on a highly unsuccessful career as an outlaw which leads to his death by a sheriff’s posse in 1911. A funeral director in Oklahoma cashes in on Elmer’s celebrity and preserves his body to turn it into a local attraction! As a result…Elmer can’t move on from “Limbo” to his final destination until his body has been properly buried. For 56 years, Elmer’s body is a fixture at carnival sideshows, movies and local road races. Then, in 1967, the crew of TV show, “The Six Million Dollar Man”, accidently discovers Elmer’s body in the “Laff in the Dark” funhouse in a California amusement park. The TV crew hands the body over to the LA coroner, who uncovers Elmer’s amazing post-death journey. Due to the publicity, the people of Guthrie, Oklahoma, pay to have Elmer transported back home and buried in the Boot Hill section of their cemetery. Will Elmer’s burial be in time to re-unite him in the afterlife with his long lost love LuluMae?

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