CAYCE by George Schwimmer

£6.00

CAYCE is the desperate search of a man to find the future course and true meaning of his life, focusing on the critical years (1922-1925) in Edgar Cayce’s life, when he is in such dire financial straits that one evening he and his family have only thirteen cents with which to buy dinner for four. Interspersed with Edgar’s search are flashbacks of critical times in his past, as when he saves his wife Gertrude’s life with a psychic trance ‘reading,’ saves the life of the infant son of a family member, and loses his own second son by failing to give the child a ‘reading’ for an ailment. He also relives how he loses his voice, how he dies clinically but “comes back,” how others—even those close to him—use him as a ‘cash cow,’ how he loses his ability for a year by misusing his talent, and how he’s arrested and tried for “fortunetelling” in New York City. As he and his family are at their lowest ebb financially and emotionally, Cayce states in a ‘reading’ that everyone has past lives, which discovery changes everything, finally putting Cayce on his proper path.

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CHARACTERS

EDGAR CAYCE, 29-48

CARRIE CAYCE, Edgar’s mother, 32 and 69

EDGAR as a child, 11

DAVE KAHN, Edgar’s business partner, 30 to 3

KYLE, an oil driller, 45

SAM, an oil worker, 35

PERRY, an oil worker, 25

HUGO MÜNSTERBERG, Harvard professor, 48

GERTRUDE CAYCE, Edgar’s wife, 31 to 45

LESLIE CAYCE, Edgar’s father, 57

ROUSTABOUT, an oil worker, 42

LYNN EVANS, Gertrude’s brother, 36

LIZZIE EVANS, Gertrude’s mother, 52

CARRIE HOUSE, Gertrude’s young aunt, 34

DR. TOM HOUSE, Carrie’s husband, 36

DR. HOGARTH, a doctor, 50

DR. FRANKLIN, the Cayce family doctor, 48

MAJOR HANCOCK, project manager, 36

ADAM NORQUIST, a large investor, 50

JOE, a San Saba investor, 40

INVESTOR, in San Saba project, 50

FLASH MCCLARY, a saboteur, 35

DR. JOHN GALLAGHER, Edgar’s friend, 30

FRANK, Edgar’s photography assistant, 19

DR. ONE, 48

DR. TWO, 40

DR. THREE, 42

JEFF, a bank clerk, 26

KEVIN SNOW, an associate of Edgar, 45

TWO TELEGRAPH BOYS, 16

DR. WESLEY KETCHUM, Edgar’s partner, 36

ATTORNEY in Birmingham, 40

YOUNG MAN in Birmingham, 25

REPORTER in Montgomery, 30

WOMAN in Birmingham, 34

SPOKESPERSON in Birmingham, 45

HUGH LYNN, Edgar’s older son, 16

ECKEN, Edgar’s younger son, 5

DRUGGIST, 50

GLADYS DAVIS, Edgar’s secretary, 18-32

STENOGRAPHER ONE (no lines), 34

STENOGRAPHER TWO (no lines), 50

ED STEVENS, patron of Edgar, 50

MAN, a Daytona client of Edgar, 35

BARBER, 44

SON of barber, 5

HOWARD BLOOM, patron of Edgar, 34

POLICEWOMAN, New York City, 45

JUDGE, New York City, 60

CLAPPER, NYC prosecutor, 32

DEFENSE ATTORNEY, NYC, 36

CONDUCTOR, voice over, 40-55

 

THE CHARACTERS CAN ALL BE PLAYED WITH 20 ACTORS – DETAILS IN THE SCRIPT

 

REVIEWS

COMMENTS FROM READERS

“Our readers expressed great admiration for CAYCE – quality work.” The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

“A hell of a story and a hell of a script!” “A wonderfully imaginative exploration of Edgar Cayce’s life – a pleasure to read.”

“Extremely well-written.”

“A wholly original structure.”

Semi-finalist, nuVoices, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte playwriting competition;

Semi-finalist, Moondance International Film Festival playwriting competition.

 

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 90 minutes

 

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