Search and Destroy

Dramatic / Rapier & Dagger (R&D) / Single Sword (SS) / Smallsword (SmS) / Unarmed (UA) / Male/Male / Knife (Kn) / Quarterstaff (QS) / February 14, 2018

Dramatists Play Service

Howard Korder

Kim and Martin

THE STORY: Martin Mirkheim owes the state of Florida $47,000 in back taxes, but this is not where his mind is focused. Instead he is intent on acquiring the film rights to a novel called Daniel Strong, written by Dr. Waxling, a pseudo-religious-type guru. The first part of Martin’s journey is spent trying to meet Dr. Waxling, but he is kept away by secretaries and personal assistants. When finally face to face with Waxling, Martin discovers that the good doctor is less interested in any “higher truth” than in getting $500,000 for the film rights. Still consumed by his desire to make the book into a movie, Martin resorts to deceit, blackmail, fraud, extortion and murder to claw his way to success in a riveting indictment of American values today.