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15 Men in a Smoke-Filled Room
A full-length, one-act drama dealing with a general theme against the backdrop of an historical plot. The play takes place in Chicago – June, 1920 – when the Republican National Convention is in full swing. Warren G. Harding, Senator from Ohio, is overwhelmed by the prospect of becoming the nominee of the Republican Party for president. Hounded by an ambitious campaign manager, a paralyzingly superstitious wife, a star struck young mistress, and the frightening pull of inevitability, Harding seems destined to be president – or is he?
At its core, Fifteen Men in a Smoke-Filled Room is a thematic play, exploring the extent to which fate controls our lives. Is there a higher power out there that determines our destinies or are those life events we deem “fateful” merely the aggregate result of the deficiencies and idiosyncrasies of flawed human beings?