In Clint Eastwood's film "J. Edgar," Hoover's 'partner’ Clyde Tolson reminds him he takes credit for most of Melvin Purvis' legendary fame. My current play (also film possibility) PURGING PURVIS:
Famed FBI agent Melvin Purvis struggles with the disaffection of his boss J. Edgar Hoover who has unceremoniously demoted him out of jealous envy over his famed renown as a crime fighting hero— Sam Norris, a lowly African-American FBI Bureau employee flirts with the Purvis family nanny Dolly
Coker while they also share their empathy for Purvis and his wife Rosanne's frustrations over his treatment by Hoover—regarding his personal secrets and 'real' grievances against him--FBI Agents and ‘Others’ have their own ‘scuttlebutt’ regarding their Director.
CAST & SETTING
Melvin Purvis White, 30s-upward
J. Edgar Hoover White, 40s, upward
Rosanne Purvis White 30s, upward
Sam Noisette African-American, 40s upward
2 Agents (also as Others) * White Males, 30s-40s
Set: Downstage: Office of J. Edgar Hoover & Outer Office
Upstage level or SL: Bureau Men’s Room, etc.
* (Greek chorus-style)
Place: Federal Bureau of Investigation
TIME: 30s, 40s, jumps to 60s as per dialogue.