Drama. By Roland Fernand. Based on the work "Ambition" by Katherine Kavanaugh.
Cast: 2m., 3w. The success of Owens, a brilliant state's attorney, has made him ambition-mad, and with each new case he works harder for a conviction. His wife realizes that his success is shutting her out of his life. Owens' present case involves the young brother of his chauffeur, who is being tried for murder on purely circumstantial evidence. The wife is convinced of the boy's innnocence, but know her brilliant husband will send the boy to the chair. In desperation she plots with the boy's brother to pretend to succumb to poison—so that the circumstantial evidence will make her husband seem guilty. At first Owens is stunned. But there is the telltale circumstantial evidence—the poison bottle—and no one believes him. Tension mounts with speed and fury. Owens' brilliance is powerless against the evidence!—Then in the climax, the trick is revealed, and Owens at last sees how ambition has twisted him, and he sets out to prove the boy's real innocence. A small cast, simple set, and action as tense as murder, as dramatic as a trial, make this play increasingly popular for contest use. Approximate running time: 25 minutes.