Comedy. By David Emerson Toney.
Cast: 4m., 2w. The Soul Collector is the story of two African-American sanitation workers in Cleveland, Ohio, 1972. Cedric and his nephew, Darnell, collect items along their sanitation route that they plan to sell to realize their dreams: Cedric wants to open a gourmet restaurant where he'll serve exotic dishes made with chicken wings; Darnell wants to be a Motown superstar and songwriter (his only problem is that all his songs are written to the tunes of Christmas carols). Darnell has a "special gift," and inside each discarded item he carefully chooses—clothing, photos, furniture—there is a human spirit looking for escape. At present, Cedric and Darnell have rallied to rescue the spirits of Saul Kaufman, a 70-year-old Jewish agent, who died in Las Vegas in 1954 waiting for an elusive Frank Sinatra, and Nozomi Kobayashi, a 10-year-old who died in the WWII bombing of Nagasaki, so they can move on to the next spiritual plane. But, unbeknownst to Cedric and Darnell, a shape-shifting demon lives in their building. He is Thaddeus K. Wisher, who has been eating the spirits of the dead and living off the power of their dreams. As a sideline he sells Girl Scout cookies. Only Darnell can do battle and defeat this Eater of Souls, and to do this he must claim his birthright as the Soul Collector. Unit set. Approximate running time: 2 hours.