RUNYON'S THE BRAIN GOES HOME

by Bill Reed

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RUNYON'S THE BRAIN GOES HOME

by Bill Reed

It’s the hutzpah Guys’n’Dolls time and, if the night isn’t the time you prance around the hotsy joints, you’re either too young to draw back on your Lucky or too old to pull your natty fedora down over your eyes. Among the millions of other stories you could tell is the yammer of The Brain and his three not-so-talented dolls, who are also not-so-grateful! You could have the moniker of Broadway, the narrator of Damon Runyon’s gangster life in the 1920s and 1930s.

So, in your story a guy known as The Brain is orphaned as a baby and always longing for a home where he would be welcome and have some doll he could finally really talk to. So he sets up three dolls in very expensive apartments and is taking you to see them when he meets an apple dollface whom he gifts with a 20 dollar bill for a 10-cent apple. He swears you to secrecy about his soft spot of wanting a home. Six months later, mortally injured The Brain seeks refuge at each of the three dolls' place and is turned away. He finally falls out of the cab outside the shabby tenement where the apple dollface lives. No hesitation, she takes him inside lays him down on her one bed alongside of her sick boy, not caring if the cops are after him. The Brain dies but, before he kicks it, he leaves her his fortune -- and leaves the three dolls a lousy one dollar each. The Brain’s found a home at last, see.

But you ain’t finished. This story might’ve been done many times over radio,stage and screen, but smart-guy you has newly adapted it as a live-acted shadow play in which the he of The Brain becomes it, The Brain.