A Play in Two Acts
Written by J. Dulin Jones and Paul Lazarus
Based on the Original Screenplay by J. Dulin Jones
Charles Dickens, age 23 is a struggling reporter for the Chronicle newspaper. He dreams of becoming a barrister and has applied to the Inns of Court and be accepted to clerk. His motivation to raise his station in life is to win the hand of Maria Beadnell, a wealthy banker’s daughter. Since Dickens is the son of a insolvent debtor, Mr. Beadnell holds him in contempt and forbids him yo see Maria.
As the story begins, Dickens is sent to cover the embezzlement trial of an elderly lawyer, Elias Goodwood at the Old Bailey. When Elias is convicted of the crime, his daughter, Ellen, asks Dickens to find out who framed her father and why. Dickens promises. This promise plunges Dickens into a labyrinthine mystery that takes him from the halls of parliament, to the alleyways of the notorious Seven Dials. In the Dials, Dickens crosses paths with a young orphan, Willie McArdle. Unbeknownst to Dickens, Willie is under the influence of his corrupt Aunt, Phoebe Farehorn and Danvers Fogel, a monstrous criminal. Farehorn and Fogel do the corrupt bidding for a group of wealthy, well-placed, gentlemen.
The journey to solve the mystery involves murder, kidnapping, betrayal and the revelation of dark family secrets that will forever change the course of his life.