Most of us probably at one point in our lives encountered the rebellious outcast who follows their own path no matter what. They frustrate us, they confuse us, they might even scare us. But they also amuse us. And we can’t help but love them. For the buttoned-up architect Dennis, that person is childhood best friend Scooter Thomas. Scooter is a lot of archetypes rolled into one, but the common thread in his identity is his refusal to conform to a world that clearly wasn’t designed for him. The play is a memory play, almost exclusively taking place in Dennis’ memories over the course of about 20 years. In the fourth wall-breaking Scooter Thomas Makes it to the Top of the World, Parnell takes us on a poignant trip through a lifelong friendship and all the laughs and tears that come with it. With two actors, a minimal set, and 20 years worth of time, it’s rich with opportunities for inventive storytelling on a small scale.
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