Laime Inventions is a tender story about family love with a lot of wacky insanity thrown in making this story a hybrid of Drama and Comedy. We’re calling it a “Dramady”.
In it, we meet the family of the wealthy retired entrepreneur, Efrem Davenport. It is the turn of the 20th Century with all its charm and politeness. It is also a time when people were restricted by convention and propriety. As a result, we find Efrem unable to cross over the proper “stations” in life and publicly declare his love for the woman who has been his housekeeper since his wife’s death. We also meet his daughter, Lavinia, who is trapped in a loveless marriage with Ogden Laime, a self-centered, greedy man, who only married her for her father’s money.
It’s 1910 and turn-of-the-century America is exploding with new energy. In the wake of the Industrial Revolution, a new social order rises, powered by gasoline, electricity and brilliant minds. In this Gilded Age, the entrepreneur inventor is king and massive tax-free fortunes are made almost overnight.
Wannabe inventor Ogden Laime wants a piece of that history for himself, and this pompous personality won’t allow small obstacles like his lack of imagination, talent, or business savvy to get in his way. He idolizes the creative mind of Jules Verne and fancies himself to be just like him.
A series of completely avoidable comedic mishaps and industrial accidents, caused by Ogden’s gross incompetence, including an accidental city-wide food poison epidemic, are the steady products of Laime Inventions. And somehow, the Mayor seems to always be caught in the cross hairs.
Finally, Ogden fires an underappreciated genius whose inventions just aren’t “big” enough for his over-inflated ego. Only months later, he finds this inventor making a fortune with these “tiny” ideas causing Laime to have a complete mental breakdown and bringing Laime Inventions to an explosive conclusion.