OATH: The Screenplay
by Marshall Stearn
David Reats is a 60 yer old lawyer, and perennial student; a former anti-war activist and Castro apologist. He is to graduate medical school and assigned a psychiatric residency in the US Navy. He becomes involved in an anti middle-east demonstration helping a friend from the past. The friend hits a policeman unconscious. Reats is jailed. His intern-residency is in trouble,as is his marriage.
The jailing of Reats creates havoc in his household. His father-in-law, very conservative never took to Reats and is livid David has put the family at risk. Arguments ensue, David goes astray, and is found out. His graduation is at risk and has lost his internship.
His father-in-law has friends in high places. They all played football on a Rose Bowl team. David has to be an enlisted corpsman which pleases the head of the medical department at MCRD. The officers hate Reats, and the enlisted men are suspicious, but look up to him for guidance.
An enlisted man takes around a petition to start an enlisted man's union. Reats is blamed, put on report, and has to endure a court martial. Representing himself many of the factors relating to loss of internship come to bear. A Surprise witness shocks and clarifies many aspects of David Reats' marriage and subsequent demotion. A shocker at the end shakes the jury as well as the on-lookers.
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