Breaking Out of Sunset Place

Winner of the Texas Playwrights Festival in ’94, with a World Premiere at 7 Angels Theatre, Waterbury. Ct, this full-length comedy features an ethnically diverse cast of five, with 3 older females (1 African American), 1 African-American male who plays 6 roles & 1 female plays all the extra roles.

As two elderly women Maudie (African-American) and her best friend Emmy (Caucasian) prepare to “commandeer a car” and break out of Sunset Place, Emmy’s dreaded roommate Olivia learns of their planned escape and wants to come. Both Maudie and Emmy can’t stand her, but they have no choice … If they don’t take Olivia, she will tell!  Each woman has her own reason for the break out … as they bring us along on their cross-country romp, from Texas to Louisiana onto Georgia, heading for Florida.

BREAKING OUT OF SUNSET PLACE took our audiences on a light-hearted, comical and zany tour as the three ladies of Sunset Place made their escape, a route that was paved night after night with the audience’s laughter. Our audiences most enjoyed the true-to-life subject matter — aging and the dependency that aging enforces and the resulting “revolt.” Identifying with the ladies of Sunset Place seemed to take hold of both young and old audience members. In the true transforming process of theatre – as accomplished in this work — they cheered for the ladies as much as for themselves. The show received incredibly positive word of mouth, with many sales to those who had heard about the show. The play was a tremendous box office success! I strongly endorse Patricia Barry Rumble’s work.”

Semina De Laurentis, Artistic Director, Seven Angels Theatre

The script is available through the author at Playitstore. Royalty fees are $75 per performance. Please email pbrumble@gmail.com or call 713 784 9400 to request a PDF of the script.