Patricia Barry Rumble, playwright and producer
I have been writing for the theatre for three decades now. My plays have been performed all over the United States, and now internationally with the Hong Kong production of Peter Rabbit & Friends by the Happy Potato Production Company in April 2016. I don’t know about you, but I cannot say “Happy Potato” without smiling.
I love writing comedy for children, which, by the way, is the toughest market to write for. Kids will let you know very fast if they are bored. Adults will sit quietly until intermission and then walk. Kids will just yell out stuff. Writing comedy for anyone (big or little) actually takes a special gift!
In the last year I have had the great fortune of having three of my plays for young audiences published by wonderful publishers: The Snow
Queen by Brooklyn Publishers, A Mother Goose Comedy by Pioneer Drama Service and Little Scrooge by Dramatic Publishing. Also published by Dramatic Publishing is my first play The Archer and the Princess, a very funny adaptation of a Russian folktale.
My others plays for young audiences now published on Amazon by PlayItStore are The Tale of Peter Rabbit & Friends and Aesop’s Funny Fables.
I have written three full-length plays, Breaking Out of Sunset Place, a geriatric Thelma and Louise type comedy, and Au Revoir, Cher Bébé, a Cajun Drama (there’s even a Cajun ghost.) Since both of these plays take place in a small Texas town close to the Louisiana border, actually my hometown, A third comedy Stuck in RV Land also takes place in a small Texas town. Influenced by my Cajun and Texas roots.
Currently my playwriting journey has taken me to New York where I have been invited, based on my writing skill and entrepreneur ability, to be part of Ken Davenport’s Inner Circle. We meet four times a years in NY to be in a mastermind group. From this group and the inspiration it gives, I have done a major rewrite and update on Breaking Out of Sunset Place. We had two readings in Houston, where the audiences loved the play and identified with these three vintage, strong women. We are bringing the play to Houston as an out of town tryout before bringing it to New York.
Now we plan to bring my comedy Breaking Out of Sunset Place to the Great White Way. It has been a great journey this year and it continues to be a great journey.
As for works in progress, Cynthia Jordan, singer songwriter, and I are working on Cowboy Crazy the Musical” … Five women stranded in an airport headed for a rodeo, having girl talk, learn that they all know the same guy. Cowboy Crazy features the hit song “Jose Cuervo, You are a Friend of Mine,”
Another work in progress is A Shamrock in Vietnam, co-written by Vietnam Vet Nicholas Collier. “Forty years after the Vietnam War at a reunion of helicopter pilots, an Irish-born veteran discovers that his fiancée, a French Vietnamese woman, was not killed as he had believed and that she had been pregnant with his child. So, begins Sean’s search for Lily, his child and a love that spanned the decades.”
Thank you so much.
If you have any questions about any of these plays, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to your productions! Most sincerely yours,
“Trish” Patricia Barry Rumble