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 one of 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 or so I’ve been told.
In 2017 I had the great fortune of having three more 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 which I like to call Kray Kray in the Kremlin.
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’ve written three full-length plays, Breaking Out of Sunset Place, a geriatric Thelma and Louise + 1 type comedy, and Au Revoir, Cher Bébé, a Cajun Drama (there’s even a Cajun ghost.) , A third comedy Stuck in RV Land also takes place in a small Texas town. Influenced by my Cajun and Texas roots. Oddly enough, all three plays take place in a town very similar to Beaumont Texas where I grew up. So yes, my Texas Louisiana roots have influenced my writing.
This past year my playwriting journey has taken me to New York where I had been invited, based on my writing skill and entrepreneur ability, to be part of Ken Davenport’s Inner Circle. We met four times during 2018 in NY. From this group and the inspiration it gave me, 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. Breaking Out of Sunset Place had its world premiere at equity Queensbury Theatre in Houston and closed Feb 10, 2019 with many sell out performances during its 3 week run. Hopes are to take it Off Broadway one day in the not too distant future. I am currently working on the screenplay.
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” and 19 other of her amazing songs, Cowboy Crazy is a very fun and exciting project.
Another one of my works 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 was not killed during the war 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.” This epic play should be a movie as well. We’re working on it!
Thank you so much.
I look forward to your productions!
Most sincerely yours,
“Trish” Patricia Barry Rumble