Patricia Barry Rumble, a Beaumont, Texas-based playwright/writer/producer, began her writing career while teaching science & German. Her first full-length play, Breaking Out of Sunset Place, had staged readings in New York by Playwright Preview Productions (now Urban Stages), in Los Angeles at the Kitchen Ensemble play-reading series under the artistic direction of Dan Lauria (Wonder Years’ Dad) and won the Texas Playwrights Festival in 1994. Breaking Out of Sunset Place had its World Premiere at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, Connecticut 2001. The Ransom of Red Chief, with music and lyrics by Yvonne Steely, premiered at Express Children’s Theatre in 1992; and in 2002 was produced Off Off Broadway at Vital Theatre.
Express Children’s Theatre commissioned Ms. Rumble to adapt Pinocchio as a mini-musical touring show, which ran for 50 performances in Houston. For the summer of 2013 Express Children’s Theatre reprised her play for young audiences, The Ransom of Red Chief, which ran for over 50 performances. Express also commissioned Ms. Rumble to write Little Red which ran for 50 performances in the summer of 2014. Her commissioned work, Little Scrooge, a very modern, kid-friendly adaptation of A Christmas Carol was Express’ holiday show for 2014 and was a great success, running for 30 performances. It was published by Dramatic Publishing in May 2016.
Her published one acts for young audiences are The Snow Queen published by Brooklyn; A Mother Goose Comedy published by Pioneer Drama January 2016 (with over 60 productions); Little Scrooge published by Dramatic Publishing in May 2016: The Archer and the Princess (which she likes to call Kray-Kray in the Kremlin) is published by Dramatic Publishing; and two 10-minute pieces Aunt Sophie’s Latkes and Full Moon have been published by Players Press.
She had an excerpt of her work A Shamrock in Vietnam read at the 10th Anniversary Reading Celebration of Wordsmyth Theater in Houston. A Shamrock in Vietnam is co-written by Nicholas Collier. She is also collaborating on a new musical Cowboy Crazy with Cynthia Jordon, composer lyricist whose song “Jose Cuervo, You are a Friend of Mine” was a #1 country western hit.
On April 9, 2018 at The Ensemble Theater of Houston there was a reading of her full-length play, Breaking Out of Sunset Place, a funny geriatric Thelma and Louise plus 1 comedy. There was also a reading on July 10, 2018 in Houston; both readings were directed by Eileen J Morris. Currently she is working on bringing Breaking Out of Sunset Place to Broadway. Patricia Barry Rumble is a member of the Dramatist Guild and of Tony-award-winning producer Ken Davenport’s Inner Circle which meets 4 times a year where we network and learn about producing.
There will be a staged reading of her new comedy Stuck in RV Land on Sept 16, 2018 at Beaumont Community Players in Beaumont Texas. The play is directed by the new artistic director of BCP, John Manfredi.
On Jan 17 – Feb 3, 2019 Breaking Out of Sunset Place will have its “out of town tryouts” as an Equity Production in Houston at Queensbury Theatre directed by Marley Singletary. Then plans are to bring this tour to Beaumont Texas at the the Jefferson Theatre on Feb 9 and 10, 2019.
Her company website is www.playitstore.com.
Patricia Barry Rumble
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Beaumont Texas 77706 USA
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