Personals And Proposals

Play #: 2138
Pages: 37 pgs
Cast: 4 m, 4 w
Four men and four women perform seven hilarious scenes about dating and marriage proposals. Three scenes highlight trying to find someone special through an online dating service called Meet-interesting-people-who-will-like-you.com. As our singles find out, however, the site doesn't live up to its name! The other scenes include some of the worst marriage proposals ever; two coaches trying to lead a couple down the path of wedlock; a Monday Night Football-style coverage of a proposal; and a National Geographic television-type look at a romantic dinner. All together the scenes prove the way to happily-ever-after is filled with heartbreak, humiliation and humor!
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PLAZA HEIGHTS CHRISTIAN ACADEM 1 Performance(s)
BLUE SPRINGS, MO 5/18/2018
OSAKIS PUBLIC SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
OSAKIS, MN 5/15/2018
RUTLAND HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
RUTLAND, SD 1/14/2018
LAKESIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
LITTLE ELM, TX 2/2/2017
NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
WILMINGTON, NC 11/15/2015
TAMMY RAGAN 1 Performance(s)
CLINTON, MN 3/15/2015
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MOAB, UT 2/11/2015
PHILIP HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PHILIP, SD 1/12/2014
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DE QUEEN, AR 11/14/2013
LAWTON HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
LAWTON, OK 3/29/2013
HARPETH HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
KINGSTON SPRINGS, TN 3/8/2013
MADISON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
REXBURG, ID 2/22/2013
COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
SNELLVILLE, GA 1/31/2013
GRANT COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ELGIN, ND 12/1/2012
CALERA SENIOR HIGH SCHO 2 Performance(s)
CALERA, AL 11/10/2012
GRANT COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ELGIN, ND 11/7/2012
GOLD HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
FORT MILL, SC 5/24/2012
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ROSELLE, IL 5/22/2012
PEARCE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BURIN BAY ARM, NL 5/10/2012
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DOWNS, KS 5/4/2012
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WEATHERFORD, TX 10/25/2011
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PENSACOLA, FL 9/23/2011
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BIRMINGHAM, AL 5/18/2011
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KIRKLAND , IL 2/4/2011
RANCHO VERDE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MORENO VALLEY, CA 12/11/2010
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KINGSTON SPRINGS, TN 11/19/2010
SUMNER EDDYVILLE MILLER SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SUMNER, NE 11/18/2010
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MORGAN HILL, CA 5/27/2010
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WAYNESBORO, TN 2/25/2010
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ORTONVILLE, MN 1/29/2010
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PRINCETON, WV 12/15/2009
CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WOODSTOCK, VA 10/19/2009
PROJECT CHALLENGE PLAYHOUSE 1 Performance(s)
ANDERSON, SC 5/16/2009
POYNETTE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
POYNETTE, WI 5/2/2009
TANGIER COMBINED SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
TANGIER, VA 4/28/2009
RENAISSANCE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SAMMAMISH, WA 3/15/2009
CLINTON-GRACEVILLE-BEARDSLEY H 1 Performance(s)
GRACEVILLE, MN 3/15/2009
RIPLEY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
RIPLEY, WV 3/15/2009
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HOLLY SPRINGS, NC 1/14/2009
VERO BEACH SR HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
VERO BEACH, FL 11/22/2008
LUXEMBURG-CASCO HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LUXEMBURG, WI 11/20/2008
LUXEMBURG-CASCO HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
LUXEMBURG, WI 10/23/2008
STRATFORD PUBLIC SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NORTH STRATFORD, NH 5/15/2008
KITTITAS SCHOOL DISTRICT 2 Performance(s)
KITTITAS, WA 5/14/2008
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ALGONQUIN, IL 4/18/2008
BEAUMONT SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
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RAMSEUR, NC 3/8/2008
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CHRISTIANSBURG, VA 3/1/2008
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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH 1/13/2008
TURKEY RUN HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 2 Performance(s)
TERRE HAUTE, IN 1/10/2008
TRITON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
RUNNEMEDE, NJ 12/7/2007
COOSA HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ROME, GA 10/30/2007

Behind The Scenes

Playwright Burton Bumgarner

Talks About "Personals and Proposals"

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THE PLAY?

A: An uncontrollable desire to be thoroughly silly. Nothing can be more stressful, obsessional or embarrassing than romantic relationships, so why not make them comical? I wanted to write a farce that would be appropriate and appealing for middle and high school students.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A: In the first scene a young man and young women are seated on a park bench. He makes an impassioned plea for affection. She finally tells him there's pigeon poo on his shoulder. That actually happened to a friend of mine in college. Like the young man in the script, my friend wanted to rid the world of all pigeons. I also like the business called "Bobby Joe's Online Discount Engagement Rings and Taxidermy." It sounds as if Bobby Joe is trying to cover a lot of bases.

Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM?

ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

A: The characters are all in various stages of romantic entanglement, or in trying to find someone to become romantically entangled with - or to become un-entangled with. Almost anyone can identify with the feelings, if not the situations, of the characters in each of the scenes.

Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A: I write a lot of comedies for students, and my goal is generally to make the audience laugh so hard they fall out of their seats.

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?

A: I'm still laughing about the pigeons.