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.