Father O'Sullivan is desperate. But who wouldn't be? The bank is about to foreclose on his church buildings and orphanage. He's got young people struggling with questions of love, developers struggling to turn the house of God into the Condos of God, a gangster struggling with the English language, and a bookkeeper who's just a struggle for everyone. Plus, he's hosting a Bingo night as a last chance to raise enough money to get himself out of this mess. So, what happens when his bookkeeper is killed and the money is stolen? It's time for Father O'Sullivan to "forgive-and-forget" nothing as he struggles to solve the crime. Full of great characters, humor, and rapid-fire dialog, "B-I-N-G-O Spells Murder" has been a favorite of dinner theatre audiences throughout the U.S. and Canada.
PLAYWRIGHT ROBERT MATTSON TALKS ABOUT
"B-I-N-G-O SPELLS MURDER"
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: I had written my first dinner theater script and had a group interested in producing it. The trouble was that the priest who was donating the hall thought it was a little too risqué. So, in a 10-minute conversation with the producer, I came up with a story about a priest in a church hall and wrote it over the next 11 days. It has become my most produced show.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: I love the screaming match between Joey and Bunny with Claude caught in the middle. The rhythm that gets built is great fun.
Q: WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER?
A: Definitely Joey. I wrote him for a very talented friend of mine and writing malapropisms are always great fun.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: This was my first produced play, so the goal was to write something funny enough to get performed. I still remember sitting with the stage manager waiting for the first laugh from a full house. There are few better feelings.
Q: ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT IT?
A: This show is about having fun with your fellow cast members and also the audience. Have fun with it.