Frump Tales

Book By: Burton Bumgarner
Play #: 2331
Pages: 37 pgs
Cast: 1 m, 3 w, 13 flexible

Mega-millionaire Ronald Frump (known as "The Ronald"), a tough businessman, has purchased a company called All the Fairy Tales in the World, Inc., and it isn't making a profit. With the assistance of his loyal (and wimpy) secretary, Miss Filposh, he brings in a group of recent college graduates to try and spice up the story of "Little Red Riding Hood." The graduates use "Macbeth" as the basis of their version and arrive at "Macwolf." Unfortunately Little Red, now a tough Jersey girl, isn't afraid of anything, and the tale falls flat. Next, Frump brings in a group of unconventional entrepreneurs, who try and spice up the story of "Cinderella" using characters from Edgar Allen Poe. Cinderella is now a Goth girl, and the ball is a scene from "The Masque of the Red Death." Finally, Frump brings in the directors of Barbucks Coffee and their CEO to tell the story of the "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" from a business standpoint. Frump likes the business version of the fairy tale, but his company falls victim to a hostile takeover and he now has a new set of worries! One act.

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BALTIC SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BALTIC, SD 4/8/2016
LAKE DALLAS MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LAKE DALLAS, TX 2/16/2016
HOLSTON MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
BLOUNTVILLE, TN 3/15/2015
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HALLOCK, MN 1/30/2015
MARYVALE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PHOENIX, AZ 4/28/2014
CUSTER HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CUSTER, MT 3/27/2014
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KERSHAW, SC 2/15/2014
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IJAMSVILLE, MD 5/2/2013
COTTER HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WINONA, MN 1/18/2013
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GREENVILLE, SC 11/15/2012
CARLTON OAKS SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SANTEE, CA 6/15/2012
HOLSTON MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BLOUNTVILLE, TN 5/21/2012
OWEN-WITHEE SCHOOL DISTRICT 3 Performance(s)
OWEN, WI 5/17/2012
HOLSTON MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
BLOUNTVILLE, TN 5/10/2012
OWASSO 8TH GRADE CENTER 1 Performance(s)
OWASSO, OK 4/15/2012
OWEN-WITHEE SCHOOL DISTRICT 4 Performance(s)
OWEN, WI 4/1/2012
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SALEM, WI 3/30/2012
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OLD BRIDGE, NJ 1/28/2011
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EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 2/19/2010
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JACKSON, MS 12/4/2009
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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 11/1/2009
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
DULLES, VA 6/17/2009
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CINCINNATI, OH 6/15/2009
SHAMROCK MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
DECATUR, GA 5/15/2009
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DANVILLE, VT 5/15/2009
BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CARSON CITY, NV 5/8/2009
PLEASANT HILL MIDDLE SCH 2 Performance(s)
PLEASANT HILL, CA 4/1/2009
ARLINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ARLINGTON, TN 4/1/2009
CLINTON-GRACEVILLE-BEARDSLEY H 1 Performance(s)
GRACEVILLE, MN 3/15/2009
ROBINSON MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
KINGSPORT, TN 3/6/2009
ROBINSON MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
KINGSPORT, TN 3/5/2009
JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SAN ANTONIO, TX 1/15/2009
PLATT-GEDDES COMM SCH 2 Performance(s)
PLATTE, SD 12/5/2008
SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
INDIANOLA, NE 11/23/2008
DONIPHAN WEST HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HIGHLAND, KS 11/21/2008
LEAGUE ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC 11/16/2008
NORTHLAND PINES HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
EAGLE RIVER, WI 11/15/2008
FAIRFOREST MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
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Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT BURTON BUMGARNER

TALKS ABOUT "FRUMP TALES"

 

Q.: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A.: Wanton capitalism (a la Donald Trump) and pure silliness.

 

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

A.: I love Little Red Riding Hood as a Jersey girl, Big Bad Wolf as a character from a Shakespeare tragedy, Cinderella as a slacker, and the Billy Goats Gruff as a slightly dysfunctional suburban family. I think they work better that way.

 

Q.: WHERE DO THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

A.: They come from the anguished and nightmarish imagination of a writer haunted by grief and melancholy. No! Wait a minute! That's Edgar Allan Poe! Wrong writer! The characters in this play come from the Grimm Brothers, who brought us tales of unrelenting cruelty we're supposed to read to children, and from the conceptions and misconceptions we have of wealthy capitalists. I don't know any of these characters personally, but I think I would like them all, especially Cinderella.

 

Q.: WHAT DID YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A.: A Pulitzer Prize or a New York Drama Critics Award. If that doesn't work out, then I want audiences to laugh so hard they fall out of their seats, and I want the actors to remember "Frump Tales" as great experience.

 

Q.: ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT THE PLAY?

A.: It's the greatest work for the theater since Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot"! A bold and original statement of existential anguish! ... Actually, it's not. But it's a lot more fun than "Waiting for Godot."