PLAYWRIGHT BURTON BUMGARNER
TALKS ABOUT HIS PLAY, “MINI LOA LUAU”
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: At first I wanted to create a dark and brooding melodrama about lost opportunities and failures against a backdrop of sadness and regret in an environment of ice and snow. After thinking about it for a minute or so I decided I’d rather write a farce about a small village in Hawaii trying to decide which tourist to sacrifice in their volcano. It was a better choice. Dark and brooding melodramas aren’t very funny.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: The characters come from the fringe of the American dream: people who face failure and rejection at every turn in their miserable lives. No, wait. That’s a different play. These characters are just plain silly. I made them up. I don’t think I know any of them personally.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY AND ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: World peace. Also, I wish for audiences to laugh themselves silly.