Rumbo

by  Cynthia Mercati

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 14f

Billed as An Incredible Adventure in Two Acts, Rumbo is a fast paced farce, lampooning the action hero, as embodied by the foremost action star, Rocky Schwartzenburger. However, Rocky is not the man we see on the big screen. If you've ever been tempted to laugh at over the top action films and their heroes, not to mention beauty contest winners, reality actresses like China Sable, the Happy Hamburger Girl, and TV anchor men, Rumbo is for you.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 14f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Billed as An Incredible Adventure in Two Acts, Rumbo is a fast paced farce, lampooning the action hero, as embodied by the foremost action star, Rocky Schwartzenburger. However, Rocky is not the man we see on the big screen. He's a whiner, with more interest in his manicure than doing any real action. It's mild mannered Albert Nerval, a perfume chemist, who, because he's lost his glasses and is as blind a bat, accidentally takes on  takes on Big Bad Mama Dupree and her biker daughters. The military brass, watching the live show, decides Albert is the perfect man to take on the assignment of rescuing Americans held prisoner by Cobra, in the deepest, darkest jungle. It turns out the prisoners are four annoying Miss America candidates, Miss Iowa, Miss Texas, Miss California, and Miss Mississippi -- the only girl who can't spell her state's name. While trying to find the troops they're to entertain they get lost, and fall into Cobra's hands. Colonel Zelda Armstrong trains Albert for his top secret mission, and soon Albert is lost in the jungle along with Cassandry Wembly -- gorgeous, glamorous and rich, so who cares that she's a nut, Don Druthers, celebrity spokesperson, Dragon, a martial arts expert, and the Duprees, back for more, and Rocky, who's really worried he's going to get a hangnail.

Through a series of misadventures, Albert ends up rescuing everyone and returns to work not as a meek chemist, but Reconnaissance Undercover Military Operator - RUMBO!

If you've ever  been tempted to laugh at over the top action films and their heroes, not to mention beauty contest winners,  reality actresses like China Sable, the Happy Hamburger Girl, and TV anchor men,  Rumbo is for you.

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Reviews

Fun, fast paced, simple to stage, and filled with humorous parts.

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The present. The staging is simple, designed for ease of production. Several scenes are played berfore the curtain, the others done before flats or a backdrop that should be campy in the extreme. Example: we suggest the jungle with several large potted plants.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

6m, 14f
ALBERT NERVAL- Code name
RUMBO- Sylvester Stallone he isn't
EUGENE FOWLER - Our hero's equally fearless - make that fearful - friend
CASSANDRA WEMBLY- Gorgeous, glamorous, and richwho cares that she's a nut
COL. ZELDA ARMSTRONG- Only slightly more gung-ho than Patton
ROCKY SCHWARTZENBURGER- The most macho man in Hollywood
LUCINDA CLUMP - Manager of the most macho man in Hollywood
BLANCHE FLEEGLE - A tiger in the bowling alley
DON DRUTHERS- Anchor man, media star, and exclusive spokesman for Bow-Wow Dog Biscuits
COBRA - Female leader of the revolutionary forces
CHINA SABLE - The Happy Hamburger Girl
DRAGON- A martial arts expert
BIG BAD MAMA DUPREE - A biker
CHARLENE - Her daughter
CHARLENE - Her other daughter
BUBBA- Her son, the rottenest member of a rotten family
MISS IOWA- Pure of heart, mind, body, and soul
MISS TEXAS - A nasty Barbie Doll
MISS MISSISSIPPI - The only girl in the pageant who can't spell her state's name
MISS CALIFORNIA - A Valley Girl
THE COMMANDOES - Macho is their middle name
AEROBICS CLASS, ASSORTED HUNKS, SOLDIERS, SECRETARIES - These roles are doubled
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

There is much room for doubling. We need girls and assorted hunks at the gym, also extra good guys and bad guys.

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Authors

Cynthia Mercati

Cynthia Mercati has had shows performed in each of the fifty US states, as well as Australia and Canada. Many of her plays are published by Samuel French. As Playwright-in-Residence at the Des Moines, Iowa, Playhouse, Ms. Mercait wrote a show each season for Actors on Tour, the professional childre ...

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