Follow the adventures of two Victorian street urchins—annoyingly enthusiastic and melodramatic—who still await with joy the return of their missing father after many years. As they gratefully and cheerfully accept their circumstances of foraging and freezing, Pip and Mimsy, accompanied by friend Fimm Bimbles, have a chance encounter with an evil and hypnotic puppet named Begeloits, who draws the unwitting children into his nefarious plan to kill the Queen. Coincidence and fate lead Pip and Mimsy to Court where they are reunited with their miserly Uncle Scrooge and where, somehow, Pip, Mimsy, and Fimm foil the Royal Nephew’s assassination attempt on the Queen. The dark, melodramatic humor is off-putting, provocative, and yet at the same time “ever so” appealing. You’ll be strangely drawn to this play!
PLAYWRIGHT JACK SALE TALKS ABOUT
“THE GRAND ADVENTURES OF PIP AND MIMSY!”
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A. The inspiration for The Grand Adventures of Pip and Mimsy!" grew from my experiences in British plays and musicals set in Victorian England. There was always the stereotype of British street urchins who were incredibly impoverished yet remained confidant and cheery in spite of their terrible predicaments. My endearing theatrical experiences with such shows as "A Christmas Carol," "Sweeny Todd," "My Fair Lady," and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" inspired the beginnings of the ideas for these characters and they became to take shape in my mind though time. I wanted to somehow create a world in which they could live – I wrote this play so they could live on stage.
2. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A. I love that the Queen is allergic to tea - of all things for a Queen of England to be allergic to! But my favorite aspect of the play is the language. The way Pip and Mimsy talk is so utterly funny, charming, annoying and at the same time familiar to us. We have all encountered these characters in literature and stories. There is always a happy-go-lucky street urchin.
3. WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A. The characters in the play are inspired from background characters created in productions I have been in and in my imagination all these characters began to form. How they walk, talked, and acted in my mind gave rise to their characteristics in the play. My friend’s personalities definitely contributed to these characters and you can see a lot of my sense of humor in them as well.
4. WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A. There were many themes explored with the creation of this play. The constant waiting for a missing father is one of them – similar in spirit to Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Other themes are the nature of love, friendship, ultimate evil and how reality mingles with imagination. I also wanted to create a theatrical piece where actors could be free to embody these colorful characters and to create their own world of “overly-dramatic” physical comedy without the worry of being grounded in a realistic world.
5. DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A. I would like to thank all those who inspired the characters in this play, particularly the original Pip and Mimsy created by Melynda Kiring and Charlie Levy, and the Begeloits doll who still lurks in the shadows of some theatrical properties shop.I hope that you enjoy this play as much as I enjoyed writing it.