BUNNY’S FAMDAMILY is a comedy that explores how a lower class family living in a trailer survives in today’s poor economy by shoplifting to supplement their income. While some may dismiss Bunny as nothing but trailer trash, she says, “We are people—just like everybody else,” and this makes us see her not as a stereotype, but as an individual with human concerns, thoughts and feelings.

The action is set in the yard in front of Bunny and Dillon's trailer in the Green Acres Trailer Park during a few hot days in July, 2009. Bunny stays at home every day smoking Benson and Hedges and drinking Diet Pepsi. Dillon works as a mechanic. In this poor economy they are not doing so well. The air conditioner in the trailer has stopped working and Dillon doesn't have enough money to get a new one or to make his car payment. To make matters worse Bunny's father, Charlie, comes to live with them after having suffered a stroke, their teenage daughter Pearl is pregnant, and Bunny is bossed around by her sister Tina. Dillon wants to hock Bunny's antique print in a beautiful antique frame to get money for his car payment. At her refusal, he plans to hock the ring and pocket watch given to him by his father, but that is forgotten after a successfully shoplifting a camera. He then comes up with a plan to steal an air conditioner and convinces Pearl and Charlie to become his accomplices. While Pearl and Charlie provide distractions, Dillon walks out of Home Depot with an air conditioner. Meanwhile, Bunny and Tyler, Pearl's boyfriend, await the news with concern and worry, but when Dillon and company return with their prize, they all celebrate.

Bunny plays Gin Rummy with Charlie and her sister Lucille. Tina shows up just when Charlie pees his pants. Tina loses it and says terrible things. Charlie uses Sonny's gun to blow his head off. In the last scene when they all return from the funeral, their clothes are ripped and dirty, their bodies bruised, and we learn that Tina accused Bunny of murder and a family brawl broke out. While Bunny and her family share food and drinks, each one of them has some acerbic and humorous verbal collisions, but the crème de la climax is the arrival of Tina who has a score to settle. Bunny is finally able to stand up to her sister. She tells her off and then beats her off with a broom.


CHARACTERS

BUNNY SHE is 33, the youngest of three sisters, with dyed hair and her
roots showing. SHE wears a sleeveless blouse, and colorful tight
pedal pushers. SHE usually has a cigarette in one hand and a can
of Diet Pepsi in the other.

DILLON Her husband, 35, tall and slender but muscular, with thick dark hair.
HE usually wears a T shirt, Levi's, and heavy work shoes.

PEARL Their daughter, age 17, bright, finished high school unlike her father,
and now she is very pregnant and living with her boyfriend. She has a
good eye for style and dresses well within a tiny budget.

TYLER Her boyfriend, age 22, bright, finished high school, took two years of
college and special training courses to get certified as a physical
therapist. He is a nice-looking young man who obviously works out.
He likes tight tee shirts that show off his muscles.

LUCILLE SHE is a woman in her mid flirties who has always been pretty,
feminine, and although poor, knows how to make the most of what she
has. SHE dresses in a ladylike way. She is graceful. She is sweet and
kind and prefers to view life through rose-colored glasses. She is four
years older than her sister Bunny.

CHARLIE Bunny's father, age 60. He recently suffered a stroke. He drags one
foot a bit when he walks, uses a cane, talks out of the side of his
mouth, and his right arm is pretty much useless, but he still has a sense
of humor. He wears loose fitting jeans, a plaid shirt, and black shoes.

TINA Bunny's oldest sister who has resented her since childhood. Tina is 39,
a very large bossy busybody who likes giving other people orders. She
looks down on Bunny and her family. To her they are trailer trash.

SETTING

The action takes place in the yard outside Bunny and Dillon's trailer in the Green Acres Mobile Home Park. There is a small porch with a couple of steps at one end that leads to the front door. The yard is rather unsightly. An old grill sits next to the trailer. There's a wooden row boat upside down on a pair of wooden saw horses at the far right. Behind it are the remains a broken down wooden fence. At the far left is a homemade shed covered with corrugated metal on the sides and a tin roof. Stage right is a weathered old picnic table with a bench on each side. Stage left hosts several mismatched lawn chairs and a plastic cooler filled with cans of beer and Diet Pepsi. The driveway is offstage right. The atmosphere is one of poverty and neglect.

TIME

ACT 1

Scene 1: A hot Friday afternoon in July.
Scene 2: Saturday morning.
Scene 3: Later Saturday afternoon.
Scene 4: Sunday morning.
Scene 5: Later that evening before Sunset.

ACT 2
Scene 1: The Next Friday afternoon.
Scene 2: Saturday afternoon.
Scene 3: Late Wednesday morning.

BUNNY’S FAMDAMILY is a comedy that explores how a lower class family living in a trailer survives in today’s poor economy by shoplifting to supplement their income. While some may dismiss Bunny as nothing but trailer trash, she says, “We are people—just like everybody else,” and this makes us see her not as a stereotype, but as an individual with human concerns, thoughts and feelings.