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Big Ball by Leslie Bramm

ISBN #1-933159-81-2
JAC #2006-0031


Cast of Characters

  • HUGH BRUMFAYLEUR: Early 40s. The Father.

  • MADGE BRUMFAYLEUR: Early 40s. The Mother.

  • BILLY BRUMFAYLEUR: 18-years-old. The Son.

  • SALLY BRUMFAYLEUR: 15-years-old. The Step-daughter.

  • WADE BRUMFAYLEUR: Mid 40s. The Uncle.

We are gathered together to celebrate the 18th birthday of Billy Brumfayleur. We are pulled into the underbelly of the American dream. Hugh and Madge drink, molest, torture, degrade, sing, abuse their heroin addicted daughter, torture the man who lives in the closet, and all the while try to figure out if the birthday boy is really their son. Their off spring, the fruit of their loins, and his one large testicle. From this point on the play becomes a little raw.


The Setting
The suggestion of a living room. Lamps, two matching chairs that roll. Hugh and Madge seldom leave these chairs. The stage is littered with tissues, over-flowing ashtrays, candy wrappers, vodka bottles, used syringes, Pop tart wrappers and walnut shells. Five televisions are on stage and should be used as end tables, foot stools, etc. Stage Right is Wade's closet. It is suggested by a stationary door frame. Wade is seen by audience. In the closet is an overflowing bucket. The door has a series of locks, latches and chains running down one side. Stage Left is Sally's area. She uses one of the TVs’ as a table. On it is a heroin set up and a pair of pink pompoms. The décor should be a gross blend of tacky 1950s’ and modern kitsch.

Time: Now.
Place: The suggestion of a living room, with the suggestion of a family.


About this Playwright
is an award-winning playwright and the author of 14 plays which have been produced, workshopped and/or developed by Three Crows Theatre, The Present Company, The Penobscot Theatre, The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, The Gold Coast Theatre (Australia), The Colorado Fine Arts Center, Emerging Artists Theatre, Nicu’s Spoon, The Edward Albee Last Frontier Conference, Rattle Stick, Reverie Productions, Playwrights Horizons/Tisch, and Shelter Theatre Group, to name a few. He co-wrote the screen play This is Not Here with actor Kevin Corrigan, based on the memoir The Last Days of John Lennon. Bramm is a member of the Present Company’s Pool, Variations Theatre Group, The League of Independent Theatres and the Dramatist Guild.  Visit Bramm's Author Page on Amazon.com!


Of Bramm, says Martin Denton of nytheatre.com...“complicated, fascinating work.”


"Bramm creates some very interesting abstractions with his stereotypical characters...bizarre and funny with chucks of truth and sarcasm flying around."
-Richard Hinojosa, nytheatre.com



Have you also considered Bramm's one-act Islands of Repair, or his full-length plays Oswald's Backyard or McNaughtin & Son?

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