Playwright Andrew Frodahl Talks About His Play
Gulligan’s Island Christmas
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: I'm a huge fan of the Gilligan's Island show and grew up watching the reruns as a kid. I would come home after school and it was on tv. The classic show has stood the test of time and I think that is because we all ask the question, "What would it be like to be stranded on an island?"
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: The fishing scene in the opening and the Wondian's presentation of the gospel message. Because the message of the gospel can be presented by any culture and easy enough a child can grasp it. Plus I loveflannel graphs.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: The characters are parodies of the Gilligan island castaways. While they are based on parodies from Gilligan's island many are influenced by friends and family.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: I believe we all need a good laugh and that entertainment can be uplifting and great tool to spread the gospel message.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A: The play is a parody of the Gilligan's Island show. The more you can imitate the idiosyncrasies of these characters, the better it will sell. However, with that said, the play is written to stand on its own without anyone ever seeing Gilligan's Island.