Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Mortimer Olive Productions presents “Jawbone of an Ass” by Nan Schmid, the bizarre comical twisted tale of Paige Marie (played by Schmid): A Midwestern, hardcore, Bible thumping Christian whose husband Roy has gone missing. She is offered support by her supposed friend, Cora Ann, also a religious woman, but one who clearly has issues. They seek support from the visiting spiritual counsellor, Dr Admore, who advises Paige Marie that the way to find Roy is to enter a Pillsbury baking competition. Whilst trying to solve the mystery of Roy’s disappearance several important discoveries and confessions are made that turn the two women against each other and reveal some startling home truths.
Cora Ann bursts into Paige Marie’s kitchen and it’s clear they have a disingenuous relationship. They dance around each others’ insincere comments, but Cora Ann is clearly lusting after the missing Roy and Paige Marie doesn’t trust her alleged friend. Their encounter with Dr Admore becomes fraught, particularly when it’s revealed that Roy had a penchant for relieving his sexual tension in public, and he is catapulted into Paige Marie’s world. Through hypnotism Paige Marie reveals she is inhibited around men, Admore then opts to dress in drag so that she feels less threatened. Food plays a major part in their lives and Cora Ann jealously tries to outdo Paige Marie by winning a baking competition with her tuna fish pie. This is a direct challenge to Paige Marie who believes she is the more proficient cook. Madcap mayhem ensues that includes the Dr and Cora Ann’s bungled burglary attempt to find Paige Marie’s intended recipe ingredients and information that may lead to Roy’s whereabouts. Eventually the drama comes to a head and there is a massive showdown that leads to Roy, an arrest, electrocution and the return of a long lost friend.