• Storytelling/The Plays •
Murphy’s shows Crazy Bag & Carry On will be performed at the Magnetic Theatre asheville September 6-15, 2019
A Well Traveled Life and the Stories to Prove It
In addition to helping my clients tell their stories, I have a few of my own.
I’ve always been both a performer and a business woman. When I was a little girl, I set up my own “professional” theatre in the garage and charged the neighbors .25 cents to see my productions, including a full scale production of Annie complete with a cast of neighbor kids and the family dog.
In 2006, as a tired, over-worked single mom who found herself way off the path intended, I wrote my first one woman play called Crazy Bag.
In 2007, I packed a Subaru with 500 pounds of baggage and hit the road with that show, which uses only baggage as a set, about my journey as a rebellious minister's daughter and single mother.
In its premiere at the Colorado Theatre Festival, Crazy Bag won Best Set, Best Director, and All State Actress and Denver Post Ovation nominee honors. Crazy Bag went on to play in Breckenridge, Aspen, Denver, Albuquerque and Oklahoma City and was accepted into the 2008 San Francisco Fringe Festival.
My performances brought me back to Asheville where my journey began the day I went screeching out of the gates of Bible College two decades earlier.
In 2010, I met my “matching luggage" and started a family in Black Mountain, NC. In my second year of marriage, we learned that my husband had bone marrow cancer. It was then that I wrote a second play, Carry On, which provides insights into what to do when everything falls apart and you have to pick up the pieces…again. In 2017, Carry On premiered on the Asheville Community Theatre Mainstage.
About the Baggage
Once a rebellious minister’s daughter who dropped out of Bible College, I once lived in my car and called 6 cities home in 10 years. In my original one woman plays, I wake one morning to find the baggage of my life has spilled out of the overhead compartment. I must sort and unpack to determine how to help my daughter avoid making the same mistakes.
I am now happy I can now laugh about my past and make healthy use of humor while unloading my burdens. My shows are fast-paced revelations of an frequently outrageous journey from barroom to motherhood, rebellion to redemption.
I believe claiming our baggage has the capacity to be life changing. The term ‘baggage’ is fraught with negative connotations. I want to reclaim the word.
Baggage is our souvenirs. It is also our treasures.
Crazy Bag Review by David Marlowe
More Crazy Bag and Carry On Press:
Murphy Funkhouser (Capps) and Christopher Willard prove to be an unbeatable combination in the creation of “Crazy Bag,” the one-woman-show over at Vintage Theatre that is written and performed by Ms. Funkhouser. Christopher Willard directs the piece with his usual professional panache. Willard is that theatre genius whose work Denver theatre goers get to see all too infrequently.
Recently he decided to direct this script penned by Murphy Funkhouser (Capps). Willard’s direction of “Crazy Bag,” allows the actor/playwright’s memories and issues to live with vibrant urgency. The play itself has a good deal of comic material at its beginning, and then takes on a more serious tone near the end.
The adorable Murphy Funkhouser (Capps) is one of the most expressive and charismatic actors you will ever see. She has a smile that lights up the room! Her comic timing is superb. The playwright envisions herself as a woman with “baggage.” Emotional baggage! We have all got it! The way she deals with it is through humor … and a few tears. So Mr. Willard has assembled a wide array of suitcases, valises and well, crazy bags which surround the central character. Their contents point to issues and memories of the past.
Ms. Funkhouser (Capps) is one of the brightest stars currently rising on the horizon of Colorado regional theatre. Go and see this superb new talent. The show has already been extended once. Don’t miss it.