MUMBO was a hybrid circus-burlesque-theater play that told the tale of Trixie Petite, an animal trainer in a French circus trying to save her act by training a monkey; while a vindictive ringmaster threatens to sell him to the glue factory and stops at nothing to force her to become his wife. Co-written with Bradford Scobie who played Monsieur Dingaling. With live, original score by the psych-mambo band, Gato Loco. Set design by Jared Davis. Costumes by Garo Sparo and Mr. Gorgeous.
Trixie considers this play to be her "circus school thesis" show, as it was created during her 2 years attending New England Center for Circus Arts. Thoroughly researched, Trixie drew inspiration from the powerful, tight bond that elephant trainers have with their elephants in the circus, often living side by side for decades. The research into circus history lead Trixie to discover such amazing, and often tragic, elephant stories such as Jumbo, Modoc, Topsy and the novel, Water for Elephants. Trixie and Monkey incorporated the use of a double stacked trapeze (one trapeze hanging from the bottom of the other), a mini-trampoline designed to be a marching band bass drum, a burlesque flea circus and featured their budding skills in the art of Risley, or foot juggling. The show premiered in Brattleboro, VT at Luminz Studio in February 2009 and then ran for one week at Baltimore Theater Project in March 2009. Mumbo was staged one other time at House of Yes in Brooklyn in 2011.