Two short plays by celebrated author Rosary O'Neill: Wings of Madness
and Turtle Soup
. The Wings of Madness
was heralded by Northshore Theatre in Mandeville, La. and the Columbia University writer Joyce Griffen. You can't go wrong when you combine the elements of a tacky funeral parlor on a highway outside New Orleans, a murdered beauty who taunts the audience while explaining why she was murdered and a coffin sitting in the audience (optional). Be prepared for a very Gothic evening. The bare stage and opening effect of a corpse coming alive create exciting visual opportunities. Turtle Soup
is a short play that builds tension between a 'dying' uncle (or aunt) and a young niece who is after the family inheritance. A tirade occurs over Turtle Soup and ends in the spilling of soup and the breaking of the secret as the old invalid guffaws about a joke being played on that day, April first - All Fools Day. NOTE: the role of the old uncle may be cast with a female playing it as an aunt. The bedroom setting in an old New Orleans mansion creates an evocative sense of place.