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Rhapsodies - Collection / Anthology, Comedy

Rhapsodies

Rosary Hartel O'Neill

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Collection / Anthology, Comedy

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573697692

Two short plays by celebrated author Rosary O'Neill: Wings of Madness and Turtle Soup.


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$75 with companion piece


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Description

Collection / Anthology

Comedy

10 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - THE WINGS OF MADNESS: interior of a Spanish-type mortuary on Veterans Highway outside New Orleans , the type with fake brick, too much wrought iron, and lanterns with amber glass or possibly glass in several colors. Tackiness is felt in the details: an overdone sign-in table, metal folding chairs, a pressed wood end table with Kleenex and plastic roses, and a coffin. TURTLE SOUP: Noon, Master bedroom of a New Orleans mansion.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Fantasy Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TAGS

Aging, Death

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Shoestring Budget

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.


Characters

CASTING

1m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Female, Cross gender casting, Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Can also be done with a cast of 2 women or a cast of 2 women and one man (for Turtle Soup)

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus



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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Rosary Hartel O'Neill

Rosary Hartel O'Neill

Rosary Hartel O'Neill is the author of twenty-two plays most published by Samuel French, Inc. This summer and fall she has upcoming fellowships in TV/playwriting at Harvard, the Norman Mailer Center and Sanskriti Kendra, India. Other professional achievements include: Marilyn/God published by Samuel French, Inc. and Uncle Victor read at the German Consulate in New York City. She was Artist in ... view full profile

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