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Marilyn/God - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Marilyn/God

Rosary Hartel O'Neill

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

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ISBN: 9780573699139

An exploration of the multi-levels of complexity of cult goddess Marilyn Monroe - her vulnerability, anger, and how Americans' worship of beauty and fame fueled her rise to stardom.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Biography

60 minutes (1 hour)

Time Period - 1960s

Settings Of Play - The action takes place n the mind of Marilyn on an empty stage with a chair. Some time between 7:30 pm August 4th and 3:30 am August 5th, 1962, during Marilyn’s final hours.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Special Effects

Monologues

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget

Pitch Magazine's Best One-Woman Show 2016
Acclaimed in Norway and work shopped with the Actors Studio, NYC, this comedy captures the effervescent humor of Marilyn Monroe confused and intrigued by the signs she must follow to climb her way into heaven. Marilyn has just died and must audition for heaven. But her judges are her 13 aborted babies. Will she get into heaven? The play explores the multi-levels of complexity of cult goddess Marilyn Monroe - her vulnerability, anger, and how Americans' worship of beauty and fame fueled her rise to stardom. The action takes place in the mind of Marilyn on an empty stage with a chair.

REVIEWS 

"a nuanced, uncomfortably intimate script with the curb appeal of Starlight Express." - The Pitch, Read More 

"[Marilyn/God] adeptly dissects both Marilyn's privilege as a Hollywood megastar, the searingly felt trials of her lost loves, and her descent into drug abuse." - Artist Review Kansas City, Read More 

"FIVE STARS! A one-woman bonanza!" - Kansas City Examiner, Read More

"...a one-act psychological melodrama with dashes of dark comedy that histrionically, but ably, explores the destructive nature of fame." - Kansas City Star, Read More

"This is wonderful material for a director, because you are not trapped by realism. Anything can happen." - director Branden McCall, Read More 


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Marilyn/God has received several productions including being a part of the Faulkner Festival and Southern Rep Theatre in New Orleans, Page/Torn Theatre, and the Abingdon Theatre in New York City.

Characters

CASTING

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CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Female

CASTING NOTES

One actress onstage and two or more voices representing the various people in Marilyn's life.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

MARILYN MONROE – a movie star, 36; dressed in a fluid, cream-colored, silk gown slit to the thigh, sandal heels; looks tattered
VOICE and AGENT - Marilyn’s Judges, offstage for the course of the play
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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 25 plays, 18 published by Samuel French, Inc., and three books of nonfiction. The fourth edition of her text The Actor’s Checklist, is used in schools nationwide. Her book The Director As Artist will be published in a second edition in 2018. Her book New Orleans Carnival Krewes: The History, Spirit and Secrets of Mardi Gras by the History press (2014) had ... view full profile

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