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Black Jack: The Thief of Possession - Full Length Play, Comedy

Black Jack: The Thief of Possession

Rosary Hartel O'Neill

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 4f, 12m or f

ISBN: 9780573697678

Nominee! Pulitzer Prize for new American Drama
Winner! NYC Alice's Fourth Floor Prize for new plays


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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - The deck and lounge of the Dixie Queen paddleboat, departing from New Orleans, Louisiana, up the Mississippi River to Natchez, Mississippi.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre

Nominee! Pulitzer Prize for new American Drama
Winner! NYC Alice's Fourth Floor Prize for new plays
Black Jack the Thief of Possession exposes the greedy machinations of an eccentric Southern family squeezed into the close quarters of a Mississippi paddlewheel cruise ship for the New Year's holiday. Matriarch Irene Dubonnet is determined to unravel the mystery of why her gorgeous daughter thinks she is a 19th century poet. Kaitlyn is channeling the poet Baudelaire, and hiding a secret. Family members don costumes for New Year's Eve, casting off their old identities and trying to figure a new way to face Kaitlin's disturbing news with a buoyant attitude. Blackjack is a sequel to O'Neill's card plays Wishing Aces, and Solitaire. The selective setting of deck of a paddleboat provides atmospheric staging possibilities for sounds and flashing lights.
"The dialogue has a poetic quality and intensity of meaning that even surpasses its three predecessors. O'Neill finds a bombshell combination of '90s sexual dialogue, psychology, and occult metaphysics to move her plot line along." - Spotlight
Characters

CASTING

2m, 4f, 12m or f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

Up to 12 m/f extras may be added.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

IRENE SONIAT DUBONNET (MIMI) - 60's; a ravishing matriarch. Her family has roots in the nineteenth century, and she still presides over a vast Garden District house in New Orleans.
LUISA GARCIA - Early 20s; an Hispanic medical student, too pretty for her office as Irene’s companion; sleek and firm; she is poured into a shirt, jeans, and a nurse’s jacket.
BUNKY DUBONNET LEGERE - 20s; a rock star and Irene’s grandson; he has mood eyes that change colors and wild hair.
JAMES BEAUREGARD ELLIS(BEAU) - 40s; Bunky’s stepfather; athletic and tanned; he dresses in Ivy League, navy and black blazers with shirts and sweaters of gray, blue, and wine.
KAITLIN ELLIS - 40s; Bunky’s mother; a delicate beauty with the clearest eyes and a porcelain complexion just beginning to crack from the strain of illness.
RORY DEBANGO - 40s-50s; single; there is something striking about her, an exotic strain of wild, unpredictable whimsy.
Rental Materials

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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