A Slice of the Blarney

by  Kitty Burns

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  3m, 4f

Shannon O'Leary is on his death bed. He is a multi-millionaire who knows that his family is just waiting for him to die to see who inherits his fortune. One by one the "faithful" relatives show up and circle like vultures, just waiting. Shannon knows this, but still hopes that there is at least o…

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A Slice of the Blarney

by  Kitty Burns

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Christmas/Holiday
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Shannon O’Leary is on his death bed. He is a multi-millionaire who knows that his family is just waiting for him to die to see who inherits his fortune. One by one the “faithful” relatives show up and circle like vultures. Shannon knows this, but still hopes that there is at least one of them who really loves him. His last request is for an authentic Irish wake, a wish that gets fulfilled in Act Two – sort of.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Shannon O’Leary’s house, in a town right outside of Manhattan.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

3m, 4f
SHANNON O'LEARY - 60-65, crotchety old man
DOUGLAS O'LEARY - 40s-50s, loud mouth; Shannon’s brother
KATIE O'LEARY - 20s, sweet, caring; Shannon’s youngest daughter
ARLENE O'LEARY – 50s, headstrong; Shannon’s ex-wife
SHARON O'LEARY - 30s, gypsy-like, fun; thinks she’s psychic; Shannon’s daughter
PATRICK O'LEARY - 20s, chip on his shoulder; Shannon’s son
COLLEEN SULLIVAN - 30s; pleasant, especially toward Shannon; Shannon’s maid
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Kitty Burns

Kitty Burns grew up thinking she was 100% Irish Catholic; then, to her surprise, at 18 years of age, she found out that she was only 50% Irish Catholic. The other 50% was Russian Jew! With an identity crisis like that, she figured that she should get into something sensible and rational that would give ...

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A Slice of the Blarney was first produced by the Vagabond Players in Burbank, California in 1999. Later, it was the first play to be produced at the Haas-Lilienthal House at the Historical San Francisco Museum, where it opened on March 17, 2002.

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