Turtle Soup

by  Rosary Hartel O'Neill

Short Play, Comedy  /  1f, 1m or f

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.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1f, 1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

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.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: Noon, the present, in the master bedroom of a New Orleans mansion.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

1f, 1m or f
GENE SONIAT - 69.; a clever man; deaf; lies on his sickbed. He stares blankly ahead, and breathes through a partially opened mouth. When he speaks, he shouts. This can be played by a woman.
LUCILLE - 29; the pregnant niece of Gene.
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Cast Attributes

  • Flexible casting

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Rosary Hartel O'Neill

Rosary Hartel O’Neill is the author of 25 plays, 18 published by Samuel French, Inc., and four books of nonfiction. The fourth edition of her text "The Actor’s Checklist", is used in schools nationwide.  Her book "New Orleans Voodoo, (co-written with Rory Schmitt) A Cultural History" will be published in January 2 ...

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Turtle Soup premiered at the Westchester Collaborative Theatre in New York after being awarded the Invitational Staging Award.

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