The Wings of Madness

by  Rosary Hartel O'Neill

10 Minute Play, Drama  /  1f

In a funeral parlor on a highway outside New Orleans, a murdered beauty taunts the audience while explaining why she was murdered. Be prepared for a very Gothic evening. The bare stage and opening effect of a corpse coming alive create exciting visual opportunities.

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The Wings of Madness

by  Rosary Hartel O'Neill

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

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.
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Keywords

Death

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Senior Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, Not Applicable
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: The 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.
  • 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
CLAUDIA - a beautiful woman of uncertain age; pale-faced with long blonde hair. Her voluptuous figure is sheathed in moonbeam silk. A wispy chiffon scarf floats free in the breeze which blows from behind her.
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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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 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: ...

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