by  Rosary Hartel O'Neill

Collection / Anthology, Comedy  /  1m, 1f

Two short plays by celebrated author Rosary O'Neill: Wings of Madness and Turtle Soup.

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    1m, 1f
  • Duration


    10 minutes
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

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Two short plays by celebrated author Rosary O'Neill: Wings of Madness and Turtle Soup.

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.

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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Aging, Death


Performing Groups

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


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $75 with companion piece



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: THE WINGS OF MADNESS: 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. TURTLE SOUP: Noon, Master bedroom of a New Orleans mansion.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes


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


1m, 1f
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Cross gender casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Can also be done with a cast of 2 women or a cast of 2 women and one man (for Turtle Soup)



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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