Wishing Aces

by  Rosary Hartel O'Neill

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

"Aces is a wonderfully evocative comedy that is Southern to the core…it has four quirky characters each of whom is vividly painted by the playwright with striking features artfully disclosed in picturesque southern repartee that is replete with clever comic barbs… The relationship between the characters developed in the easy-flowing dialogue is beautifully evolved by Mrs O'Neill's well-devised 90 minute play" - Clarion Herald

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A wealthy student/housewife must choose between her life and that of 3 other people on a train. She has run off with a college professor only to be caught in a Mississippi swamp. The hurricane brewing outside the train builds toward its inevitable whirlwind of destruction, changing her life in the process. Whom will this new age woman choose? Set in an empty Gothic station in somewhere, Louisiana.

Wishing Aces was named a top new contemporary comedy by Seattle New Plays Network, given a Fulbright Award for Paris Louisiana Exchange, and performed at the Cartoucherie Theatre in Paris and in Moscow.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Aces is a wonderfully evocative comedy that is Southern to the core…it has four quirky characters each of whom is vividly painted by the playwright with striking features artfully disclosed in picturesque southern repartee that is replete with clever comic barbs… The relationship between the characters developed in the easy-flowing dialogue is beautifully evolved by Mrs O'Neill's well-devised 90 minute play" - Clarion Herald

 

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A waiting room in a train depot in the Pearl River Swamp, Louisiana.
  • 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

2m, 2f
KITTEN LEGERE - 36; college student; married to new money. Dressed all in bonny blue, she wears a Laura Ashley ensemble a bit tight in the waist and bust, and a hat. She carries a ribboned basket of supplies and food. She is gorgeous like a china doll from Paris but sometimes stutters, especially when talking about her son.
JAMES BEAUREGARD (BEAU) ELLIS - 38; professor of English Literature; heir to his family's plantation and sugar business; dressed from toe to crown in Ivy League blue and gray: an oxford cloth shirt, the university club tie, Bally loafers. Right now, he is broke. He carries worn Gucci luggage, a London Fog raincoat, an umbrella, and a brief case.
BUNKY LEGERE - 15; Kitten's son; poured into jean cut offs, tee-shirt, leather jacket, and boots. Over one shoulder, he carries a nap sack with books, shoes, a bandana, patches, and pins hanging from it, and a fencing sword. He wears his hair over his face like a mask.
HETTY WILLIAMS - 20s-50s; the porter; limps; a strong woman. Her leg starts acting up whenever anybody criticizes her. From rural Louisiana, she wears a porter's uniform with a name tag and a rhinestone necklace, earrings. Perhaps a nose ring.
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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Roles for Teens
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Up to 5 female extras

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Authors

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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