Reading of my new short play IT’S ALL IN THE EYE on March 30, 2016 at
Philly’s Primary Stages.
My new short play PORTABLE DINERS has been selected by Four Quarter Theater for a staged reading as a part of their fall series “Transitions” on October 23rd at the Drama League in NYC.
Wonderful production of my play about Julia Tuttle at New Theatre’s Miami One-Acts directed by Madelin Marchant. From L to R: Nicole Mujica as Fannie Tuttle, Marj O’Neill-Butler, Marielva Sieg as Julia Tuttle, Madelin Merchant, director
My new short play, PORTABLE DINERS, will have a production at the Gunnison Arts Center in Gunnison, Colorado in September. The play is one of eight chosen from submissions.
My short play JULIA TUTTLE – MOTHER OF MIAMI and my monologue SHE WANTED ME will be produced by New Theatre for their Miami New Stages Festival on September 8 through 13, 2015
My short play MISSED CONNECTIONS is having a six performance run in Vancouver, British Columbia from July 27 – August 1, 2015. It is being produced by SBP Entertainments, Inc and in a production called And Now For Something Different, Yet Familiar Comedy Festival. This make the 15th production of this short play. Just received my royalty check too.
Theatre League Summer Theatre Festival Reading Series: Stages of the Sun at the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre space. Featured were Michelle Antelo, Eric Valdes and Donna Warfield and directed by me.
Pigs Do Fly Productions presents No Fear of Flying, seven short comedies chosen to highlight vibrant, healthy people over 50 doing interesting things with their lives. Theatre critic Bill Hirschman of Florida Theatre On Stage said:
“The strongest piece is indeed about third acts, They Called It Teasing, written by Marj O’Neill-Butler, well directed by Elena Maria Garcia, and quite well performed by the cast. At a reunion probably 30 years after high school graduation, two boorish former jocks (Todd Caster and Harry Marsh) whose best years were back then, drunkenly start to tease a quiet well-dressed successful businessman (Michael H. Small) and a lovely former clarinet player in the school band (Beverly Blanchette). It’s a classic set up for every nerd’s revenge fantasy and you can know satisfying payback is nigh, but exactly what and how is a pleasurable surprise.”
Full Cast from L to R:
Harry Marsh, Todd Caster, Michael H. Small and Beverly Blanchette
Donna Warfield, Carol Sussman and Elissa Solomon
Karen Figueerdo & Shelley Miller in my short play SWAMP GIRL directed by Chachi Colon and presented by New Theatre as a part of their Miami Winter One-Acts.
My 10 minute play SWAMP GIRL will be presented by New Theatre as a part of their Winter Session of Miami 1-Acts on December 19, 20 and 21 at their space in the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St. Miami, FL.
My 10 minute play IT’S A QUESTION OF MONEY is currently running at MicroTheater Miami on Wednesday and Thursday evenings through December 18th. Several shows a night. $5.00 a ticket. 1490 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The play features Ruben Fonseca and Alexander Matar with Desiree Mora as Stage Manager.
My 10 minute play SWAMP GIRL was read as a part of City Theatre’s Short Play Festival as a part of the Miami Book Fair in the Swamp Tent.
Pictured are Ashley Chang and Jessica Brooke Sanford as Desiree and Mariel.
Fifty Plus – A Celebration of Life As We Know It:
O’Neill-Butler’s short-play expertise showed through in Flight Fright about a woman who is afraid to fly and the two friends who come up with a way to get their anxiety ridden friend over her fear after a family crisis forces her to find a quick way from Miami to Denver. O’Neill-Butler is able to develop characters quickly in the evening’s peppy opener, which isn’t an easy task in the 10-minute play form.
’10×10 (2013)’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre by Amanda Gunther
The third annual 10-minute play festival is up and running for the spring season at the Fells Point Corner Theatre. With half the plays being from area playwrights this offering of 10-10 minute plays is a wonderful chance for aspiring playwrights to showcase new work. Along the lines of a theatrical box of chocolates, because you have no idea what you’re about to get, the festival offers nine different directors taking on ten unique and hopeful new works – with a team of ten actors that rotate in and out to create one exciting experience for the evening. Executive Producer and Coordinator Mark Steckbeck corrals a talented group of performers and directors into one really great evening for everyone involved in the theatre.
Missed Connections? Written by Marj O’Neill-Butler of Miami, Florida and directed by Kristan Lewman this production is thoroughly enjoyable. Well crafted by O’Neill-Butler, the story is a fast-paced satirical and comedic approach to the notion of Craigslist’s “missed connections” column. This dialogue between Rosie (Kate Shoemaker) and Bob (Andrew Porter) is extremely clever, well crafted and each character is well defined with a distinctive tone. The play is hysterically accurate when it comes to this modern element of dating and gives both Shoemaker and Porter a chance to really develop characters in the scene. There are even moments of deep sub-textual understanding conveyed in the glances and reactions to one another; a brilliant example of the gems that can arise from such a festival.
Missed Connections was voted Third Place as an Audience Favorite.
Piney Forks Press Theater!
My monologue My Silver Mirror is being read at the Lincoln Center Public Library in New York City on June 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM. This reading of monologues is produced by the Piney Forks Press Theater Festival June 2013.
MISSED CONNECTIONS, my 10 minute play, will be having its fourteenth production with a run of fourteen performances in April and May 2013 at the Fells Point Corner Theatre in Baltimore, MD.
My 10-minute play LEAVING HOME has been selected by White Rose Miami for inclusion in their short play festival: Miami Time. Performances are February 15 and 16, 2013 at PAX in downtown Miami.
My short play MISSED CONNECTIONS is having its 13th production with six performances from February 8th through 17th, 2013 with The Parish Players in Thetford, VT.
One of my wishes for 2012 was to have my work published. I have just heard that my play MISSED CONNECTIONS is to be included in the Best 10-Minute Plays 2013, published by Smith and Kraus. First developed at the Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive, MISSED CONNECTIONS has had 12 different productions all over the USA and Seoul, South Korea. Happy New Year all!
My new and slightly naughty play ELF YOURSELF, has been selected by New Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida for inclusion in a weekend of short plays called Miami 1-Acts. The selection of short plays will be produced for three days beginning December 21st.
In February 2013 my play MISSED CONNECTIONS will have its 12th production (five performances) with the Paw Paw Village Players in Paw Paw, Michigan. It was selected for last year’s One-Act Festival but was pulled when an actress had to drop out. I’m happy they have selected it for this year’s production.
My short play SCAVENGER HUNT has been selected by Vermont Playwrights Circle for their SHORT & SWEET staged reading showcase October 18-20, 2012 in Westford, Vermont. Click here for their website:
From the producers:
“Your play What If? is beautiful and heart-wrenching and its brutal, simple specificity touched us on a profound level. In other words, we love it and we would be delighted and honored to include it in our SLUT a festival of short works”
This series is inspired by the War on Women, which serves to hinder a woman’s right to privacy, choice, and safety. SLUT is the first installment of the UNmute! Reading Series, a season-long project aimed at raising the volume on stifled voices.