Recent and Upcoming Readings, Productions, & Workshops, etc.

Winter, 2019

WHAT: Rosary’s new book New Orleans Voodoo: A cultural History by Rory Schmitt, PhD and Rosary Harzinski, PhD

NEW ORLEANS SAYING: "You don't find Voodoo, Voodoo finds you."

DATE: Arcadia Publishing Company, January 2019

ABOUT: There is no more compelling nor more spiritual a city than New Orleans. The city’s Roman Catholic roots and its blended¬†French, Spanish, Creole, and American Indian populations heavily influenced the rites and rituals of West African enslaved laborers brought to Louisiana. The resulting unique Voodoo tradition is now deeply rooted in the area. Enslaved practitioners in the nineteenth century held voodoo dances in designated public areas like Congo Square but conducted their secret rituals away from the prying eyes of the city. By 1874, some 12,000 New Orleanians, black and white, attended Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau's St. John’s Eve rites on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. The Voodoo tradition continues in the Crescent City even today. Rory Schmitt and Rosary Harzinski study the altars, art, history and ceremonies that anchor Voodoo in New Orleans culture.



Fall, 2018

WHAT: Rosary named artist/scholar in the American Studies Department

WHERE: The Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universitaet in Bonn, Germany

DATE: October 4 to November 14, 2018

ABOUT: Rosary invited to Bonn for their 25th Anniversary celebration as part of the Fulbright Specialist Program. This will be her 8th Fulbright award.



Spring, 2018

WHAT: Rosary's'play, Mariln/God (a comedy published by Samuel French) has been chosen to be produced at the Roxy Theatre in Tennessee

WHERE: Roxy Regional Theatre, 100 Franklin St., Clarksville, TN

DATE: April 30, May 1, 7, 8 2018

TIME: 7:00 PM

ABOUT:The year is 1962. Marilyn Monroe has just died and must audition for heaven. But her judges are her thirteen aborted babies. Will she get into heaven? Capturing the effervescent humor of Marilyn confused and intrigued by the signs she must follow to climb her way into heaven, this comedy explores the multi-levels of complexity of the cult goddess and how Americans' worship of beauty and fame fueled her rise to stardom.

CONTACT: web:;email:; phone: 931-645-7699; tickets: $15.00


WHAT: World premiere production of Turtle Soup, winner in the New Plays Festival, Spectral Sisters Productions

WHERE: the Hearn Stage of the Kress Building, 1090 3rd St., Alexandria, LA.

DATES: January 25-28, 2018

TIMES: 7:30 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 PM on Sunday

TICKETS: Call Ticket Central at 318-484-4474. Price is only $12.00

ABOUT: Rosary O'Neill's play, Turtle Soup was one of four plays selected for production in the 2017 Spectral Sisters One-Act Play Festival.


Fall, 2017

WHAT: An invitation to Screenwriting Television Workshop with David Black

WHERE: Kirkland House, Harvard University

DATE: October 31 to November 3


WHAT: Rosary's Hurricane play, Wishing Aces (a comedy published by Samuel French) has been chosen to be staged in a workshop reading

WHERE: The Gallery Players, 199 14th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York Benno Haenel, artistic director of Prism Theatre Company directs with a cast of shining New York actors.

DATE: October 9

ABOUT: In spite of a warning, Kitten, a runaway housewife, joins her Tulane professor, Beau, on a train trip through the Louisana swamp. They manage successfully until her son, Bunky, in an effort to punish her, shows up a stowaway on the train. As Kitten and Beau struggle though the tensions, a hurricane rages and their relationships explode.


May 26-28, 2017

WHERE: Theater for the New City,
Executive Artistic Director Crystal Field,
155 First Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets)
New York, NY 10003
For more info: (212)254-1109


DESCRIPTION: A staged reading of John Singer Sargent and Madame X by Rosary O'Neill Directed by Benno Haenel. Selected to be shown in the 20th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, whose purpose is to discover new writing.

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May 22, 2017

WHERE: The Gallery Players, 199 14th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn

TIME: 7:00PM

DESCRIPTION: A staged reading of John Singer Sargent and Madame X Directed by Benno Haenel.



Invited into Actor Director's Workshop of the Actors Studio to develop her play "Monty, Marilyn, Liz". Directed by Benno Haedel and starring Mallory Danahau, Michelle Best and others.


April 2017 in Paris

WHERE:Theatre de la Tempete, Cartoucherie

DESCRIPTION: Rosary has an invitation from Philippe Adrien at the Theatre de la Tempete, Cartoucherie for residency in the month of April to study his technique and research her play Beckett at Greystones Bay.

On April 4 and 6 two readings took place of Rosary's play Degas in New Orleans
One was at Grande Salle, Columbia University, Reid Hall Global Center, Paris, the other at Amphi Turgot, Sorbonne University, Paris. Both were well received. Below are some photos taken at these events (Photos by Carole diTosti):

On April 4, before the reading

WHERE: At Columbia University, Reid Hall Global Center, Paris
DESCRIPTION: Mary Anderson, Carole diTosti, and Brunhilde Biebuyck Administrative Director Columbia's University's Reid Hall Global Center, Paris before the reading of Degas in New Orleans. FAR RIGHT: Director Joseph Danan in centre and actors from Degas in New Orleans at the Sorbonne

Spring 2018 in Paris

WHERE: Irish Cultural Center (in the Latin Quarter)

DESCRIPTION:Residency for a month to develop her play Degas in New Orleans for the 2017 Centennial of Degas' death, and to develop her rock musical Marie Laveau and the Vampire for production in New Orleans and Paris in 1918.