Recent and Upcoming Readings, Productions, & Workshops, etc.
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.
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.
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: roxyregionaltheatre.org;email: email@example.com; 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.
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,
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.
May 22, 2017
WHERE: The Gallery Players, 199 14th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn
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
On April 4 and 6 two readings took place of Rosary's play Degas in New Orleans
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