Marj O'Neill-Butler

Marj O'Neill-Butler

Marj O’Neill-Butler is a member of the Dramatists Guild (Florida Regional Rep), Playwright’s Center and the International Center for Women Playwrights. Her work has been seen in 28 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Great Britain, Scotland and Seoul, S Korea. Produced Plays: True Blue, A Room With A Bit of Magic, Last Two for the Interview, Finding Help, Visiting Dad, Movin' On, There's New...
Marj O’Neill-Butler is a member of the Dramatists Guild (Florida Regional Rep), Playwright’s Center and the International Center for Women Playwrights. Her work has been seen in 28 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Great Britain, Scotland and Seoul, S Korea. Produced Plays: True Blue, A Room With A Bit of Magic, Last Two for the Interview, Finding Help, Visiting Dad, Movin' On, There's New Life Coming, Important Date, Mama’s Things, Cleaning House, Stalking, Julia Tuttle: The Mother of Miami, Being Ferried, Taking Things in Hand, Looking for Seasonal Work, Into The City, Gwen Has A Date, Pickup, Portland, Portable Diners, It’s All in the Eye, They Called It Teasing, Special Delivery, Flight Fright, Leaving Home, What If?, It’s A Question of Money, Scavenger Hunt, Swamp Girl, Missed Connections and a reader’s theatre script The Women of the Beat Generation.

Plays

  • 0% Chance of Visibility by Marj O'Neill-Butler and Arianna Rose
    When women reach a certain age, they often find themselves being ignored and overlooked for work, social occasions and dating. This musical, based on the short play Sneaking A Peek by Marj O’Neill-Butler, introduces us to two mature characters: Elena who is out living her life and not letting let the world dim her wants and needs; and Lorna, who has let life pass her by and who has been made to feel invisible...
    When women reach a certain age, they often find themselves being ignored and overlooked for work, social occasions and dating. This musical, based on the short play Sneaking A Peek by Marj O’Neill-Butler, introduces us to two mature characters: Elena who is out living her life and not letting let the world dim her wants and needs; and Lorna, who has let life pass her by and who has been made to feel invisible in the world in which she lives. Elena takes Lorna in hand and informs and teaches her how to enjoy life, sex and love all over again. Here’s to all women who want to live their lives in interesting, involved and exciting ways, no matter what their age. Book/Lyrics by Marj O'Neill-Butler; Music by Arianna Rose.
  • A BUMP IN THE NIGHT
    Following a lead given to her by her coworkers, Claire investigates an old, empty, thought to be
    haunted building. Thinking it will make a good story for her cable TV station, she enters the empty structure one night. She finds more than one surprise there.
  • A ROOM WITH A BIT OF MAGIC
    A young actress finally gets cast in a part she's worked hard for. She visits the costume room where she has seen magic happen and is made to feel beautiful.
  • CHANCE MEETING
    Alone during the pandemic, three people who live in the same building finally meet on their fire escape and discover they don't have too much in common except their need for connection, acceptance and new found friendship.
  • CHANGING TEAMS
    A family's life shifts and changes over a year when Dad makes a big transition.
  • CLEANING HOUSE
    Marcia is trying to get her mother, who has recently had a fall, to move into an assisted living complex. Billie, the mother, wants no part of it as she has found a new life. Marcia is in for more than one surprise after Brad enters the scene.
  • DESPERATION
    The play tells the story of two mature sisters Beth and Pamela, who have failed at love. Their friends, a group of women over the age of fifty who all belong to the same book club, decide to make a study of "how to attract a man" through the books they read to help the two sisters find love. One of the women invites a man to join the discussion and Beth resists to the point of rudeness. Finally Beth...
    The play tells the story of two mature sisters Beth and Pamela, who have failed at love. Their friends, a group of women over the age of fifty who all belong to the same book club, decide to make a study of "how to attract a man" through the books they read to help the two sisters find love. One of the women invites a man to join the discussion and Beth resists to the point of rudeness. Finally Beth ventures into an on-line dating web site where she finally finds "Mr. Right." Or so she thinks.
  • DEVELOPING
    Laurie and Gwen, mothers of "tween" daughters, are interrupted by a third Mom with bad news about Laurie's daughter. Neither Laurie nor Gwen think the news is bad and a conflict develops between the three women. Who is right?
  • DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING THEY SAY
    Two women discuss the political scene about truth and lying and decide to get involved. Sumara's calendar is full-up though, until she confesses she's just like the politicians.
  • FINDING HELP
    Daphne and her Mother are at loggerheads concerning assisted living or bringing in a caregiver. When
    Daphne tries to solve the problem, she is surprised by her Mother's attitude.
  • FLIGHT FRIGHT
    Three mature friends have gathered for coffee and a discussion of Judy's expected new grandson. After joking about how Judy will get to Denver to see the baby being born, she receives a phone call that her son has been in a serious accident. Using game playing, her friends try to talk Judy, who is afraid of planes, into flying out to be with him.
  • FOUR BEDROOMS
    Carol, (60’s), has been left with a second mortgage and no pension by her late gambler of a husband. She and her friend Ellie come up with the idea of a female boarding house for older women who have lost their pensions or have medical expenses. By sharing the costs, four women can live easily in a large home in a good college town neighborhood and Carol can save her house. The women thrive in the new...
    Carol, (60’s), has been left with a second mortgage and no pension by her late gambler of a husband. She and her friend Ellie come up with the idea of a female boarding house for older women who have lost their pensions or have medical expenses. By sharing the costs, four women can live easily in a large home in a good college town neighborhood and Carol can save her house. The women thrive in the new situation and develop new educational goals and successful late careers. When Carol’s “New York” daughter Megan comes for a sudden visit, she belittles the situation. A year later her daughter has been fired, is bankrupt and in need of a place to stay. Will Carol open her home to her and disrupt the lives of the women and the financial stability they bring to her life? Is this small college town now good enough for the daughter?

  • GWEN HAS A DATE
    Gwen, an older woman, has a date with a man she met at the grocery store. Her two friends come with her to meet and vet this man.
  • INTO THE CITY
    While traveling to the city on a ferry, Ashley's future is foretold.
  • IT'S ALL IN THE EYE
    Carla, a young, not very successful artist, visits a small gallery to view some modern art. While there, she learns several lessons about her work and possible future as an artist.
  • IT'S A QUESTION OF MONEY
    Adam and Brian are friends from work and they stop into Brian’s apartment. Adam discovers that Brian, who tends to brag, lives in a barely livable apartment. He hoards his money and takes advantage of Adam’s sister Chloe. But everything is not what it seems.
  • JULIA TUTTLE - The Mother of Miami
    It is 1894. Julia is intent on getting Henry Flagler to come south to what was Ft. Dallas. She figures that if he could see the area, he’d extend his railroad to South Florida, and it would change everything. Business. International visitors. Vacationers. It would become the Gateway to South America. Fannie, Julia’s daughter wants to photograph Julia and send a copy of the picture to Henry along with a...
    It is 1894. Julia is intent on getting Henry Flagler to come south to what was Ft. Dallas. She figures that if he could see the area, he’d extend his railroad to South Florida, and it would change everything. Business. International visitors. Vacationers. It would become the Gateway to South America. Fannie, Julia’s daughter wants to photograph Julia and send a copy of the picture to Henry along with a fresh orange blossom branch and a postcard of the sunny weather to encourage his railroad. Julia decides that the town needs a new name after the river. Fannie tells Julia she will be known as the mother of Miami. Julia poses for the photo.
  • LAST TWO FOR THE INTERVIEW
    Two young women are the last two candidates vying for a good job. Isabel is very sure of herself while Clare is shy and less aggressive. Tables are turned.
  • LEAVING HOME
    After their business fails and they lose their home to foreclosure, Emma and Craig seem to be moving apart. With less than an hour left before the bank comes to change the locks, Emma and Craig try to repair their relationship while packing up their lives and leaving home.
  • LEAVING THINGS BEHIND
    Nancy, whose husband has passed away, is dealing with her feelings now that she is alone. Her friends have suggestions, but are surprised when Nancy confesses what she has been dreaming about doing in the near future. LEAVING THINGS BEHIND is about finding oneself in her golden years.
  • LOOKING FOR SEASONAL WORK
    Joshua goes to the North Pole to interview for an elf position. What he finds is the opposite of what he expects.
  • LOSING TRUST
    Ciara catches her fiancé with his hands up her girlfriends skirt and escapes to the ladies room of the restaurant. There she meets Jennifer who teaches her more than one lesson about love and respect.
  • MAMA'S THINGS
    Kelly has come home after the death of her mother to clean out her mother's things. In the boxes she finds memories and revelations.
  • MISSED CONNECTIONS
    Rosie meets a great guy Bob, at Whole Foods, but after a good conversation they part without exchanging contact information. Rosie places a notice on “Missed Connections” on Craigslist in hopes of meeting up with this guy again. Bob tells his friend Norm about a chance meeting and how much he liked this girl he met at Whole Foods. Norm sees Rosie’s listing on “Missed Connections” and tells Bob the girl he met...
    Rosie meets a great guy Bob, at Whole Foods, but after a good conversation they part without exchanging contact information. Rosie places a notice on “Missed Connections” on Craigslist in hopes of meeting up with this guy again. Bob tells his friend Norm about a chance meeting and how much he liked this girl he met at Whole Foods. Norm sees Rosie’s listing on “Missed Connections” and tells Bob the girl he met is trying to contact him. Bob contacts Rosie and they agree to meet for coffee where unexpected complications arise.
  • MY SILVER MIRROR
    Adele tells two friends from high school how her life has changed and evolved. She tells of packing up and tossing her things four years ago, to cleanse herself and her life. When she stops and picks up the silver mirror her father had given her as a child, she cleans it, and sees herself in a new light. And that's when good things start to happen for her.
  • NOT FINE
    Susan, in her 50's, suddenly starts forgetting things and blanking out. It’s as if she’s
    suddenly left the room. Both her mother Joyce and her daughter, Alli have noticed
    this and become concerned. When, after mishaps at work and in her car, Susan is
    finally diagnosed with early onset dementia, the world of the three women changes
    drastically. Susan makes her mother...
    Susan, in her 50's, suddenly starts forgetting things and blanking out. It’s as if she’s
    suddenly left the room. Both her mother Joyce and her daughter, Alli have noticed
    this and become concerned. When, after mishaps at work and in her car, Susan is
    finally diagnosed with early onset dementia, the world of the three women changes
    drastically. Susan makes her mother promise to care for her at home, and the
    grandmother and the daughter after making the promise, are forced to play
    caretaker and breadwinner as the dementia worsens. The grandmother and Alli pay
    the price as their lives begin to degrade as well. But a promise is a promise, isn’t it?

  • PICKUP
    A man tries to pick up a woman he thinks is his old
    girlfriend. She has other plans.
  • PORTABLE DINERS
    During the first eighteen months of being a mother, three women
    muse about breast feeding, baby teeth, frustrations, husbands and
    the joys and woes of being a Mom.
  • PORTLAND
    Kayla is horrified by her Florida mother, who dresses colorfully and always says what's on her mind. When Gladys comes to visit, Kayla is afraid to have her mother to meet her boyfriend, Ardwyn. Tables are turned.
  • ROUGH WATERS
    Loneliness. Grieving. Reminiscing. Strangers. Conversations. Memories.
    ROUGH WATERS is a play about all of these things. Two strangers, Andrew and Betty, meet on the Staten Island ferry. After a while they find out they have a lot in common. Betty discovers it doesn't hurt to talk to a stranger, because this time it leads her to share a very private and moving moment.
  • SCAVENGER HUNT
    Adam and Carrie are on a family scavenger hunt. Adam takes Carrie into a funeral parlour to find some objects. His motivation has nothing to do with the hunt, but is about keeping a promise to his Grandmother.
  • SLEEPING PORCH
    Paul returns to his lakeside home four years after being sent away by his family because of the accidental drowning of his sister. He again claims his innocence to his mother and blames his lying, scheming younger sister, Page. When Page returns home, Paul turns the table on her and finally their mother hears the truth.
  • SNEAKING A PEEK
    Lorna feels invisible as she ages. Gail, the same age, has been out and about, and takes Lorna in hand to rejoin the world.
  • SPARE ROOM
    Susan has “adopted” a foreign student and invited her to live as her guest in her unit. Nicole comes to visit unexpectedly, and planning to stay in her grandmother’s condo while on vacation, and is alarmed to find she is not wanted there. Julia, Susan’s estranged daughter gets involved and turns the household upside down. Things are not what they seem, or are they?
  • SPECIAL DELIVERY
    Jennifer just found out she lost another chance at being pregnant. Younger sister Krissy gives a package to Jennifer and promises another parcel will be delivered in six months time.
  • SWAMP GIRL
    Mariel, a young woman with common sense, tries to get her friend Desiree to be more down to earth. The guy she wants to fix Desiree up with likes his women "natural". Desiree is a bit of a poser who wears too much makeup and too many labels. Mariel gets her friend to a campground for the surprising first date.


  • TAKING THINGS IN HAND
    May, an older woman, thinks her friend Dorothy is lonely and wants her to meet up with a nice man. Dorothy resists when May suggests dating, but May has already set up her profile on media websites. After one failed “meet” May is about to give up, but Dorothy wants to get involved and learn about using the internet for dating.
  • THE KID
    A lonely and homeless young man seeks refuge in a police station. There he learns what it is like
    to receive kindness and needed life lessons.
  • THE SEAT
    Abby meets a man on the ferry but doesn’t get to exchange numbers. As he dashes off the ferry to get to a meeting, he says he’ll see her the next day, same seat. She sits in the same seat for weeks until one day she finds the seat occupied. Nothing seems to move the man sitting in “her” seat, so she tries everything she can think of to make him move. In the end, he makes a move.
  • THERE'S NEW LIFE COMING
    Doris has recently lost her very sick husband after for caring for him for years. She goes to the library looking for self-help books. The librarian, Millie, thinks she wants books on grieving, but is surprised when Doris asks for books on another subject.
  • THEY CALLED IT TEASING
    Norman and Suzanne, who have been together and in love since high school, get their revenge on the people who bullied them all those years ago.
  • TRUE BLUE
    Five women, including two sisters, all undercover
    cops, meet regularly for drinks, games and relaxation. Late
    one night they get a call that the sisters’ husbands were
    involved in a one-car accident. Two women were with them and
    all were killed. Carol, the eldest sister seems able at
    first to cope, but then folds with the grief of her husband's
    death and seeming...
    Five women, including two sisters, all undercover
    cops, meet regularly for drinks, games and relaxation. Late
    one night they get a call that the sisters’ husbands were
    involved in a one-car accident. Two women were with them and
    all were killed. Carol, the eldest sister seems able at
    first to cope, but then folds with the grief of her husband's
    death and seeming unfaithfulness. She blames Linda, the
    younger sister, whose husband was suspected of being
    unfaithful. Linda seems unable to cope in the beginning, but
    then starts drinking and sleeping around, putting her career
    in jeopardy. The three other friends rally around them,
    helping them through their grief and loss with humor and
    love, and giving support to the women when they need it most.
  • UNEVEN SIDES OF A TRIANGLE
    Teenaged brothers Timen and Miah have been on the street for almost two years, having run away from their last (of six) foster families. They duck into an abandoned house where they meet Millie in her squat. With quarrels, fights and new found affection, they form an unlikely family in the months that follow.
  • VISITING DAD
    An adult woman creates a unique way to visit her father.
  • WHAT IF?
    A woman in her 60's recalls her illegal abortion. A man in
    his 30's recalls his life as an adoptive child. What if
    things had been different?