Marj O'Neill-Butler

Marj O'Neill-Butler

Marj O’Neill-Butler, a resident of Miami Beach, Florida, is the Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild – Florida Region. She is also a member of the New Play Exchange, Honor Roll and the International Center for Women Playwrights. Her work has been seen in 31 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Great Britain, Scotland, Hong Kong and Seoul, S. Korea. She has had 53 different plays produced in multiple...
Marj O’Neill-Butler, a resident of Miami Beach, Florida, is the Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild – Florida Region. She is also a member of the New Play Exchange, Honor Roll and the International Center for Women Playwrights. Her work has been seen in 31 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Great Britain, Scotland, Hong Kong and Seoul, S. Korea. She has had 53 different plays produced in multiple theatres, numerous readings and of course, many rejections. Published work includes: Finding Help, The Best Ten-Minute Play of 2021, Smith & Kraus, Cleaning House (scene) in Later Chapters, Applause Books 2017, Developing in Smith & Kraus Best Five-Minute plays 2016, Independence Day- 3 short plays by Blue Moon Plays, VA 2015 and Missed Connections , The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2012, Smith & Kraus. Her essays have be published in Miami Off the Page, the Women’s Writers Group of South Beach 2019, One of the Lucky Ones, URGENT MATURITY, Turning Into My Mother Mother/Daughter Monologues, Volume 4, ICWP. She is the proud mother of two sons and grandmother to five adorable kids. (They’re mine…I have the right to say that.)

Plays

  • 0% Chance of Visibility, a short musical comedy, 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.

    https://www.facebook.com/ConeManRunningProductions/photos/a.387494974680458/3355778694518723/
  • A DINNER BELL RINGS
    What does it mean to receive a set of china for your wedding? How does it, and the family last through the years? A quick eleven scenes will tell you.
  • A FACE ON THE PIG
    Rosalie has been duped by her boyfriend and is out a lot of money, Sophie, Rosalie's friend, steps in and with difficulty, rallies her.
  • A ROOM WITH A BIT OF MAGIC - a monologue
    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.

    Theatre Lab, Boca Raton, FL 2020
    Talking Horse Productions, Columbia, Missouri 2020
    Madison College Performing Arts Madison, WI 2020
    Some 1 Speaking, Hear Me Out Monologues, NYC, NY 2020
  • BABY FEVER
    After being apart for a while, two sisters discuss the joys and pains of having children. Mostly the pains!


    Aurora Theatre, Hong Kong, November 7, 2020-January 7, 2021
    THE MITRE PLAYERS in Croydon, South London, November 22 and 24, 2020.
  • BREAKING THE LEASE - A five minute play
    Leo has a message for Isobel, but she has an even better one for him.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • DISPARATE ROADS
    As the end of summer approaches, a young woman comes to the realization that she and her
    boyfriend have different goals and plans for the future.
  • 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.

    Recorded by https://gatherbytheghostlight.podbean.com/ April 2021
    Theatre Odyssey's Short Play Festival, Sarasota, FL runner-up Best Play 2020
    Barrington Stage, Pittsfield, MA 2021
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    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.

    Recorded by https://gatherbytheghostlight.podbean.com/ April 2021
    Theatre Odyssey's Short Play Festival, Sarasota, FL runner-up Best Play 2020
    Barrington Stage, Pittsfield, MA 2021
    Lakeshore Players Theater, White Bear Lake, MN 2021
    Actors Theatre of Newburyport, MA 2021
    Tarpon Springs Short Play Festival, Tarpon Springs, FL 2021
    Spark Creative Works, NY 2021
    4th Street Theater Ten-Minute Play Festival, Chesterton, IN 2021
    Acting Naturally Theatre, Langhorne, PA 2021
    The Bridge PHL Theatre, Philadelphia, PA 2020
    Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop, Monticello, NY. 2021
    Old Academy Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA. 2020
    Stillwater Short Play Festival, Stillwater, OK 2020
    Dragonfly Arts, Metuchen, NJ 2020
    The Best 10-Minute Plays, 2021 Anthology, Smith & Kraus Publishers
    The Best Women's Monologues from New Plays, 2020 / edited by Lawrence Harbison
  • 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.
  • I CHOOSE YOU
    Lauren and Nick are caught up in their day to day activities, work and schooling. Nick wants a little alone time with her, but she is overwhelmed with her life as a wife, mother and student. He plans an important date and helps her to remember their past.

    Reading: Thinking Cap Theatre, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 2020
  • INGROWN FEAR
    A grown man still fears the results of his father's "business".
  • 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.
  • 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.

    New Theatre, Miami Florida 2018
    Femuscripts, Miami Florida 2021
  • 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.
  • MAY DIVORCE BE WITH YOU
    Edward and Sonny are on their honeymoon when Edward discovers his ex Arthur on the adjacent balcony. Sparks fly and so do they.
  • 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, a monologue
    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.

    The Drawing Board, NYC. 2021
  • NEXT STOP, BROADWAY!
    Danielle has dreams of a big career in the theatre. Realism is not in her lexicon. When confronted by the stage manager and the leading lady, she takes matters into her own hands…so to speak.

    Academy of Arts University San Francisco, CA. 2021
  • 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?

    Published 2021 by Next Stage Press

  • 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.
  • PUT THINGS DOWN
    Dad is grieving the loss of his wife. The three adult siblings grapple over how to help Dad, and
    what each wants to take from the house. After conferring with his wife at the cemetery, Dad
    surprises his kids with some future life changes.
  • ROMANTIC SETTING
    Josh and Sarah hike to the top of the mountain near their collage for some alone time. Grover, an amateur photographer hired by Josh to photograph them for a special occasion, manages to screw up almost everything including getting a bad case of vertigo.
  • 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.

    Seaside...
    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.

    Seaside Players, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL production spring 2021
    Clocktower Players, Irvington, NY produced in 2020/2021 season
    Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop, Monticello, NY 2021
    The Storefront Theatre, Waxhaw, North Carolina 2021
    Midwest Dramatists Center, Olathe, KS 2020
  • SCARS - a monologue
    A good marriage breaks up for all the wrong reasons.
  • 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.
  • SHE WANTED ME, a monologue
    A teenaged girl with no family, desperately seeks to be wanted and looked after.

    The Eighth Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival, Columbus, OH 2020
    Negro Ensemble Theatre, NYC, NY 2020


  • SING IT OUT LOUD
    It's possible to make a new friend even under the worst circumstances.
  • 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.
  • SMILING EYES, a monologue
    After his wife leaves him, Bob decides to dip his toes into the internet dating scene with surprising results.

    New Deal Creative Arts Center, March 2021
  • 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.
  • SOMETHING REMEMBERED - a monologue
    A young woman, who was brought up by a foster mother, returns home on leave from her first year in the Army. The mother has changed and doesn't speak or remember her. The young woman must help her mother before she returns to duty. Something is remembered though.

    Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, TN podcast 2021
  • SORTING PILLS AND OTHER EXCITING LIFE ADVENTURES - A five minute play
    Molly and Eddie have grown old together, but one of them has added dementia into the mix
  • 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?
  • 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.

    Performance Eden Prairie Players, MN. 2018
  • 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 LETTER
    Bella is tested for a gene that might mean she's in for the fight of her life. Jon, her husband, wants to know the truth, so they can move on and get her treatment if necessary. The letter has been unread while Jon is away on business. He tries to allay her fears by opening the letter and facing the truth.
  • 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.

    First Place winner Kauai Shorts 2019 Ten Minute-Play Festival
    2020 Finalist for National Award for Short Playwriting, City Theatre...
    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.

    First Place winner Kauai Shorts 2019 Ten Minute-Play Festival
    2020 Finalist for National Award for Short Playwriting, City Theatre Miami 2020
    Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN 2021
  • THE WHAT IF OF WAR
    In the years since the Vietnam war, the Moran family has lived without incident in their household. A late morning knock on the door brings new and startling information, and the return of some well-loved dog tags.

    Know Theatre, Binghamton, NY November 2020
  • 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.
  • THIS YEAR, LAST YEAR
    Families...you can't live with them and you hate to live without them. One incident can tear a family apart. What do you do to mend the situation as the year passes? Four people, four differences of opinion. Will the problem be solved?
  • TINY, SECRET NOTES
    Is there solace in holding onto grief? After her father's death, Diane visits her mother to comfort her by taking over her father's loving ritual.

    Jersey City Theatre Company's New Play Festival, Jersey City, NJ 2021
    Shortlisted for the Billy Roche International Short Play Award, Wexford, Ireland
  • 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.

    The play was workshopped at the Greenhouse at FIU in Miami 2020
    The play was read...
    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.

    The play was workshopped at the Greenhouse at FIU in Miami 2020
    The play was read online through the Playwright Development Program, Miami
  • UNWRAP YOUR PAIN
    A young woman drops some coins into a homeless woman's cup, and changes the life of one of them.

    ESP Theatre, Frederick, MD-reading June, 2021
    Dragon Eggs Short Play Incubator at Dragon Productions Theatre Company December 2021
  • VALENTINE CARDS
    Emily is overwhelmed with motherhood and all that comes with it.
    Steven is concerned because the children are unhappy. He manages
    to remind Emily of the joys of being a parent.
  • VISITING DAD, a monologue
    An adult woman creates a unique way to visit her father.


    Talking Horse Theatre, Columbia, MO. 2021
    Quake Theatre, Bath Spa University's Sparkfest, England 2021
    Sapphic Voices, London, England 2020
    Quarantine Collective e-gallery, England, June 2020
    Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, Coral Gables, FL. 2020
  • WALKING HOME - a monologue
    A woman remembers a vulgar incident from her childhood.

    The Playground Experiment Faces of America Monologue Festival #2, NYC, NY
  • WEDDING BELL BLUES
    A mother's nose gets out of joint when discussing wedding plans with her daughter. She feels left out, and is out of sorts until she opens her birthday present.

    Zoom performance by Theatre Three, Port Jefferson, NY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uAaWd28Vr0
  • 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?
  • YULETIDE TRADITIONS
    A young couple celebrating their first Christmas find their yuletide traditions are at odds.

    The Variations Project Baltimore, Maryland July 2021
    Thinking Cap Theatre, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. December 2020