COMEDY. A young woman fights for her inheritance.
Her " dying " uncle mocks her life and that of her actor husband. A
tirade occurs over Turtle Soup and ends in the spilling of soup and
the Uncle's guffaw joke that it is April first --All Fools Day--and he
is playing a joke.
CAST OF CHARACTERS: (1M,
A clever man, GENE SONIAT, 69. lies on his sickbed. Deaf, He stares
blankly ahead, and breathes through a partially opened mouth. When he
speaks, he shouts.
His pregnant niece, LUCILLE, 29, enters with a tray of soup and calls
out nervously over his rough breathing.
Noon , the present time, in New Orleans . A stark light glares into
the master bedroom of a mansion
COMEDY. Turtle Soup is a short play that builds tension between a 'dying' uncle (or aunt) and a young neice who is after the family inheritance. A tirade ocurs over Turtle Soup and ends in the spilling of soup and the breaking of the secret as the old invalid guffaws about a joke being played on that day, April first --All Fools Day. Note: the role of the old uncle may be cast with a femaile playing it as an aunt.
The bedroom setting in a old New Orleans mansion creates an evocative sense of place.