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Odyssey, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Odyssey, The

Thomas Hischak, Homer

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Full Length Play, Drama

11m, 10f

ISBN: 9780874401486

Adapted from Homer
Homer's renowned epic poem comes to the stage in a vivid, easy-to-produce dramatization using a large and flexible cast.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Fantasy, Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Fables/Folktales

105 Minutes

Time Period - Greek; Roman & Biblical

Settings Of Play -

An open stage that becomes the banquet hall in the palace of Ithaca in ancient Greece.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Stage Combat, Special Effects

Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Outdoor, Large Stage, Youth/Camp Programs

The greatest adventure story of all time comes to the stage in a lively and theatrical fashion that will enthrall audiences of all ages. An old man enters the court of Ithaca where Queen Penelope and her son Telemachus have waited years for King Odysseus to return from the War with Troy. The old man says he sailed with the famous Greek hero and his tale comes to life before our eyes. But who is the old man and why has he come so far to tell this story? It turns out it is Odysseus himself, disguised by the goddess Athena so that he can be reunited with his family and be revenged on those who plan to steal his kingdom. Because of the play-within-a-play format used, period costumes and sets are not needed. The episodes are re-enacted with clever theatrics rather than spectacle and special effects. Here is an exciting theatre piece with many roles for an adventurous cast.

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CASTING

11m, 10f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras

CASTING NOTES

Parts for as many as 20 men and 20 women. All of the roles can be doubled or tripled except Odysseus, the Stranger, Penelope, Athena, and Telemachus.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

ODYSSEUS - King of Ithaca
A STRANGER - Odysseus disguised as an old man
PENELOPE - Odysseus's wife
TELEMACHUS - their son, 21
ATHENA - goddess of Wisdom
CALYPSO - a seductive nymph
POLYPHEMUS - a wicked, giant Cyclops
CIRCE - a bewitching sorceress
NURSE - an old nurse in Ithaca
SCYLLA - a monster with six female heads
THE SIRENS - magical women spirits with enticing voices
6 SUITORS - six men fighting for Penelope's hand
ODYSSEUS'S MEN - Greek warriors on his ship
HANDMAIDENS - in the palace in Ithaca

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author(s)

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the Performing Arts. He is the author of thirty-three published plays which are performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. His playwriting awards include the Stanley Drama Award (New York City) for Cold War Comedy and the Julie Harris Playwriting Award (Beverly Hills, California) for The Cardiff Giant ... view full profile

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