Oedipus at Palm Springs

by  Maureen Angelos, Lisa Kron, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  5f

Winner! 2011 LAMBDA Literary Award for Best LGBT Play!

Oedipus at Palm Springs follows the dark adventure of two couples on a retreat to the desert resort town. 

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  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway, Lambda Award for Drama
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Irreverent theater group The Five Lesbian Brothers get their greasy prints on a classic. Oedipus at Palm Springs follows the dark adventure of two couples on a retreat to the desert resort town. While new parents Fran and Con try desperately to jump-start their sex life, May-December love bunnies Prin and Terri can't keep their hands off each other. What begins as a hilarious, boozey weekend takes a horrific turn after a secret is revealed. Two parts comedy with a shot of tragedy shaken over ice, Oedipus at Palm Springs is a brave examination of the messy guts of relationships.
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  • Winner! 2011 LAMBDA Literary Award for Best LGBT Play!



"Along the way to the inevitable dark twist is much lightness and enlightenment to revel in-- not just a lot of zingy one-liners about commitment, gay life in America, parenthood, and growing older, but also a real sense of these four women as women, friends, and lovers... It may be the saddest comedy you'll ever see." - The Boston Globe

"Richly funny as it is, Oedipus at Palm Springs is also a serious inquiry into the unforeseen extremities of despair that can attend the search for a pure and lasting love." - The New York Times

"Sensitive storytelling." - New York Magazine


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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Casitas Bonitas: A private, walled-in women’s desert resort, and other locations. 2005


PRIN – (short for PRINCESS, early 50s*) Terri’s lover, a handsome stone butch and a highly successful/wealthy entrepreneur with a pen-chant for the ladies and booze. Loves and is devoted to Terri.
TERRI – (mid-30s*) Prin’s lover. A younger, post-gay lesbian and a stu-dent. A devoted lover, dependent on Prin.
CON – (40s) A feminist lesbian. Fran’s life partner, co-parent of Basil, an industrious hospital administrator, sexually frustrated.
FRAN – (40s) Soft butch. Con’s life partner, bio-mom of Basil. Ex-business partner and long-time devoted friend of Prin. Sexually disinterested.
JONI – (60s) Blind manager of Casitas Bonitas, painter and soothsayer. One thirty-eighth Native American.
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Ensemble cast

Casting Notes

The age difference between Prin and Terri must be 15 years or more.




Maureen Angelos

Maureen Angelos

Lisa Kron

Lisa Kron is a writer and performer whose work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally. Her plays include Well, 2.5 Minute Ride, and The Ver**zon Play. She wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Fun Home (with music by composer Jeanine Tesori), winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including ...

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Dominique Dibbell

Dominique Dibbell

Peg Healey

Peg Healey

Oedipus at Palm Springs premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop in New York City in July 2005 under the direction of Leigh Silverman.

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