Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy / 2m, 1f
"A spoof of children's theater, with some truly funny songs and endearingly loopy performances from a cast of just three." - Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
Unfolding in real-time, Oedipus for Kids! turns the audience into attendees of the latest performance of the Fuzzy Duck Theatre Company, a three-person troupe dedicated to performing the classics for children. Having had success with previous offerings such as Uncle Tommy's Cabin and Titus Andronicus Bakes A Cake, company founder Alistair has decided that the next logical step is tackling Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. But all is not as pleasant as it seems with the Fuzzy Ducks: Alistair is in the middle of a bitter divorce with troupe member Catalina, who suspects something is up when she learns that tonight's audience includes the executives from sponsor "Beanz! Coffee for Kids."
When Catalina learns that her ex-husband has bought her share in the Fuzzy Ducks only to sell it to Beanz! Coffee for ten times net value, Catalina decides to sabotage the production. What was once a misguided - albeit educational - theatrical experience swiftly spirals into a Charybdis-like whirlpool of suck, and Catalina's revenge leads to a darkly comic denouement.
Please note: this play is not for young audiences.
“A spoof of children’s theater, with some truly funny songs and endearingly loopy performances from a cast of just three.”
- Charles Isherwood,The New York Times
“?????... Hysterical! Theatergoers will be in stitches with this wacky musical."
- CurtainUp Phoenix
“This twisted treat lives up to its outrageous title admirably. The book captures a Christopher Durang-like sensibility that is infectiously entertaining. Varod and Saferstein’s score is a total treat, too (which I’ve been humming more than a few times). Yes, you can do Oedipus for Kids!And it can be just as horrifyingly fun as it sounds.”
“Pee in your pants funny. Absolutely funny. I can say pee-in-your-pants on TV, can’t I? I was laughing so hard I was crying. Very, very funny.”- Matt Lehrman, Good Morning Arizona
“Catchy and funny!”" - Orlando Sentinel
“A ribald sendup on classic literature. Debauchery reigns in this totally twisted telling of a Greek myth of yore. You’ll love this show.” - Asheville Citizen-Times
“Fresh! Fun! Hilarious! Equal parts Noises Offand Charles Busch.” - Phoenix New Times
“Wonderfully inappropriate. Funny beyond belief. Feel free to laugh till you can’t feel your cell phone vibrate.” - Ink19
“Brilliantly funny...has the raw potential to become a classic in its own right.” - HyReviews
“The score is Sesame Streetwith an edge. Great melodies, smart and humorous lyrics.”- National Alliance for Musical Theatre
“An engaging and melodic score by a talented new composer-lyricist team.” - Jeffrey Richards, Producer of August: Osage County, Spring Awakening, and Hair
“Funny, well-crafted, and with a charming score.” - Sue Frost, Producer of Memphis
KeywordsAdolescence, Aging, Betrayal, Childhood, Death, Feminism, Friendship, Illness/Health, Love, Marriage, Parenting/Family
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, Greek; Roman & Biblical
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy, Puppetry, Stage Combat
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock, Jazz
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
CATALINA - Female, Mezzo. Performance artist with a dry sense of humor and a sharp tongue.
EVAN - Male, Tenor. A newly-arrived actor, the son of a billionaire CEO. Very innocent, not so intense in thinking. Younger than Alistair (and possibly Catalina).
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
- Flexible casting
- Multicultural casting
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
EVAN plays Oedipus
ALISTAIR plays Tedipus/Laius/Sphinxy/Teiresias
CATALINA plays Mommy/Oracle/Jocasta
Music Material Rental Packages
3 Piano/Vocal Scores
Piano Conductor Score
Keyboard II Score