Amazons and Their Men

by  Jordan Harrison

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 2f

"The life of Leni Riefenstahl...has been examined and critiqued aplenty, but rarely so entertainingly as in Amazons and Their Men, a brash play by Jordan Harrison." -The New York Times

" In a dramatic masterstroke, the playwright…

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Amazons and Their Men

by  Jordan Harrison

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration


    75 Minutes
  • Accolades


    Obie, From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

WINNER! 2008 Obie for Outstanding Performance
Jordan Harrison is a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient

The Frau used to direct beautiful films for a fascist government. Now she's trying to make a film that's simply beautiful. The Frau casts herself in the lead role of the Amazon queen Penthesilea, who falls in love with Achilles on the battlefield of the Trojan War. She recruits a man from the Jewish ghetto to play her Achilles. Her own sister, a long-suffering extra, plays all the nameless Amazons killed in the background. With chariot crashes and adoring close-ups, it all has the makings of a glamorous war. But when telegrams start to arrive from the Minister of Propaganda, it becomes impossible for the Frau to ignore the real war outside her sound stage. A darkly comedic look at the role of artists during wartime, Amazons and Their Men is inspired by the life and work of Leni Riefenstahl.

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"The life of Leni Riefenstahl... has been examined and critiqued aplenty, but rarely so entertainingly as in Amazons and Their Men, a brash play by Jordan Harrison." -The New York Times

"In a dramatic masterstroke, the playwright imagines Riefenstahl's film as it could have been..." - New York Press

"Filled with dazzling wordplay, archaic vocabulary, and odd malapropisms, the theatrical worlds of Jordan Harrison lift language off the page and into three-dimensional space, creating a universe that is surreal and sublime, brainy and beautiful—and wholly his own." - Brooklyn Rail


Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII, Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy


2m, 2f
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)




Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime. The play had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons and its Chicago premiere at Writers Theatre after premiering at the Mark Taper Forum/CTG in Los Angeles. His play Maple and Vine premiered in the 2011 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Lo ...

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Clubbed Thumb produced the world premiere of Amazons and Their Men Off-Broadway in January 2008. The production was directed by Ken Rus Schmoll.

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