The Drunken Sisters

by  Thornton Wilder

Short Play, Comedy  /  1m, 3f

The Drunken Sisters is Wilder's satyr play that followed The Alcestiad, his adaptation of the ancient Greek "Alcestis" story. Apollo ventures into the land of the three sisters of Fate who control the threads of each man's life, and here in disguise he tricks the sisters into releasing theā€¦

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The Drunken Sisters

by  Thornton Wilder

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fables/Folktales
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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The Drunken Sisters is Wilder's satyr play that followed The Alcestiad, his adaptation of the ancient Greek "Alcestis" story. Apollo ventures into the land of the three sisters of Fate who control the threads of each man's life, and here in disguise he tricks the sisters into releasing their death hold on King Admetus. His trick: 3 flagons of wine which he declares to be Aphrodite's beauty drink but which make the sisters drunk. He then foils them with a riddle, releasing the king from their snares-- but only on the understanding that another is to die in his stead.
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Keywords

Death

Considerations

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
    $125 with other plays in collection

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Duration: 30 minutes

Casting

1m, 3f
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Cast Attributes

  • Not Applicable

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Authors

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Yale and Princeton, was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience.

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