Cocoanut Soup At The Palace or, If the Marx Brothers Had Performed 'Oedipus The King'

by  Thomas Hischak

Short Play, Comedy  /  4m, 6f

Sophocles meets the Marx Brothers! The famous tragedy Oedipus the King is given a rough going over by the zany brothers and the result is a parody that delights audiences, even those unfamiliar with the Greek play or Hollywood's Marx Brothers.

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Cocoanut Soup At The Palace or, If the Marx Brothers Had Performed 'Oedipus The King'

by  Thomas Hischak

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Cocoanut Soup At The Palace or, If the Marx Brothers Had Performed 'Oedipus The King'

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Adaptations (Literature), Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Sophocles meets the Marx Brothers! The famous tragedy Oedipus the King is given a rough going over by the zany brothers and the result is a parody that delights audiences, even those unfamiliar with the Greek play or Hollywood's Marx Brothers.

Published in Twice the Usual Number of Suspects.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Youth/Camp Programs

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance
    $90 with other plays in collection

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting:

    The comedy can be performed on a bare stage, on a Greek theatre setting, or a contemporary outdoor set.

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 6f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Parts for up to 8 men and 10 women. Flexible chorus of men or women or both.

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Authors

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the Performing Arts. He is the author of over forty 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 Jul ...

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