The Odyssey

by  Thomas Hischak,

Full Length Play, Drama  /  11m, 10f

Homer's renowned epic poem comes to the stage in a vivid, easy-to-produce dramatization using a large and flexible cast.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 10f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Fables/Folktales
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The greatest adventure story of all time comes to the stage in a lively and theatrical fashion that will enthrall audiences of all ages. An old man enters the court of Ithaca where Queen Penelope and her son Telemachus have waited years for King Odysseus to return from the War with Troy. The old man says he sailed with the famous Greek hero and his tale comes to life before our eyes. But who is the old man and why has he come so far to tell this story? It turns out it is Odysseus himself, disguised by the goddess Athena so that he can be reunited with his family and be revenged on those who plan to steal his kingdom. Because of the play-within-a-play format used, period costumes and sets are not needed. The episodes are re-enacted with clever theatrics rather than spectacle and special effects. Here is an exciting theatre piece with many roles for an adventurous cast.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting:

    An open stage that becomes the banquet hall in the palace of Ithaca in ancient Greece.

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Stage Combat, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: 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

11m, 10f

ODYSSEUS - King of Ithaca
A STRANGER - Odysseus disguised as an old man
PENELOPE - Odysseus's wife
TELEMACHUS - their son, 21
ATHENA - goddess of Wisdom
CALYPSO - a seductive nymph
POLYPHEMUS - a wicked, giant Cyclops
CIRCE - a bewitching sorceress
NURSE - an old nurse in Ithaca
SCYLLA - a monster with six female heads
THE SIRENS - magical women spirits with enticing voices
6 SUITORS - six men fighting for Penelope's hand
ODYSSEUS'S MEN - Greek warriors on his ship
HANDMAIDENS - in the palace in Ithaca

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Cast Attributes

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

Casting Notes

Parts for as many as 20 men and 20 women. All of the roles can be doubled or tripled except Odysseus, the Stranger, Penelope, Athena, and Telemachus.

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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 thirty-three 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 J ...

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