Alexandra of Judea

by  Lauri Donahue

Full Length Play, Drama  /  13m, 6f

"This epic is a considerable achievement. The author tells a fascinating and at times exciting, not to say complex story well... Altogether it is a story which convincingly shows us the power of ruling women in the middle eastern civilisations of the…

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Alexandra of Judea

by  Lauri Donahue

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    13m, 6f
  • SubGenre

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    Docudrama/Historic

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Civil war and foreign invasions... Courtesans, cannibalism, and mass crucifixions... And an unfortunate incident with a citrus fruit... Alexandra of Judea is an epic true story of the Hasmonean Dynasty - the house of Maccabee. A woman of faith and courage, Alexandra survives political intrigues and two murderous husbands to rule as the last queen of the independent kingdom of Judea, with the help of her ally - Cleopatra III of Egypt. The conflicts of their time echo down to the present-day crisis in the Middle East in this fast-moving, action-packed tale of an important - and little known - period of history.
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Reviews

"This epic is a considerable achievement. The author tells a fascinating and at times exciting, not to say complex story well... Altogether it is a story which convincingly shows us the power of ruling women in the middle eastern civilisations of the time; after viewing it we may well revise our opinions as to the impact of women on the history of antiquity...." - Dramaturg, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, England

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

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  • Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Setting: The palaces, fortresses, battlefields and caves of Judea. 104 B.C.E.
  • Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes

Casting

13m, 6f

CHORUS

JOSEPHUS - a historian, mid 30's/40's, a former general of Judea in service to Rome

SERAKH BAT ASHER - a historian, any age, a woman, ancient but ageless

THE HASMONEANS

JOHANAN HYRCANUS -  ethnarch, gereral, and high priet of Judea, about 60, imperious and impatient

MARIAMNE - wife to JOHANAN, mid 50's/early 60's, regal, dutiful, and stubborn

ARISTOBULUS - their eldest son, late 30's/early 40's, ambitious and paranoid

SALOME ALEXANDRA - wife to ARISTOBULUS (and later to ALEXANDER), mid 30's/early 40's, attractive, well-educated, eloquent

ANTIGONUS - the second son, early to mid 30's, a soldier

ALEXANDER JANNAI - the third son, early to mid 20's, handsome and elegant in the Greek manner

MATTATHIAS - the fourth son, early 20's, hot-headed and vengeful

ABSALOM - the fifth son, late teens to early 20's, pious and timid

OTHERS IN JUDEA

ELEAZAR - a priest and leader of the Sadducees, late 40's-50's, an aristocrat and follower of the Greek styles

SIMEON - teacher and leader of the Pharisees, brother to ALEXANDRA, mid 30's to early 40's

LUTETIUS - a mercenary of Gaul, in service to Judea, mid to late 30's, rugged and dependable

LAVINIA - a Roman courtesan, any age, seductive and cruel

RACHEL - a woman servant, any age, a professional gossip

BOY - mid to late teens, a camp servant, impudent

EGYPTIANS

CLEOPATRA III - Pharaoh of Egypt, 60's, strong and confident

ANANIAS - Cleopatra's general, late 30's or older

SECOND GENERAL - another general in service to CLEOPATRA, any age, haughty

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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Features Teens
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Speaking roles for as many as 13 men and 6 women; optional non-speaking roles include soldiers, singers, and dancers

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Lauri Donahue

Lauri Donahue

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