Hera discovers that her husband, Zeus, has cheated on her again, this time with a mortal girl named Semele. With the help of her Chorus, and her servant, Argus, Hera seeks information from the Oracle at Delphi about a mysterious prophecy involving Semele, her unborn son, and Hera’s potential downfall. Hera is ready to go to extreme lengths to stop the prophecy from coming true – but the Chorus’s “help” may not be what it seems.
HERA is a play inspired by Greek mythology and the structures and styles of ancient Greek drama, but is set in the modern day.
HERA – powerful, wounded, alluring, dangerous. Her dominant mode is calculation and strategy.
ZEUS – a bit older than Hera, dead sexy, rude. What he wants, he gets. For all his careless debauchery – a deep jealous streak when it comes to HERA.
CHORUS – a group of three to five women, of any age. They know too much – more than they let on. Annoying, hilarious, occasionally insightful and poetic.
ARGUS – monstrous physical appearance informs his character. His personality is masked by a readiness to help HERA in anything, such that at times he seems too pliant or willing, but there’s steel underneath.
THE SECRETARY – may be voiced by a member of the CHORUS.
THE ORACLE – ominous, loud. Never seen onstage, only heard. May be voiced by anyone.
SEMELE – a teenage girl. Wiser than expected, not as wise as she thinks she is. Eager to please, but not totally naïve nor a doormat.
The Chorus may be expanded beyond five members, but it would likely be difficult to allot lines to a much larger group. Similarly, a group smaller than three might have difficulty with some of the more physical elements of the Chorus’ role.
Main characters: 4 (Hera, Zeus, Argus, Semele)
Chorus: 5 (but could work with 3)
Any of the characters can be played by performers of any race, sexual orientation, and/or ability. Hera and Semele are female characters and Argus and Zeus are male characters.
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