The Odyssey

Written by:

Christine Foster

Cast Size:
9

Roles For:

  • Men: 6
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Adaptation
Adventure
Classical

Themes:

Greek Play
Mythology

Length:

70 min.

Year Written:

2001

Synopsis:

Having angered Poseidon with his victory over Troy, The Odyssey follows Odysseus, who faces ten years of the god’s rage, including tempests, whirlpools, enchanted islands, the Cyclops, the Sirens, and the seductive wiles of Circe and Calypso as he struggles to return home to Ithaca and his wife and son. Or… is the real bar to his homecoming his own ego, his endless tricks and his overbearing pride?

Characters:

THE HUMANS

ODYSSEUS, King of Ithaca

TELEMACHUS, his son

PENELOPE, his wife

EURYCLEA, Odysseusʼ old nurse

EUMAEUS, A faithful swineherd

ANTINOUS, LEODES and POLYBUS, suitors to Penelope

ANTINOUS JR., LEODES JR. and POLYBUS JR. their MURDEROUS SONS

ELPENOR, POLITES, EURYLOCHUS, PERIMEDES : Odysseusʼs crewmembers

THE IMMORTALS

ZEUS

ATHENA

POSEIDON

HELIOS

POLYPHEMES, a Cyclops

AEOLUS, Keeper of the Winds and his twin daughters TIKKI and TAKKI TERESIUS, the blind prophet

CIRCE

KALYPSO

Nymphs and Sirens

First Produced:

Cliffhanger Productions, 2001

Resources:

The Odyssey is available through Smith Scripts.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

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Notes:

All actors except Odysseus perform multiple roles. Listed cast numbers represent intended doubling. Play can otherwise be performed by a minimum of M6 and F3 with roles of up to 40.

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