Oedipus the play – Adaptation of Classic Greek Mythology

Oedipus the play


In Oedipus the play, Oedipus infant son of the King of Thebes is abandoned by his parents when advised by the Oracle that he will kill his father and marry his mother. He eventually ends up as Prince of Corinth. Developing the feeling that he does not belong in Corinth he wanders about Greece and meets his (unbeknowest to him but beknownst to us) biological father whom he kills in a brawl. He then goes into Thebes and marries his mother who, miraculously, has not aged while he was growing up. Later a soothsayer tells Oedipus that he has killed his father and married his mother. Oedipus and his mother find this so appalling that she drinks poison and he plucks out his eyes.

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Author: Keith Passmore

Genre: Classic Greek Mythology

Type: One act play

Cast: Fourteen in total, although some parts can be shared and played by members of either sex

Ages of the actors: Any age, adult

Suitable for: Should appeal to high or secondary school students

Length: Fifteen to twenty minutes

Set: Various scenes – the palace, a crossroads, a shepherd’s hut

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – easy dialogue but may need to use some creativity for the scene changes.

Read a Sample of the Script

Cost is $5.50 for this new digital play script

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Copyright © August 2016 Keith Passmore and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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