Jocasta combines both comedy and tragedy in the story of three womenmother, daughter and servantbound together by blood and loyalty. In this new twist on the Oedipus complex, we take a look at the myth from Jocasta's complex point of view as a wife, devoted mother and conflicted daughter. On the night before Jocasta is to marry Oedipus, her mother, Ismene, arrives with a beautiful wedding gown. Ismene, a bawdy, hard-drinking tiger mom who loves being the mother of the queen, comes on a mission to convince Jocasta that being queen again will finally bring her happiness. And so begins a familiar mother-daughter dance. They drink wine and confess their sins in a night they will always rememberand we will never forget. Jocasta is hopeful, radiant and ready for the marriage bed one more time. Ten years later, children have been born, and Ismene is dead. Jocasta is consumed with the bitter reality that the Oracle's predictions have been fulfilled. She will do anything to spare all of her children the shame she thinks is coming. Iris lives to make her queen happy. Saved from death, this young woman would lie, cheat or die for Jocasta. Now her maidservant must be her only witness and comfort. These are strong and complex women who struggle against their fateand sometimes one another. But their love and devotion is the link that binds them together in life and death.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code J71000
- Cast Size 3
- Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 90 min
- Target Audience College and Adult
- Performing Group College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Comedy | Drama | Tragedy
- ISBN(13) 9781619590281
Media Reviews"Jocasta … has stepped out of the mythological shadows and taken center stage." -American Theatre magazine
"Engages both the heart and the mind. … There are times when laughter and sadness are in close juxtaposition." -The Monterey Herald