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Perlman, Sandra (American playwright, 1944-____), “Jocasta,”

a 45-minute drama, set in the royal bedroom of Jocasta, Queen of ancient Thebes,


© 1998, by Sandra Perlman, perl@sperlman.com, script/rights available from Franklin Mills Press, P. O., Box 906, Kent, Ohio 44240, telephone 330-673-8632, fax 330- 677-2488, http://www.sperlman.com.  •  Cited by Sandra Perlman via e-mail, April 3, 1998; Perlman says,

  § Dramatis Personae Jocasta (f), Queen of Thebes; Iris (f), Jocasta’s servant.

  § Synopsis “Jocasta’s devoted servant, Iris, witnesses the catharsis when Oedipus is found but Jocasta is lost.  How does one woman cope with the silence that has brought her son to her marriage bed as husband, the father of their children, and the murderer of  King Laius, his father and her husband?

  § Comment “Minimal staging reinforces this retelling of the most admired ancient Greek tragedy. ‘Jocasta’ illuminates the fatal conclusion of the tragedy of Oedipus through the eyes of his mother and Iris, her devoted servant. Reality unravels the mystery of the son who has shared her marriage bed. The joy of finding the son she had thought dead yeilds to the reality of having shared a marriage bed with her son, the murderer of his father, King Laius, and the sire of children with his mother/wife Jocasta.”  •  Research could include the full text of Oedipus Trilogy, online at Project Gutenberg Index, http://www.promo.net/pg, accessed April 3, 1988.  •  Also, research could include Sophocles (ca. 495-406 B.C.), http://www.mala.bc.ca/~mcneil/tsoph.htm, accessed April 3, 1998.  •  “Sandra Perlman has had sixteen of her plays produced with premieres in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Cleveland. She received two Ohio Arts Council fellowships, including one for ‘In Search of the Red River Dog,’ which was also a finalist at the O’Neill in 1993. Her ten minute play ‘Covers’ was a 1992 finalist at the Actors Theatre of Louisville Shorts Festival; it premiered at The Cleveland Play House in 1994. Perlman has produced, written and hosted for Public Broadcasting Service Channels 45 and 49 and has served as Director of Public Relations for National Public Radio station WKSU. She co-founded the Playwrights Workshops of the Ohio Theater Alliance. In 1988 she directed operations for the First International Women Playwrights Conference in Buffalo, New York [U.S.A.]. A graduate of American University, she has given workshops on playwriting and taught at Cleveland State University. In 1995 she was a founding member of the The Cleveland Play House Playwrights’ Unit. A Philadelphia native, Perlman has lived in Kent, Ohio, since 1969 with her artist husband Henry Halem. They have one daughter, Jessica, who is a comedian in Chicago.”—Sandra Perlman, e-mail, March 30, 1998.  •  This script has been reworked into a full-length that is available for production.
  § Themes ancient Greece, family, father-son relationship, Greece, Greek drama, incest, legend, marriage, master-servant relationship, mother-son relationship, murder, Oedipus, patricide, royalty, service, Sophocles (Greek dramatist, ca. 495-406 B.C.), Thebes.
See also Sandra Perlman's
  • "And the Evening and the Morning Were the First Day," a 10-minute comedy in English, 1m1f
  • "Before the War," a 10-minute dance-drama in English, 4f
  • "Covers," a 10-minute drama in English, 2f
  • "Something With Fish," a drama in English, 1f
  • "Uniform Love," a farce-drama in English, 2m1f
  • "The Woman in the White Jogging Suit," a 50-minute drama in English, 2f

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