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Oedipus For Kids!

  • Robert Saferstein Gil Varod
  • Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy, Present Day, Contemporary, Greek; Roman; Biblical
  • 2M, 1F
  • ISBN: 9780573663581

A spoof of children's theater, with some truly funny songs and endearingly loopy performances from a cast of just three.

Charles Isherwood The New York Times

  • Full Length Musical
  • Dark Comedy
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: Present Day, Contemporary, Greek; Roman; Biblical
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult, Senior
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set
  • Cautions: Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Outdoor, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student, Senior Theatre
Hey kids! Join your pal Oedipus - a little boy a lot like you - as he takes an exciting journey across ancient Greece to become king! You'll learn all about blind people, familial love, and communicable diseases! Sing along to favorite songs like "A Little Complex," "What’s It Like When Ya Get The Plague?" and "My Lover Is My Husband Is My Son"! ...Warning: May contain manslaughter, eye-gouging, and parental incest...

Unfolding in real-time, Oedipus for Kids! turns the audience into attendees of the latest performance of the Fuzzy Duck Theatre Company, a three-person troupe dedicated to performing the classics for children. Having had success with previous offerings such as Uncle Tommy's Cabin and Titus Andronicus Bakes A Cake, company founder Alistair has decided that the next logical step is tackling Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. But all is not as pleasant as it seems with the Fuzzy Ducks: Alistair is in the middle of a bitter divorce with troupe member Catalina, who suspects something is up when she learns that tonight's audience includes the executives from sponsor "Beanz! Coffee for Kids."

When Catalina learns that her ex-husband has bought her share in the Fuzzy Ducks only to sell it to Beanz! Coffee for ten times net value, Catalina decides to sabotage the production. What was once a misguided - albeit educational - theatrical experience swiftly spirals into a Charybdis-like whirlpool of suck, and Catalina's revenge leads to a darkly comic denouement.

PLEASE NOTE: This play is not for young audiences.


Brilliantly funny...has the raw potential to become a classic in its own right.


Wonderfully inappropriate. Funny beyond belief. Feel free to laugh till you can’t feel your cell phone vibrate.


A ribald sendup on classic literature. Debauchery reigns in this totally twisted telling of a Greek myth of yore. You’ll love this show.

Asheville Citizen-Times

Fresh! Fun! Hilarious! Equal parts Noises Offand Charles Busch.

Phoenix New Times

“A spoof of children’s theater, with some truly funny songs and endearingly loopy performances from a cast of just three.”- Charles Isherwood,The New York Times “?????... Hysterical! Theatergoers will be in stitches with this wacky musical.'- CurtainUp Phoenix “This twisted treat lives up to its outrageous title admirably. The book captures a Christopher Durang-like sensibility that is infectiously entertaining. Varod and Saferstein’s score is a total treat, too (which I’ve been humming more than a few times). Yes, you can do Oedipus for Kids!And it can be just as horrifyingly fun as it sounds.”- “Pee in your pants funny. Absolutely funny. I can say pee-in-your-pants on TV, can’t I? I was laughing so hard I was crying. Very, very funny.”- Matt Lehrman, Good Morning Arizona “Catchy and funny!”

Orlando Sentinel
  • Casting: 2M, 1F
  • Casting Attributes: Ensemble cast, Minority casting, Flexible casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Color blind casting
  • Casting Notes: EVAN plays Oedipus
    ALISTAIR plays Tedipus/Laius/Sphinxy/Teiresias
    CATALINA plays Mommy/Oracle/Jocasta
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

  • ALISTAIR - Male, Baritone/Bass. Artistic director of a children's theatre troupe. Like Raffi with a slightly sinister/deranged side.
  • CATALINA - Female, Mezzo. Performance artist with a dry sense of humor and a sharp tongue.
  • EVAN - Male, Tenor. A newly-arrived actor, the son of a billionaire CEO. Very innocent, not so intense in thinking. Younger than Alistair (and possibly Catalina).