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Casting Oedipus

Casting Oedipus

The Greek Theatre of Sophocles and Euripides used three actors to perform all of the named character roles. (This does not include the Chorus or supernumerary, non-speaking roles.)  These three actors used masks and costume changes to transform themselves from one character to the next. While we often think of the onstage action of Greek plays, we don’t take into account how those three men played a variety of roles. For example, in Oedipus, there are 8 characters... The task in this exercise is to determine how to use three actors (let’s call them ACTOR A, ACTOR B and ACTOR C) in casting Oedipus. How do they double (triple? Quadruple?) up to play all the roles, and have time to change costume and masks.


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