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Otis E. in Catalunya

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Am I being propelled through an MRI machine or are these the halls of Hades? Why am I strapped to this bed? Is it to prevent me from tearing out these tubes or am I being punished by Zeus for helping humankind? Do I have cirrhosis or is a bird of prey eating my liver? Are these tubes part of my life-support system or are they the snaky locks of Medusa? Is that a TV screen or the single eye of Cyclops? These are some of the questions confronting a remorseful classics professor battling liver disease, dementia and self-doubt as he makes his way home

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SKU: do013 Categories: , , , , ,
Product ID: 6937

Additional information

Author

Genre

Drama

Script Style

One Act Play

Duration (mins)

45

Male Cast

3

Female Cast

3

Total Cast

6

Synopsis

Am I being propelled through an MRI machine or are these the halls of Hades? Why am I strapped to this bed? Is it to prevent me from tearing out these tubes or am I being punished by Zeus for helping humankind? Do I have cirrhosis or is a bird of prey eating my liver? Are these tubes part of my life-support system or are they the snaky locks of Medusa? Is that a TV screen or the single eye of Cyclops? These are some of the questions confronting a remorseful classics professor battling liver disease, dementia and self-doubt as he makes his way home.

Cast

ISABEL: Daughter of OTIS E., an invalid classics professor, and his wife
PALOMA; in her twenties.

PALOMA: Wife of OTIS, mother of ISABEL and FELIPE; pretends to be a burn
victim so she can surreptitiously be near by, and care for her sick
husband.

FELIPE: Estranged son of OTIS E. who learns to forgive, even love, his
egotistical, neglectful dad; in his twenties.

OTIS E.: An alcoholic classics professor whose cirrhosis and dementia have
conspired to confuse him about his identity, which he confounds with
various figures from Greek mythology; a dysfunctional husband and
father, whose guilt informs and aggravates his delusions.

ORDERLY: An orderly at the Barcelona hospital where OTIS E. is a patient; a
stickler for administrative protocol, he adopts an adversarial
relationship, first with PALOMA, then with OTIS E. and his children.

NURSE: A nurse from humble circumstances whose big heart and
compassionate nature put her at odds with OTIS E.’s troublesome,
cantankerous behavior.

THREE GUARDS: Hospital security guards who subdue OTIS E. at the end of the play
and are conflated in OTIS’ mind with Penelope’s suitors, whom
Odysseus slays at the end of The Odyssey.

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