Oedipus Rex Adjustment Original Scene: Laius meets the oracle and learns that his own boy will kill him and wed his mom. Laius orders Jocasta to eliminate the baby. Jocasta is reluctant and gives the infant to a servant so he could kill the infant.
The servant leaves the baby to die in the sun. * A shepherd conserves the child and names him Oedipus. * optional to adapt Characters 1. King Laius/ Lionel von Hudson– Jared Lionel von Hudson is a wealthy and effective businessman. He originates from a line of elites and his household holds remarkable economic power in New york city. Queen Jocasta/ Cassandra von Hudson– Ravina Cassandar von Hudson is the partner of Lionel von Hudson. She likewise originates from a long line of elites from the Hamptons. She is unwilling to kil her very first born child. Sometimes, she’s also conceited and happy. 3. Oracle/ Gypsy woman– Ratna A gypsy fortune teller who receives a vision and prophecy on the fate of the von Hudsons. Brings her fortune informing crystal with her. 4. Servant/ Sherry the Attendant– Farah Sherry is the von Hudson’s attendant who function as both motorist and personal bodyguard.
A religious individual but also fears her companies. She thinks in fate. 5. * Corinthian Shepherd/ Plumber– Jared A plumbing technician who looks after the sewage system pipelines. A person with a good heart. Setting: Contemporary Upper East Side Manhattan, New York City Scene 1 Setting: Outdoors Lionel’s office building Props: 2 chairs (cars and truck) and a “crystal” ball Lionel ask his motorist to pull over at the office for a meeting. Lionel: Now, Sherry, the meeting will be till 2. I will be back at about 2:30. Sherry: Yes Mr. Lionel. I will be here. Have a great meeting Mr. Lionel, Mdm. Cassandra.
Lionel and Cassandra leave the car and walk towards the workplace entryway when they were stopped by a gypsy woman with a crystal ball. Gypsy Woman: The couple there. Mr and Mrs von Hudson. [strolls over to Lionel and Cassandra] Cassandra: Oh Lord woman. How do you understand our names. But then again, we’re all over the news anyways. Gypsy Woman: I come with news, news you need to hear, regarding your child and your fate. For I see your future. You are doomed Mr. von Hudson, destined death by the hands of your boy. And you, Mrs. on Hudson, incest be upon you for when death befalls Mr. von Hudson, you will marry your kid. Lionel: What rubbish. You silly gypsy. Shut your mouth and stop this rubbish. I’m late for my conference and you’ve simply destroyed my mood. Cassandra: I shall not believe in this nonsense either. Let’s go Lionel. Let’s leave this silly girl. Lionel and Cassandra leaves. Gypsy Lady: [shouts] FOLLOW MY WORDS VON HUDSON. FOR TRAGEDY WILL BEFALL YOU TONIGHT AND WE’LL SEE WHO THE ABSURD ONE IS.
Cassandra looks over her shoulder at the gypsy girl, a tint of concern on her face. Scene 2 Setting: Elevator to the von Hudson’s penthouse. Props: none Lionel: What foolishness. That gypsy sure knows how to get on my nerves. I’m still upset simply considering her. Cassandra: Lionel dear, let’s not stress over her and open ourselves a bottle of champagne tonight. A fool will be a fool. DING! Elevator door opens. Lionel and Cassandra takes a look at their penthouse in horror and shock. Lionel: What on the planet could have done this?! Look at our house.
It’s trashed. Cassandra: Oh no. What if the Gypsy Lady was right? Lionel: SHERRY ?! Sherry comes running in. Sherry: Yes, Mr. Lionel … … [browses in scary] I’ll get the upkeep to clear this up. Sherry goes out. Cassandra: Oh Lionel, what are we to do. She was right. Lionel: We need to conserve ourselves Cassandra. I will leave for an organisation trip tomorrow. When I’m back, I want the boy gone. Eliminate him before he kills us and land you in sin. Cassandra: However … but he’s our flesh and blood. Lionel: It will be as I say. Scene 3
Setting: Penthouse (tidy again) Props: “infant” Cassandra: [on the phone] Sherry, might you turn up here please. DING! Sherry: Yes, Mdm. Cassandra? Cassandra hands Sherry the infant. Cassandra: You have to do it Sherry. I can’t. Sherry: Do what madam? Cassandra: Kill him. Prior to he matures and kill Lionel. Sherry: I. … I can’t … Cassandra: You must. Cassandra covers her face and sobs. Scene 4 Setting: Sewers Props: “infant” Sherry: I’m sorry young master. What ordeal has actually encountered such a small soul. Oh God. Why ?! I might not bring myself to do it.
If it’s your fate to live, young master, then, may God send someone to conserve you. However if it’s your fate to die, let the crocodiles pertain to you first. Sherry leaves the infant on the ground and leaves. * optional Plumbing technician strolls in. Plumbing technician: Now, where is that damaged pipeline? [hears baby’s cry, browses and spots the baby] Oh dear god. Why? To an infant soul? [choices up child] You bad thing. However I’m too bad. I do hope that Mr. and Mrs. Goldstein would take him? They have actually been trying to have a child for ages. [takes a look at the baby, smiles] Hello there, Alfie.