Pandora's Fire by Judith White - Theatrefolk

Pandora's Fire

Recommended for High Schools and Middle Schools

Pandora's Fire

by Judith White

Pandora's curiosity gets the better of her in this theatrical retelling of the Greek myth.

 About 30 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks


 10
3 M | 4 W | 3 Any Gender, Plus chorus


Simple set


 24 pages

Drama Classical Adaptation Movement-based

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Everybody knows the story of Pandora. She was given a box that was not to be opened under any circumstances. But her curiosity got the better of her and she is to blame for releasing jealousy, grief, greed, and disease into the world. But is that the whole story?

Pandora's Fire is a wonderful mix of Ancient Greek choral storytelling with a modern twist.

10 Characters
3 M, 4 W, 3 Any Gender, Plus chorus

Characters in this play are currently identified as male or female. Directors are welcome to assign any gender (binary or non-binary) to any character and modify pronouns accordingly.

PYRRHA [W] 7 lines
Pandora’s daughter, married to Epimetheus, Prometheus’s son.
CHORUS LEADER (One Monologue) [A] 27 lines
Later revealed to be Hope.
CHORUS (Two Monologues) 15 lines
As many as you wish. They can also double some of the roles below.
ZEUS [A] 14 lines
God of the sky, ruler of the Olympian gods.
PROMETHEUS [M] 15 lines
Titan who was given the task of making men out of clay. Man’s greatest benefactor.
EPIMETHEUS [M] 32 lines
Prometheus’s foolish younger brother. (Think Prologue and Epilogue.)
APHRODITE [W] 6 lines
Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty.
HERMES [A] 18 lines
Zeus’ personal agent and messenger
HAEPHAESTOS [M] 3 lines
Greek God of blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, fire and volcanoes.
PANDORA (One Monologue) [W] 44 lines
A gift from the Gods, custom-made by the Gods to punish Prometheus.
DEMONS/TORMENTORS 3 lines
Figures who taunt Pandora.
GAIA [W] 3 lines
The original Earth Mother.

Prop List

Golden hula hoop, Bag, Spyglass, Half mask, Shawl, Wreath, Harmonica, “Toy”, Gift tag, Box, Noisemakers, Streamers, Shadow puppets, Wig, Skirt, Shoes

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