Caeneus and Poseidon

Finalist, New Play Contest, Pride Films and Plays, 2013

[Full-length] A verse play inspired by the Greek myth of Caeneus, a young man who was assigned female at birth. After the sea-god Poseidon grants his wish for a traditionally masculine body, Caeneus feels compelled to hide his former identity from all but his closest friend, Hippodamia, as he seeks the acceptance of his kinsmen and community...
Finalist, New Play Contest, Pride Films and Plays, 2013

[Full-length] A verse play inspired by the Greek myth of Caeneus, a young man who was assigned female at birth. After the sea-god Poseidon grants his wish for a traditionally masculine body, Caeneus feels compelled to hide his former identity from all but his closest friend, Hippodamia, as he seeks the acceptance of his kinsmen and community. But as he and Hippodamia begin a relationship that challenges their society’s strict social order, and as a vengeful Poseidon works behind the scenes to bring about Caeneus’ downfall, the young man must find the strength to openly embrace his identity and his past.
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Caeneus and Poseidon

Character Information

  • Caenis/Caeneus
    20s,
    Any
    ,
    Male (assigned female at birth)
    A young Lapith man, assigned female at birth.
  • Poseidon
    40s-50s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    God of the sea. Appears as a bearded, powerful man. Accustomed to getting his way.
  • Hippodamia
    20s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    A young Lapith woman; Caeneus' friend and later his lover.
  • Pirithous
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    King of the Lapiths; engaged to Caeneus and later to Hippodamia.
  • Elatus
    50s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    A Lapith chieftain; father of Caeneus.
  • Latreus
    30s-50s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    A Centaur chieftain, rival of the Lapiths.
  • Nereid Chorus
    20s-30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    At least two young women; handmaids to Poseidon.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    City Lights Theater Company
    ,
    2014
  • Reading
    ,
    Playwrights' Center of San Francisco
    ,
    2013
  • Commission
    ,
    San Francisco Olympians Festival
    ,
    2012
  • Reading
    ,
    San Francisco Olympians Festival
    ,
    2012

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Dragon Productions Theatre Company (coproduction)
    ,
    2017

Awards

Winner
,
Production Grant
,
Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation
,
2017
Finalist
,
New Play Contest
,
Pride Films and Plays
,
2013