JAC Publishing & Promotions

Pandora's Bum Rap by Melanie MacQueen

ISBN #1-60513-066-4
JAC #2010-0007


  • PROMETHEUS: A titan who stole fire from the gods for humanity

  • ZEUS: The most powerful of the gods

  • HERA: Zeus’ bad tempered wife

  • VOILENCE: One of Zeus’ henchmen

  • FORCE: Another henchman

  • HEPHAESTUS: God of the forge, son of Hera

  • ATHENA: Goddess of wisdom, daughter of Zeus

  • PANDORA: The first human woman, created as a statue of gold then brought to life

  • HERMES: The messenger god

  • APHRODITE: The goddess of beauty

  • APOLLO: A handsome god, beloved by all


  • HOPE: She who makes all things bearable

  • GREEK CHORUS: Two or more people who comment on the action

Plot Summary

When Prometheus steals fire from the gods for lowly men; Zeus decides to make the good life of mortal men not so warm and cozy. He commissions Hephaestus to make a beautiful statue of gold and then brings it to life as the first human woman, Pandora. After the other gods give the lovely Pandora gifts of their own, Zeus gives her his own deadly gift to take down to earth with her. The other gods warn her not to open it, but Zeus has given her curiosity. Can she resist the temptation to open the box and, if she doesn’t, what will be unleashed upon the world?!


The Setting

First scene: Mount Olympus in ancient times
Second scene: Pandora’s home on earth a few days later.

About the Playwright

MELANIE MACQUEEN has been acting, directing, writing and teaching in the LA area for over twenty years. She was a founding member of THE THEATRE OF NOTE (New One Act Theatre Ensemble) which is still going strong in the Hollywood area.  As a member of that theatre she directed, produced and acted in multiple productions. Her performance in "The Miracle Worker" at the Commonwealth Theatre won her a Best Performance Dramalogue Award. She performed with the improvisation group, IMPROVETCETERA at various venues throughout Los Angeles. As a playwright, her award winning musical (with David Coleman) "IN THE NAME OF GOD: or honk if you love satire" played to sold out crowds in the NOHO arts district, won three Valley Theatre League Awards and went on to be produced Off Broadway by Painted Yellow Productions. In the spring of '08 her short play "Left Aside" was featured in the International Women's Day event in Scottsdale Arizona. Her comedic play, "Christmas Times" was recently produced in Beverly Hills, and her children's plays are now available through JAC Publishing. In her ongoing work with children, she is the Program Director of KIDS ACTING OUT! a free after school acting program for elementary and middle school kids. She has directed many plays, including "Two by Corwin", the famous Norman Corwin's radio plays, featuring Carl Reiner at Theatre 40. Melanie has done over 40 commercials in her acting career, as well as voice work and a lot of sit-coms and episodics - most recently appearing on "Greek" and "Parks and Recreation". She has recently been teaching dramatic writing and staged reading to senior citizens in the Burbank area and wishes to expand her workshops. Perhaps one of them will be right for your senior group! Visit Melanie MacQueen online or visit her Author Page on Amazon.com!

Online purchases are for single script purchases only and include $3 S&H.  For more than one script or a script package, please call us at (781) 272-2066

Pandora's Bum Rap

$4.50/individual copy

$TBD/package +
$30/performance royalty

Order by Mail
Order via
Have you read MacQueen's
The Monarch's New Raiment and An Old, Old Tale?
HOME Online Library Licensing Info Get Published Request Catalog

New England Entertainment Digest
New England Entertainment Digest
is owned by JAC Publishing & Promotions

Contact Us       Download Catalog
JAC Publishing & Promotions - P.O. Box 88, Burlington, MA  01803