Originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC, Lysistrata is a comic account of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace—a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes.
Lysistrata is notable for being an early exposé of sexual relations in a male-dominated society and for its stance against the idea of perpetual war – themes that still resonate with today’s audience. Our production is based on the 2003 translation by Sarah Ruden, which keeps the spirit of classical theater but uses modern, relatable language that keeps the play as bawdy, naughty and outrageous as Aristophanes intended.
Lysistrata will be performed on March 24, 25, and 26 at Blockhouse Bloomington. Pre-sale tickets will be available on March 16.
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