By Robin Galenza
U of A’s Augustana Campus drama production, Lysistrata: The Sex Strike After Aristophanes, will have its first show on Thursday, November 12th.
The production this year is a comedy in which the women of Athens secretly meet with the women of Sparta, to develop a plan to stop the Peloponnesian War. The women take over and by using interesting and hilarious methods try to convince their men to commit to peace. The men spend the rest of the play desperately trying to regain the upper hand.
Director Professor Kevin Sutley picked out this particular play to coincide with this year’s theme of dissent. Sutley believes it is important to experience the theme of dissent from different perspectives, and this drama production is simply another chance to explore the theme in a less academic way.
“Comedy is often used as away of getting unpopular ideas across,” says Sutley. “The original play written by Aristophanes during the Peloponnesian War was a way for him to say the war should stop.”
The adaptation being presented this year is by Germaine Greer, whose own particular twist on the popular play, adds another dimension of dissent, Sutley adds. She explores the roles of the women in the play and confronts Aristophanes’ original beliefs about women.
The play has a very large ensemble cast that consists of 19 students and one former student. Devon Hunter plays the lead role of Lysistrata and is enjoying her experience with the production and the play itself. “There is a variety of really interesting and strong characters to watch. It has a powerful message.”
“There are shirtless men, scantily-clad women and dirty jokes. It’s good entertainment,” adds Kayla Borejko, the student who plays the role of Katina.
Though this year’s play is bound to spread great messages about dissent it also contains strong language and sexual content that is not appropriate for all. Please use your discretion when deciding with whom you want to attend the production.
Lysistrata will run from November 12 -15th and from the 18- 21st. Shows start every night at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available at the door. Ticket prices for general admission are $15.00 and for students $5.00.