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Lysistrata
LYSISTRATA STORMS THE ACROPOLIS!
 

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WAR VS. SEX

IN ANCIENT GREECE

 

Lysistrata

a Comedy by Aristophanes

in a world premiere translation by Peter Green

directed by John Given

March 26, 27 and 28, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

at the Great Rooms of Mendenhall Student Center

on the campus of East Carolina University.

Admission is FREE.  No tickets required.

Co-sponsored by the Program in Classical Studies and 

the Mendenhall / University Unions.

 


 

Lysistrata was written in 411 B.C. and first performed at a dramatic festival of Dionysus in Athens.  In 411, the Greeks had been fighting a civil war, the Peloponnesian War, for twenty years.  Aristophanes' play tells the story of how the women of Greece conspired to stop the war — by withholding sex from their husbands until they stopped fighting.  

Aristophanes is well-known for his obscene and coarse humor.  Lysistrata, his most famous play, lives up to his vulgar reputation.  And goes beyond it!  Audiences are strongly advised that this play is not suitable for children.

We regret that we can provide no reserved parking for off-campus guests.  We have, however, made arrangements with ECU Parking Services that the permit requirement will be suspended for (1) the "A" parking lot immediately south of Mendenhall Student Center and Joyner Library and (2) the three "B" parking lots between Ninth and Tenth Streets between campus and Evans Street.  Audience members may park in any of those lots without fear of ticketing beginning at 5:00 p.m.  The referenced parking lots are labeled WC-8, WC-23, WC-27 and WC-28 on the map at left.

 

The ECU Classics production features the following hard-working cast and crew:

Lysistrata: Danielle Bryan
Kalonike: Jennifer Latham
Myrrhine: Amber Moore
Lampito / Nikodike: Leigh Wagner
Commissioner: John Darrow
Cinesias: Darrell Purcell
Athenian Ambassador: Collin Jones
Spartan Ambassador: Tony Lewis
Spartan Herald: Michael Gambino
Reconciliation: M. B. Woodard
First Chorus: Kelly Hunnings (Leader),
                  Kirsis Concepcion,
                  Colleen Kilcoyne,
                  Mercedes-Lynn Powers
Second Chorus: Alexandria White (Leader),
                  Sara Davis,
                  Courtney Wells,
                  Brandy Whorley

Costume Designer:  Brian Maxwell
Choreographer:  Lisa Wilbourne
Stage Managers:  Samantha Canada, Tricia Wilson-Okamura

 

If you have any questions regarding the production, please contact the director by email (givenj@ecu.edu) or phone (252-328-6538).