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Lysistrata is Spring Theatrical Production at Loyola

Loyola press release - March 1, 2004

(New Orleans)—A rollicking comedy that has endured throughout the ages will be the second spring production of the Loyola Department of Drama and Speech. Lysistrata by Aristophanes will play in Marquette Theater on March 19-28. It is being adapted by Wilfred Major and directed by Donald Brady.

This tale was one of the mainstays of early Greek theatre, with a universal theme that resonates even today. In ancient Athens, the women of all countries, led by Lysistrata, scheme to bring peace and negotiate a treaty. Their proposition is simple but effective: until men stop making war, women everywhere will refuse to make love to their husbands. The results are complex, farcical and, to some degree, unpredictable.

Although it remains faithful to the source, this particular version has been adapted to entertain a modern audience. With costumes from different periods, lively eclectic dances, and music ranging from World War I standards to rock and rap, Loyola’s Lysistrata has something for everyone.

“There’s a reason Lysistrata is still produced today,” said Dr. Brady. “In addition to its political and social overtones, this play is wildly funny. It should be noted that the language is intended for mature audiences.”

Lysistrata will be performed in Marquette Theatre March 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27 at 8 p.m. and March 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission, and $7 for students and seniors. Group rates are available.

For more information, call 865-3824.