The First-Ever World-Wide Theatre Event for Peace
On 03/03/03, theatre groups around the world will be performing staged readings of Apistophane's Lysistrata to protest the war in Iraq.
Readings will be staged all over the world. Discover if it's playing in near you!
I'm psyched to be taking part of this historical event... and in such a timeless venue, too :D
About The Lysistrata Project
The first-ever world-wide theatrical event for peace is coming to a city near you on Monday, March 3rd, 2003! Theatre artists from around the planet are raising their collective voice against war by producing readings of Lysistrata in order to:
- Let the Bush Administration know that we oppose their war on Iraq.
- Provide events where citizens can unite to enjoy an evening of spirited, comedic theatre while raising public awareness about the volume of war opposition.
- Provide a humorous entree into a healthy community dialogue: What CAN we do on a local level to stop "diplomacy by violence" in our world?
- Raise money for organizations that work for peace and human rights.
Take Tangible Action!
Join the Lysistrata Project to inspire community action and communication. Produce a reading of Lysistrata in YOUR city.
Giving new meaning to the phrase " THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY."
For those of you not familiar with the piece, the women of Athens get together in protest to work for peace by preventing their husbands from, uhm, getting a piece. Here are a couple of excerpts (not the translation we'll be using, but close enough):
CLEONICE: And why do you summon us, dear Lysistrata? What is it all about?
LYSISTRATA: About a big thing.
CLEONICE: And is it thick too?
LYSISTRATA: Yes, very thick.
CLEONICE: And we are not all on the spot! Imagine!
LYSISTRATA: Oh! if it were what you suppose, there would be never an absentee...
CINESIAS: I'm a dead man, she is killing me! She has gone, and left me in torment! (in tragic style) I must have someone to lay, I must! Ah me! the loveliest of women has choused and cheated me. Poor little lad, how am I to give you what you want so badly? Where is Cynalopex? quick, man, get him a nurse, do!
LEADER OF CHORUS OF OLD MEN: Poor, miserable wretch, baulked in your amorousness! what tortures are yours! Ah! you fill me with pity. Could any man's back and loins stand such a strain. He stands stiff and rigid, and there's never a wench to help him!
LACONIAN ENVOY: Ah! great gods! what a lovely bottom* Peace has!
It's really quite bawdy (not that there isn't other bawdy stuff BCE.. but I've never seen a play predating modern times in which all the men sport erections... or even a modern play, for that matter).
* Speaking of Bottom... we're definitely doing Midsummer Night's Dream this summer. We're doubling all the parts... I think I'm Titiana and Hippolyta. More on that as it develops.