School of Theatre Arts to Present Lysistrata
February 8, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Theatre Arts will present
the Greek comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes. The play will be performed in the McPherson Theatre (2 Ames Plaza
East, Bloomington) at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 to Feb. 20. A matinee performance will be held
at 2 p.m. on Feb. 21.
Immediately following the Friday, Feb. 19 performance, a panel discussion titled “Ancient
Comedy on the Modern Stage: Lysistrata in the 21st century” will be held in McPherson Theatre. The Greek & Roman Studies
department and the IWU School of Theatre Arts will sponsor this discussion. The panel
portion of the evening is free and open to the public.
Tickets will be available for purchase Monday, Feb. 8. General admission is $10 for
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday performances, and $12 for Friday and Saturday
performances. Senior citizens receive a $1 discount off tickets, and student tickets
are $2 with a valid school ID. This production is not a family-friendly show due to
adult themes. Patrons should use discretion when purchasing tickets.
Lysistrata, which dates back to 411 B.C., tells of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and
Sparta. In the play, the wives work out their own plan to encourage their husbands
to reach a peace agreement. Traditional gender relationships are satirized as the
plot plays out in the play. According to the School of Theatre Arts, this performance
“will invoke the spirit of Aristophanes while applying contemporary style to historical
For additional information, or to reserve tickets for Lysistrata, please contact the McPherson Theatre box office at (309) 556-3232.
Cast: Melina Rey (Lysistrata), Carly Stocking (Calonice), Brooke Trantor (Myrrhine), Alyssa
Julien (Lampito), Shanna Cardea (Woman Leader), Lily Lowell, Kelsey Philips, Amanda
Williams (Old Women), Megan Francomb, Carly Jones, Taylor Kofron, Abby Root, Lizzie
Schwarzrock, Allison Sutton, Britta Whittenberg (Chorus/ Young and Old Wives), Jordan
Goetz, Jamelle Robinson, Autumn Sutton (Posse), Sameehan Patel (Magistrate), Michael
Holding (Rod), Ian Coulter-Buford (Spartan Herald), Ryan Tipton (Spartan Ambassador),
Blake Bauer (Athenian), Josh Conrad (Men Leader), Liam Conlon, Will Cordeniz, Michael
Holding, Sameehan Patel, Peter Vroustouris (Old Men).
Production Team: Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Tom Quinn (Director), Hallie Zieselman, visiting
artist (Scene Designer), Associate Professor of Theatre Arts/ Costume Design Marcia
McDonald (Costume Designer), Adam Groeninger (Lighting Designer), Leigh Huff (Sound
Contact: Kasey Evans ’12, (309) 556-3181