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 themes.”

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 Designer).

Contact: Kasey Evans ’12, (309) 556-3181