Lysistrata
By Aristophanes I Directed by Danielle Drakes
Sponsored by DR Struck Landscape Nursery

On a mission to end the Peloponnesian war, Lysistrata bands together the women of Greece in a pact to withhold sex until the men declare peace. As the women tantalize and tease their way to a cease-fire, a timeless story emerges of sexual politics, political power struggles, and the battle between the sexes. Funny, poignant, and a little dirty, Lysistrata is a comic romp of more than adequate proportions.

Schedule

Saturday, June 25, 7:30 p.m. (Opening Night)
Saturday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. (Post-Show Discussion to follow)
Wednesday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. (*Winery Wednesday)
Sunday, July 24, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 11, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 13, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 18, 7:30 p.m. (Closing Night)

*Winery Wednesdays will take place outside under a tent at WillowsAwake Winery. 10 Leeds Junction Rd. Leeds, ME 04263

 

Production Team


Danielle Drakes
Director

Jim Alexander
Lighting Designer

Nadir Bey
Set Designer

Hailey Glick
Stage Manager

Sophie Harrington
Asst. Stage Manager

Simon Marland
Sound Designer

Elizabeth Rocha
Costume Designer

Lorraine Slone
Intimacy, Fight, Movement Director

Paige Stone
Props Master

 


Cast


Erin Amlicke
Lampito

Thomas Ian Campbell
Cinesius

Trezure Coles
Lysistrata

Michael Liebhauser
Magistrate

Jamie Saunders
Myrrhine

Tennah Sillah
Calonice

Ray K. Soeun
Herald
 

 

From the Director

With Lysistrata, Aristophanes challenges the concept of classical female sexuality by introducing a protagonist who takes the idea of sex as something that both parties desire, not simply as a means of reproduction and male pleasure. Strong central themes include war and peace, gender roles, sexuality and the battle of the sexes, rebellion, patriotism, and the political power of comedy. Lysistrata uses sex as a weapon against the men and her plan is completely radical and it takes time to sway the other women into accepting it. 

Lysistrata has given many women throughout history feelings of purpose or power, and its influence can only grow from here as the rights of women continue to be a pressing issue in our world today. Her motivation is not only to end the war but to open up entirely new lines of communication between the sexes. When this play was originally performed, the women’s roles would have been performed by men, and this entirely changes the way we perceive women’s roles in the work. For example, if Lysistrata is supposed to be a serious figure whose plan, though brash, is brilliant and even heroic, the delivery of a man planning a female sex strike could appear quite comedic to ancient audiences – which were also likely composed of only men. 

For us, this play takes place today and before. Gender play is the lens through which we create your experience of this story. We began thinking of ways of staging Lysistrata so that it was accessible to our audience but also faithful to the spirit of ancient Greek theater. In its disguise as a bawdy comedy oozing with innuendo, Lysistrata makes a revolutionary suggestion about the role of both sexes: that perhaps the sexes should talk to and even work with one another.