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Ancient Play with Modern Themes
How does a play written 2,500 years ago communicate to a 21st Century audience? "Lysistrata"—written by Aristophanes in 411 B.C.—has enjoyed enduring appeal due to its topics of sex and politics.
Butte College presents the timeless production on May 1 and 2 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and again May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. The first two showings are free for students with a Butte College activity card. Tickets for the May 3 showing are $5 for students and $10 general.
Directed by Barry Piccinino, the play follows the eponymous heroine and her militant sisterhood as they take unusual action to make their men stop fighting: staging a sex strike by withdrawing sexual favors until peace is declared; and freezing war funds by occupying the Acropolis.
At the time of its inception, says Piccinino, "for women to assert themselves in public arena was pure 'theatre of the absurd.'"
These days, it seems less absurd. Women have staged sex strikes in recent years in Colombia, Turkey, Poland, New Zealand and Sudan, seeking to stop drug wars, combat repressive legislation, and conserve their environment.
"As you watch our production, we hope you laugh, giggle, and blush just a bit," says Piccinino, "but don't be surprised if you leave the theatre thinking about our world today."
Due to its content, this play is for mature audiences only. Tickets may be purchased at the Black Box Theatre in the ARTS building on main campus. For more information, call (530) 895-2994.