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May 6, 2011
Theatre Department to Stage Classic Greek Comedy May 19 to 22
The College of the Canyons Theatre Department will present Greek playwright Aristophanes’ bawdy, politically inspired comedy “Lysistrata” on the main stage of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) May 19 to 22.
Glorifying the power of fertility in the face of destruction, “Lysistrata” -- loosely translated as “she who disbands armies” -- is set in Athena during the 20th year of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta.
The play follows a group of angry, fed-up Athenian women who barricade themselves in the Acropolis and go on a sex strike in hopes of forcing their husbands into a peace treaty with warring Sparta.
The production features a cast of 25 students and community members, and has been translated into a more modern version of Aristophanes’ classic work by playwright Carolyn Balducci.
“The director of the production, Randee Trabitz, and the scene and lighting designer, Brodie Steele, have come up with a very entertaining ‘Looney Tunes-like’ concept for this production, which will be great fun for actors and audiences alike,” said Paul Wickline, chair of the Theatre Department.
“Lysistrata” runs Thursday, May 19, through Sunday, May 22, on the PAC main stage. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. May 19 through 21, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for COC students and senior citizens.
This production contains mature subject matter and language. Parental discretion is advised for children under 13.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the PAC Box Office at (661) 362-5304 or click the poster image.