Colleges students perform “Lysistrata”
(April 6, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.—As a statement about his own impatience with the conflicts that had been going on between the city-states for more than 20 years, Aristophanes wrote a play about the ravages of war and about the truths of human nature. Students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges will stage the work, “Lysistrata,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 14, 15 and 16, in the Barn on the Colleges campus. Admission $5; HWS students are admitted free. Tickets are available at the door.
Typical of old comedy, this play presents a seemingly ridiculous scheme, presented in this case by a strong woman, Lysistrata, to rid Athens of the scourge of war. Her idea is simple, “No Sex, No War.” The women band together, albeit reluctantly, to withhold sex from the men folk until they stop fighting. Along the way some very public figures wage a battle of their own to try and regain control of the Akropolis, taken over by the elderly women of the city in an effort to control the money that goes to fund the war.
“Cogent observations of politics and people are what have caused this play to be produced over and over again, and recently to be at the center of a nation-wide event that had people reading the play as a sign of protest against the United States’ invasion of Iraq,” says director David Dannenfelser, HWS assistant professor of English. “The sad truth that we discovered in doing our own production is that not much has changed in the world concerning the reconciling of conflicts. Can there be a Lysistrata out there for us?”
The cast includes seniors Kate Delp, from Kinderhook, N.Y.; Andrew Holt, from Boston, Mass.; and Andrew Kasprzak, from Farmington, Conn.; sophomores Ezequiel Cotler, from Maplewood, N.J.; Maggie Cullinan, from Slingerlands, N.Y.; Jenna Gruttadauria, from Gates Mills, Ohio; and Joseph Halko, from Greene, N.Y.; and first-years Adria Baratta, from Tenafly, N.J.; Julius Ferraro, from Philadelphia, Pa.; Danisha Holcomb, from Johnson City, N.Y.; Jonah Levy, from Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Elspeth Scott, from Great Falls, Va.