Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department Presents Bawdy Greek Comedy ‘Lysistrata’ Oct. 31-Nov. 3, Nov. 7-9

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department will present a new adaptation of Aristophanes’ famous Greek comedy “Lysistrata” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, Nov. 7-9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.

“This new version, adapted by Ellen McLaughlin, is the premiere ‘make-love-not-war’ play,” said Josh Machamer, chair of the Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department. “‘Lysistrata’, first performed in 411 B.C., is a bold, bawdy, comedic romp that is ripe for our current times. It follows an Athenian wife, Lysistrata, weary of the endless Peloponnesian War, who persuades the other women of Greece to stage a sex strike against their husbands … until peace can be negotiated. It’s a sexually charged power grab of epic proportions.”

“Lysistrata” brings guest director Suzy Newman, from SLO Repertory Theatre, to campus to lead the production. In addition, the show features the work of Theatre and Dance Department students, faculty and staff, including Laina Babb, costume shop manager; Thomas J. Bernard, costume designer; Clint Bryson, technical director; and Brian Healy, scenic and lighting designer. In addition, about 50 students from a variety of majors are contributing to the production through construction, backstage work, management, publicity and performance.

Tickets are $20 for the public and $12 for students, senior citizens and children. Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849). 

The performance is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department, College of Liberal Arts, and Instructionally Related Activities Program.

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About the Cal Poly Theatre Program
The mission of Cal Poly’s Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts Program is to provide students with a foundation in the theory and practice of theatre. By providing academic instruction, hands-on activities and supervised training, majors will develop knowledge of the various aspects of theatre: history, dramatic literature, playwriting, performing, production, directing, design and administrative practices. The program is delivered within a liberal arts framework, intended to advance the value of collaboration at all levels of study; designed to not only produce theatre artists with strong written and verbal skills, but also globally-minded citizens, prepared to enter into a variety of fields. The producing of plays by the Theatre and Dance Department is seen as our artistic, academic and civic responsibility; to present the reflection of experiences both lived and imagined — coming together and actively engaging in the idea that theatre is a story that communities tell about themselves.

Contact: Josh Machamer

October 9, 2019

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