10/15/2004

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Contact: Charla Jenkins, University Theatre, (785) 864-2684

Aristophanes' 'Lysistrata' comes alive on KU's Inge Theatre stage

LAWRENCE --- In a time of war and with national elections only two weeks away, the University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Film and University Theatre are staging Aristophanes' antiwar comedy "Lysistrata."

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and 26-29; 5 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30; and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the William Inge Memorial Theatre in Murphy Hall.

Laura Leffler-McCabe, Shawnee graduate student, is directing the production. Scenic design is by Anna Wieczorek, Lawrence graduate student, with costume design by Delores Ringer, associate professor of theatre and film; lighting by Robert Sturner, Overland Park junior; and choreography by Eric F. Avery, Olathe sophomore.

The plot is simple. Athenian women, fed up with the Peloponnesian War, barricade themselves in the Acropolis and go on a sex strike to force their husbands to vote for peace with Sparta.

The script for the KU production, adapted by Leffler-McCabe from a translation by Benjamin Bickley Rogers, includes contemporary political references improvised by the cast. Leffler-McCabe also is using dance to place the conflict in present-day global contexts.

"We are taking a larger look at the United States' foreign policy," she said. "We're not just looking at our country's relations with Iraq, but at our relationship with the whole world. We are asking 'Who are our enemies?' 'What is our war? Today's audiences must decide how far-fetched Aristophanes' fantasy really is."

The production will be performed without an intermission. It deals with adult subject matter and includes strong sexual content and language. Strobe lights are being used.

"It's all in good fun," Leffler-McCabe said, "but the play is certainly not suitable for anyone younger than 15 or 16."

General admission tickets are available through the KU ticket offices: University Theatre, 864-3982, and Lied Center, 864-ARTS, and on-line at www.kutheatre.com. Tickets cost $12 for the public; $11 for senior citizens; and $10 for students, faculty and staff. VISA and MasterCard are accepted for phone and online orders.

Information about the cast, directors and designers, listed by hometown, class, major, parents' names and high school (if available) and role:

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Summer M. Eglinski, senior in pre-education and theatre and film; daughter of Ed and Pam Eglinski; Lawrence Free State High School; Massassi.
Scott Johnson, senior in theatre and film, son of Larry and Peggy Johnson; Lawrence Free State High School; The Commish.
Ashley K. Lafond, senior in theatre and film; daughter of Alea and Mark Lafond; Lawrence Free State High School; Asha.
Anna Wieczorek, master's student in design; scenic design.
JOHNSON COUNTY
From Lenexa
Brandon Ford, sophomore in theatre and film; son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Walker; Olathe East High School; Hanzo.
From Olathe
Eric F. Avery, sophomore in theatre and film; son of Mary Ann Avery and John and Vivian Avery; Highland Park High School, Topeka; choreography and the role of Raul.
Cali Gilman, freshman in theatre and film, daughter of Barb Signor; Olathe South High School; Rosalinda.
From Overland Park
Jordy Altman, freshman in pre-education and theatre and film, son of Ron and Judy Altman; Blue Valley Northwest High School; Envoy.
Darren Maloney, senior in theatre and film, son of Tim Maloney and Terrie Maloney, Lee's Summit, Mo.; North High School; Kinesias.
Katherine McRobbie, senior in theatre and film and history of art; daughter of Elaine McRobbie; Shawnee Mission East High School; Lampito.
Robert Sturner, junior in theatre design; son of Gene and Bonnie Sturner, Kansas City, Mo.; Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.; lighting design.
From Shawnee
Andrea Long, senior in theatre design and art; daughter of Anne Marie Hurter; Olathe East High School; Jadwiga.
Laura Leffler-McCabe, master's student in theatre and film; director.
MIAMI COUNTY
From Paola
Justin Anselmi, freshman in theatre and film and pre-medicine; son of Keith Anselmi; Paola High School; Bub.
POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY
From Wamego
Brandon DeLany, junior in theatre and film; son of Dianne DeLany; Wabaunsee High School; Tadeusz.
SALINE COUNTY
From Salina
Lauren R. Marshall, junior in theatre and voice; daughter of Eric and Barbara Marshall; Salina South High School; Kiku.
SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Andrew York, senior in theatre and film and pre-journalism; son of Ben and Deborah York; Wichita High School East; Aman.
MINNESOTA
From Lakeville
Justin Knudsen, junior in English and theatre and film; son of Ken and Barb Knudsen, Lakeville Senior High School; Ambassador.
MISSOURI
From Kansas City
Erin Evangeline Burns, senior in theatre and film and communication studies; daughter of Thomas and Victoria Burns, North Kansas City High School; Lysistrata.
NORTH DAKOTA
From Bismarck
Caitlin McDonald, senior in theatre and film and communication studies; daughter of Jack and Connie McDonald, St. Mary's Central High School; Calonike.
OKLAHOMA
From Broken Arrow
Leslie Long, senior in theatre and film;daughter of Robert L. Miller and Robin Miller, Okmulgee, Okla., Morris High School; Myrrihne.

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