The University of Southern Indiana Theatre continues the 2014 fall season with Lysistrata adapted from Aristophanes, written and directed by Elliot Wasserman, and showing November 19-23 in the Mallette Studio Theatre on the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center on USI’s campus.
Wasserman is joined by a design team of USI students: Stephanie Sauerheber as costume designer and Erik McCandless as lighting designer, as well as guest designer Joseph P. Flauto for scenery and USI alumnus Daniel Kopp for sound.
Lysistrata’s large cast includes USI students Shawnté Gaston as Lysistrata, Taylor Kearschner as Kalonike, Marci Kreutzer as Myrhinne, Christy Thompson as Fallopia, Enjoli Drake as Libido, Briana Maddox as Labianne and Peace, Keely McGill as Kleatoris, Sara Fortner as Vageena, Danielle Scott as Old Vulva, Brandis DeWilligen as Vericosia, Chynna Hall as Pudenda, Adrian Small as Urethra, Megan Hoffman as Chlamydia, Zachary Leonard as Viagorus, Samuel Wentzel as Mitosis and Junior, Nolan Spinks as Ejaculottus, AJ Jones as Anus, Alex Hadley as Scrotum, Logan Vickers as Flaccididdes, Samuel Baker as Venereus, Tesitcoles and Herald, Cody Parker as Erectus, Luke Bockelman as Kinesias, Ray Graham as Ambassador Pendulous and Scott Cummings as Major Diccides.
The bold and outspoken Lysistrata, like the other wives of Athens, is weary of the conflict and constant absence of their warrior husbands during the many years of the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata decides it is time to bring an end to this situation, persuading the women of Greece to assemble at the Acropolis in Athens for an urgent meeting. Her solution - coordinate a sex strike which arouses a new battle on the homefront between the wives and the warriors. Who will emerge victorious in this power struggle of the sexes?
Tickets are $7 for USI students, $12 for adults, and $10 for USI employees, seniors (60+) and non-USI students. Shows start each night at 7:30 p.m. for Wednesday through Saturday shows and 2 p.m. for the Sunday matinee. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.usi.edu/theatre or call the box office at 812-465-1668. Follow us on Facebook at USITheatre for updates and photos.
Opening the spring season in the new USI Teaching Theatre is Picnic by William Inge. The production is part of the Repertory Project - a co-production of New Harmony Theatre and USI Theatre - and runs February 25-March 1. USI Theatre’s final show of the spring season, Spring Awakening with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, based on the play by Frank Wedekind, runs April 22-26. Tickets for the upcoming productions are on sale now.
All performances in the 2014-15 season contain adult themes and language. Spring Awakening also includes nudity.
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