Posted by Vivienne Verdon-Roe's Comments on playing Lysistrata (188.8.131.52) on March 01, 2003 at 19:00:08:
> Dear Friends
> Please excuse this group email. I heard about a World-Wide
> Theatre Event for Peace. A modern version of the Greek play,
> LYSISTRATA, is happening as a staged reading in over 600 cities in 40
> countries on March 3rd, 2003, including on Maui! I love these peace
> events that are happening in many places at the same time -- peace
> marches, photos, and now peace plays. It feels like we're part of a
> global brain (a smart one!) that's coming to life.
> So, I thought it would be a blast to audition. I was astonished
> to get the lead. Yes, I'm playing Lys herself! Ironic, since
> encouraging women to take their power has been a central theme in my
> life (certainly in my film that won the Oscar). It's amazing how
> something written 3000 years ago is so appropriate today!? And it's
> funny too. So, come be entertained and support Maui peace
> organizations at the same time. A flier below has all the
> information. Please email it to friends. Thanks so much for your
> help, and I hope to see you next Monday!
> Love vivienne
> LYSISTRATA PROJECT: MAUI ANNOUNCEMENT
> LYSISTRATA PROJECT
> Activists Worldwide Use Ancient Play to Address Current Crisis
> Public Readings of Lysistrata in 40 Countries Condemn War in Iraq
> On March 3, 2003, the Lysistrata Project will present worldwide
> readings of
> Aristophanes' ancient Greek bawdy anti-war comedy Lysistrata. To date,
> play readings are scheduled in 40 countries to voice opposition to the
> in Iraq; those numbers increase hourly. Readings will raise money for
> charities working for peace.
> On Maui, Lysistrata will be presented in a dramatic reading by local
> (including Risa & Robert Whiting, "Best Actors" in the 2002 Maui News
> and R. K. Harper, a member of the local theatre company, Talking
> Story: Any
> Kine Stuff and currently appearing in "Tartuffe: Born Again") at the
> historic Iao Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
> Admission is free with suggested donations at $10 per ticket
> Lysistrata tells the story of women from opposing states who unite to
> end a
> war by refusing to sleep with their husbands until the men agree to lay
> down their swords. Powerless in their society and distraught over too
> of their children being slaughtered in battle, the women take the only
> tactic available to them: they withhold sex.
> Fast-forward 2,400 years: swords are now weapons of mass destruction.
> Faced with the prospect of massive loss of human life ,both Iraqi and
> American , Lysistrata Project participants world-wide take a new
> tactic and add their voices to the mounting clamor of global anti-war
> You can be a part of the largest coordinated theatrical peace
> in the planet's history. Come to the show (and tell your friends)!
> Nadine Newlight 573-7730 firstname.lastname@example.org
> Ed Jor-El Elkin 879-1103
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