The original anti-war comedy!
Now in its 2,428th year!
Aristophanes's message was simple:
"Stop the madness or we risk losing everything we have created."
Aristophanes envisioned a group of smart, informed, empowered women who take matters into their own hands (but nothing else, if you follow us) and put a stop to the war through the best weapon women have to change men's behaviour: sex.
Unfortunately for Greece, there was no real Lysistrata there to organize the women; Aristophanes's message went unheard and the war went on -- and on and on.
Even though the 411 B.C. version of the play failed in its goal, it remains one of the most startlingly original and frank (and sexy) pieces in all of the panoply of classical theatre.
There's nothing suble about LYSISTRATA, but there's a lot that is fun -- for both audience and performers!
(are you ready for this?)
So, don't hum and haw -- come out and join us!
Lysistrata: an Athenian woman, the ringleader
Calonice: her earthy BFF and neighbour
Myrrhine: a young Athenian woman, newly married
Lampito: a Spartan woman, all muscle and no brain
The Magistrate: a city father of Athens
Cinesias: the soldier-husband of Myrrhine
Stratyllis: the leader of the women's chorus
Philostratus: the leader of the men's chorus
A Spartan herald
An Athenian politician
A Chorus of Old Women
A Chorus of Old Men
Other young women and men
with lots of sexy innuendo
and some exciting music
And, it's 2,400 years old!
And, it's Greek!
What's not to like?
March 21, 2017 Draught 5
(This will be continually updated as work proceeds.)
of the working versions of the musical numbers.
I'm doing something new with this.
The vocal parts are sung by ROBOTS!
That's right: robots.
It's an early version of some experimental software.
Do not expect to hear all the words clearly -- it's not that far advanced, yet.
INSTEAD: Use the PDF of the script (above) to follow along and you'll see how the vocals and harmonies work and how the dialogue fits into the script.
Otherwise, it's mostly just a tune.
Here are the MP3s.
No 1 - Overture.mp3
No 2 - Athens.mp3
No 2b - Lysistratas Plan.mp3
No 3 - Scene Change 1-1 to 1-2.mp3
No 4 - Entrance of the Old Men's Chorus.mp3
No 5 - Shut Your Mouth.mp3
No 6 - All You Men.mp3
No 7 - All You Men, reprise.mp3
No 8 - Lycon My Husband.mp3
No 9 - Entracte.mp3
No 10 - Oh, Melanion.mp3
No 11 - Baby I'm not saying I don't love you.mp3
No 12 - Baby I'm Not Saying, reprise.mp3
No 13 - Entrance of Reconciliation.mp3
No 14- My Mama Never.mp3
No 15 - Io Paean.mp3
No 16 - When Spartas army ruled the hills.mp3
No 17 - Io Paean, reprise.mp3
No 18 - Curtain Call.mp3