Lysistrata - summer 2017

 

LYSISTRATA


The original anti-war comedy!

Now in its 2,428th year!

Aristophanes wrote Lysistrata in 411 B.C., when Greece was smack in the middle of the Pellopenesian Wars -- 30 years of civil conflict that pitted Athens and her allies against Sparta and her allies, and which resulted in the destruction of Greece's "Golden Age" of democracy and art.

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.
BarnDoor Productions has taken that original work and turned it into a snappy, sassy, sexy musical comedy that is fast and fun, has some catchy music and a tiny little political message that sneaks quietly up, taps you on the shoulder and smacks you in the face with a 60 pound mackerel!

There's nothing suble about LYSISTRATA, but there's a lot that is fun -- for both audience and performers!

WE ARE GOING TO NEED
(are you ready for this?)

14 WOMEN
and
14 MEN

So, don't hum and haw -- come out and join us!

Characters:

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

It's crazy, silly fun
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?
HERE IS A PDF OF THE CURRENT VERSION OF THE SHOW --

March 21, 2017 Draught 5

(This will be continually updated as work proceeds.)
BELOW ARE MP3s
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.

Act One

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

Act Two

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