Theater at Monmouth is staging Aristophanes’ Make Love Not War Battles of the Sexs this summer

MONMOUTH – Theater at Monmouth opens the It’s Greek (and Roman) to ME! Spice it up with this fun, poignant, and political comic hoopla. On a mission to end the Peloponnesian War, Lysistrata joins the women of Greece in a pact to withhold sex until the men declare peace. As the women torment and tease their way to a truce, a timeless tale of sexual politics, political power struggles and the battle between the sexes unfolds. Make love not war with one of Aristophanes’ ‘Best-Known Comedies’, Saturday 25 June 7:30pm through Thursday 18 August, including weekday and weekend matinees and evening performances.

The women of Greece want the Peloponnesian War to end. Led by a strong Athenian, Lysistrata, a pact is made that women will not sleep with their husbands until the men agree to end the war. After a while, the women feel the pressure building and consider abandoning the pact. Lysistrata brings them together and speaks with a prominent judge in Athens about the conditions and effects of war on men and women. Aristophanes was way ahead of his time and used his plays to express political and social concerns. Lysistrata reflects these views, as well as those on gender, war, and sexuality.

Director Danielle Drakes says, “Lysistrata has given many women throughout history a sense of purpose or power and her influence can only grow from here as women’s rights remain a pressing issue in our world today. Their motivation is not only to end the war, but to open up completely new channels of communication between the sexes. With Lysistrata, Aristophanes challenges the concept of classical female sexuality by introducing a protagonist who views the notion of sex as something that both sides desire, and not just as a means of procreation and male pleasure. Strong central themes are war and peace, gender roles, sexuality and the battle of the sexes, rebellion, patriotism and the political power of comedy.”

Lysistrata stars Erin Amlicke as Lampito, Thomas Ian Campbell as Cinesius, Trezure Coles as Lysistrata, Michael Liebhauser as the Magistrate, Jamie Saunders as Myrrhine, Ray K. Soeun as the Herald, and Tennah Sillah as Calonice. Directed by Danielle Drakes; Set design by Nadir Bey, costume design by Elizabeth Rocha, lighting design by Jim Alexander and sound design by Simon Marland, stage management by Hailey Glick.

Calendar of events: Opening on 25.6. at 7:30 p.m.; further performance dates 09.07., 13.07., 02.08., 08.08., 18.08. at 7:30 p.m., 24.07., 30.07., 11.08., 16.08. at 1:00 p.m

Join us on select weekend evening performances for post-performance discussions with the cast and creative team. Discuss the critical historical, artistic, and cultural perspectives of the worlds of each piece. Post-performance discussions will take place on the following dates: Saturday, July 9, after the performance of Lysistrata, Sunday, July 24, after the performance of Antony + Cleopatra, Sunday, July 31, after the performance of Comedy of Errors, Sunday 7 August after the performance of Amphitryon, Sunday 14 August after the performance of Eurydice.

Tickets, subscriptions and savings. A TAM subscription offers savings and exclusive benefits such as preferred seating and ticket exchanges. Gold, Flex, General or Senior Passes can be purchased. So whether you want one ticket to each show or five tickets to one show, there is an option for you. Individual tickets for the Summer Repertory and Fall Play are $37 for adults, $32 for seniors, and $23 for students (under 18). Tickets for the family show are $18 for adults and $13 for children.

Opening Nights are Educator Nights. Educators receive a 20 percent discount on the general ticket price at the box office with a valid photo ID.

Under 30 rush tickets. For guests under the age of 30, $10 rush tickets are available for up to 20 viewers at any performance throughout the season, excluding the family show and special events. Contact the Box Office by email [email protected] or by phone after 11am on the day of the show at 207.933.9999. Requests made before the ticket office opens will not be processed.

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