Urbana University Theatre Presents Lysistrata

URBANA, Ohio (November 6, 2013) - Students in the theatre program at Urbana University will perform the ancient Greek comedy, Lysistrata, by Aristophanes, Thursday through Saturday, November 14-16 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 17 at 3:00 p.m. The performance is in the University’s Black Box Theatre on campus in the Hub. 

The intimate theatre has only 60 seats so reservations are recommended. They can be made through Tuesday, November 12 by calling 484-1409. Reserved tickets should be picked up at the Hub between 7:30 and 7:45 p.m. on performance nights and between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. for the Sunday matinee. Only 40 seats will be reserved and the remaining will be available as general seating on a first come, first served basis beginning at 7:30 each night and 2:30 on Sunday.

Lysistrata was first performed in 411 BCE as an appeal to end the lengthy Peloponnesian War. The title character convinces all the women of Greece to remain separate from their husbands until the men agree to make peace. Episodes featuring characters are interposed with amusing commentary and bawdy humor by a masked chorus of old men and old women. This is an adult comedy, not suitable for children.

Students working on the production are studying how the art, history, politics, and theatre of ancient Greece have influenced our modern American society. The cast features Mercedes Dagnan, of Medway, and Amanda Rockhold as Lysistrata, from Urbana, and an ensemble including: Marci Copley, Kenton; Vince Dugan, Hilliard; Cameron Harmon, Bradford; John-Mark Howley, Mechanicsburg; Josh Lurie, Troy; Kohl King, Urbana; Jaclyn Korte, Urbana; Ashley Lewis, Marysville; Kathleen Ollhoff, West Liberty; Matthew Patton, Urbana; Brooke Tuttle, Springfield; Jessica Thomas, Springfield; Casey White, Bellefontaine; and Tre’ Woods, Springfield; with Jessica Combs, Dayton, as the stage manager.

The production is directed by Margaret Piatt, assistant professor for theatre at Urbana University who also supervises the student crew. This includes a house management team of Zack Iiames, New Carlisle; Samantha Little, Columbus; Cody Peterson, Piqua; Chareese Robinson, Dayton; Janet Shafer, Urbana; and Amber Webb, Marysville. Costumes, sets, and props were produced by Gabrielle Bush, London; Kevin Fidler, St. Paris; Asijah Fisher, Chicago; Brianna Haines, Urbana; Jenna Hooks, Sidney; Kim Hazlewood, Mt. Gilead; Heather Martin, Mt. Sterling; Brittany Parks, Middletown; Laivan Porter, Alliance; Kimberly Puthoff, Bradford; Ron Roberts, Columbus; Cody Slater, Urbana; Jeremy Wallace, Urbana; Jayne Woodward, London; Adam Wunderele, Bellefontaine; and Lara Ziegler, Plain City. The sound and light crew are: Johnathan Barbee, Covington; Christopher Cromity, Solon; Kelsey Monteith, Urbana; C.J. Reid, Arverne, NY; and Amy Williams, Rockford.

Additional support in technical theatre has been given by Edna Higgins, Michael Hurwitz, Don McBride, Tom Murphy, and James A. White.

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