Video Auditions - LYSISTRATA

(part of a series)

Location: virtual

A comedy adapted by Ellen McLaughlin
Inspired by the play by Aristophanes
Directed by Lucy Barron '23
Performances: September 30 - October 2 in the Philbin Studio Theatre

This fresh, fast-paced comedy, inspired by the Aristophanes play, follows Lysistrata, an Athenian housewife, who calls for the women of Greece to help end the Peloponnesian War. She proposes a radical plan: all Greek women must refuse to engage in love making until the men see reason, lay down their arms and come home to lay down with their wives in peace. The women agree to make the sacrifice and all hell breaks loose as men wander the country in an agony of unsatisfied lust. Will Lysistrata and her crew accomplish what the politicians could not?

A note from director Lucy Barron:

The original Lysistrata is an Ancient Greek play written by Aristophanes which follows a woman of Athens as she organizes the wives of Greece in a sex strike against their husbands in protest of their battles in the Peloponnesian War. OUR Lysistrata is a modern adaptation of the comedy written by Ellen McLaughlin which takes the Ancient Greek and gives it some modern bite and hilarity. Gone is the daunting flowery language of old times - this is a story told by women for women as they navigate their lack of agency in a male-dominated world. 
This production is a staged reading, meaning it will be performed with scripts in hand. This means NO PRIOR PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE NEEDED to join our lovely cast. 
Rehearsals will meet three times a week for two hours until our final week of September 26th, tech week, when we will meet daily. Show dates are Sept 30th, Oct 1st, and October 2nd.
To audition please submit a video of yourself via this form performing the attached audition side below. Video submissions due by Friday, September 2 at 9:00 pm.

Audition sides


All majors welcome! Auditions not restricted to FTT majors - open to all ND/SMC/HCC students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to providing artistic opportunities for our Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) students. We welcome students with disabilities and students of all gender identities.

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