drama group updates "Lysistrata"
Theatre, a student organization created to reach across racial
and other barriers that divide people, presents the Aristophanes
classic, "Lysistrata," Jan. 21-22 and 26-29 at 8 p.m.
in the Student Activities Building, which seats 325. Tickets are
on sale for $5 on the Lawn and at the Newcomb Hall box office
and also will be sold at the door.
Spectrum production of the Ancient Greek play is set in the Vietnam
War era and applies Aristophanes' critique of gender roles to
our own time. Though both societies are dominated by men, they
stereotype both genders, depicting women as sex objects and men
as aggressors. Aristophanes sought to liberate both men and women
by emphasizing a sense of respect for the dignity of human life.
Begun a year ago, the student company performed a multi-racial
version of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," set in
the civil rights era, last January and "Voices of the Class,"
a play based on U.Va. students' admissions essays last fall.