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Greek Comedy, Lysistrata, to be Performed

2/7/2007 —

Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ anti-war comedy, will be presented by Penn State Lehigh Valley Theatre.  Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on February 28, March 1, 2, and 3; a matinee at 2 p.m. on March 3; and a 7 p.m. performance on March 4 at the Historic Ice House Performing Arts Center, Sand Island, Bethlehem. This version of  the Greek comedy writer’s work has been translated by Adam Webster and is being directed by Janice Pope, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

Lysistrata is an uproariously comical treatment of anti-war sentiment and remains one of the most popular and enduring ancient Greek comedies produced today.  Much to the dismay of the only men remaining in Athens during their history’s longest war, the heroine of the play, Lysistrata, leads the women of the city in a revolt to persuade their warrior husbands to end the war by taking control of the city treasury and staging a sex strike!  The resulting battle between the sexes is a familiar and hilarious romp.

The play contains adult language and content and is not suitable for children.   

The cast features current Penn State Lehigh Valley students along with Penn State alumni and outstanding performers recognizable from their work on area community theatre stages. Cast members include: Jan Billings, Easton; Gretchen Braun, Hellertown; Cathy Britton, Orefield; Jerry Brucker, Lower Macungie Township; Tiffany Getz, Wind Gap; Jamie Heckman, Morgantown; Michael Holden, Allentown; Matthew Klein, Rensselaer, NY; Harry Kline and Michelle Kline, Kutztown; Rebecca Knappenberger, Slatington; Lucas Lipsky, Allentown; Tamara Lubysheva, Bethlehem; Nancy Mikkelsen, Macungie; Jane Noel, Emmaus; Erik Omdalen, Allentown; Brian Ott, Denville, NJ; Greg Rotariu, Slatington; Dan Sigley, Bethlehem; and Jay Thomas, Allentown. The stage manager is Elizabeth Mertz of Lehighton.

Director Janice Pope holds an M.F.A. in Acting/Directing from Syracuse University and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC), and serves on the administration of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region II.

Tickets may be purchased at www.lvartsboxoffice.org. The cost of general admission tickets is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the days of performance or by calling 610-285-5090.

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