Lysistrata cover


Aristophanes (446BC - 385BC)

1. 1 - Part 1
2. 2 - Part 2

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Lysistrata read by the Classics Drama Company at DePaul. The Classics Drama Company at DePaul is a new gathering of Thespians and Classicists dedicated to performing and understanding ancient literature. If you live in Chicago and attend DePaul University, we welcome new additions to our group. Contact Dr. Kirk Shellko (, if interested.First performed in classical Athens c. 411 B.C.E., Aristophanes’ Lysistrata is the original battle of the sexes. One woman, Lysistrata, brings together the women of all Greece, exhorting them to withhold sexual contact from all men in order that they negotiate a treaty. Double entendres abound as men of Greece attempt to keep Lysistrata and her prurient gang from putting an end to the Peloponnesian war. Notably risqué, this comic drama sheds light on gender relations in ancient Athens.Lysistrata: Courtney NehlsCalonice: Natalie ChavezMyrrhine: Thu Hien Pham Lampito: Nick Marotta Stratyllis: Maggie Hogan Magistrate: Ryan Keifer Cinesias: Neil Loomis Spartan Herald: Maggie Hogan Envoys: Maggie Hogan, Neil LoomisAthenians: Courtney Nehls, Natalie Chavez, Thu Hien Pham, Nicholas Marotta, Maggie Hogan, Neil Loomis, Kirk ShellkoChorus of Women: Courtney Nehls, Natalie Chavez, Thu Hien Pham, Maggie Hogan, Neil LoomisMagistrate: Ryan KeiferSpartan Herald: Maggie HoganChorus of Old Men: Nicholas Marotta, Ryan Keifer, Neil Loomis, Kirk Shellko, Maggie HoganPorter, Market Idlers, etc: Nicholas Marotta, Maggie Hogan, Neil Loomis Editor: Kirk ShellkoTranslator is not named, but Jack Lindsay is commentator and Norman Lindsay is the illustrator.