On March 3, 2003, the Lysistrata Project will present public readings of Aristophanes' ancient Greek anti-war comedy Lysistrata at locations worldwide, including the Genesee Community College. People from colleges, universities, theatres, and communities in every state in the nation will be participating, in support of peace and in opposition to war in Iraq. Marcia Morrison, Genesee's Director of Fine and Performing Arts will direct a staged reading of the play by college faculty, staff, and students on March 3 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in Genesee's Stuart Steiner Theatre on the Batavia Campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Lysistrata tells the story of women from opposing states who unite to end a war by refusing to sleep with their husbands until the men agree to lay down their swords. It is a popular play in Genesee's Theatre History class.
Hundreds of readings will take place at locations in over 30 countries. In New York City, where the project originated, dozens of teams of actors and directors will read Lysistrata in public spaces throughout the day. The Lysistrata Project will then present an all-star reading of the play that evening. For more information, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts box office at 585-345-6814 or visit http://www.lysistrataproject.org">http://www.lysistrataproject.org.