Synopsis: Lysistrata is a bawdy anti-war comedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes. It is the comic account of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War, as Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate a peace.
Casting - Seeking individuals 18 and older only
Lysistrata - Female, 18-30, Lysistrata is an Athenian woman who is sick and tired of war and the treatment of women in Athens. Lysistrata gathers the women of Sparta and Athens together to solve these social ills and finds success and power in her quest. Lysistrata is the least feminine of the women from either Athens or Sparta, and her masculinity helps her gain respect among the men.
Kalonike - Female, 18-30, Lysistrata’s neighbor. She is the first to show up at Lysistrata's meeting of women. Kalonike embraces her feminine side and is delighted that Lysistrata's scheme for peace involves garments like negligees.
Myrrhine - Female, 18-30, Athenien woman, who is one of the strongest in the group. She is able to seduce her husband, Kinesias, but she refuses sex with him just at the last minute.
Lampito - Female, 18-30, She is a representative of Spartan women. Large, well-built woman. She brings the Spartan women into Lysistrata's plan.
Other Women (Woman From Boitia, Woman from Korinthian) - Female, 18-40, The women of the town, in on Lysistrata’s plan.
Reconciliation - Female, 18-30, Lysistrata's handmaid. Reconciliation is the unclothed beauty of a woman whom Lysistrata displays and uses during her final plea for peace between Athens and Sparta. Terribly aroused and uncomfortable, the men quickly discuss the terms of a truce, all the while staring at her body.
Chorus of Old Women (3) - Female, 18-70, The Chorus of Old Women seizes and then protects the Akropolis from the Chorus of Old Men. The Chorus of Old Women, although frail, fights to the last with the men and finds victory in the end.
Chorus of Old Men (3) - Male 18-70, The Chorus of Old Men live up to their title, they teeter around Athens attempting to keep the women in line. Although, unsuccessful in their civic duties, the Chorus of Old Men strike up some fantastical misogynistic melodies and are a generally comedic element of the play.
Bureaucrat - Male, 25-40 is apparently the head of security and law in Athens, but is completely overwhelmed by the women and ends up being dressed as a woman himself. Lysistrata has a lengthy conversation with the Bureaucrat about the future of Athens and peace in the region, but he is very slow to understand her logic. Policemen (2) - Male, 18-40, Accompany the Bureaucrat, These Policemen are humiliated again and again by the women. The women, brandishing nothing but lamps, chamber pots and other various household utensils, scare these policemen away.
Kinesias - Male, 18-30, The needy, desperate clown that Myrrhine calls her husband. Kinesias is the first man to be affected by the sex strike and comes to the Akropolis, fully enflamed.
Manes -Male, 18-70, Kinesia’s servant
Herald - Male, 18-30, Messenger from Sparta who is sporting a massive errection, lets us know the womens strike has spread.
1st Spartan - Male, 18-30, an Ambassador from Sparta who is fully engorged sent to discuss the peace treaty
2nd Spartan - Male, 18-30, an Ambassador from Sparta who is fully engorged sent to discuss the peace treaty
1st Athenian - Male, 18-30, an Ambassador from Athens who is fully engorged sent to discuss the peace treaty
2nd Athenian - Male, 18-30, an Ambassador from Athens who is fully engorged sent to discuss the peace treaty
What to Prepare: A short monologue of 90 seconds or less. Please use a digital background on Zoom for your audition if possible. Not required but would be great as potentially will used for performances.
For Those Previously Scheduled, Where Are Auditions?: Auditions will be held online using the Zoom platform. A dedicated link will be sent to everyone with an audition scheduled.
Performance Guidelines: This production is non-equity and there is no pay. There are no fees to participate. Performances will take place online using the Zoom platform.
All times are EASTERN TIME
***Please note not every actor will be called for each rehearsal.***
Rehearsal Schedule ***Please note rehearsal schedule will be based on actor availability, once or twice and as needed. Between July 21st-October 1st Mondays - 6PM till 10:30PM Tuesdays - 7:30PM till 10:30PM Wednesdays - 7PM till 10PM Thursdays - 7PM till 10:30PM Fridays - 10AM till 10:30PM Saturdays - 2PM till 10:30PM Sundays - 3PM till 10:30PM