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SUNY Cortland Kicks off Theatrical Season with Lysistrata

The National Herald Archive

Lysistrata, translation by J.A. Ball and Michael Chemers, will be performed at SUNY Cortland. Photo: Amazon

CORTLAND, NY – Aristophanes’ Lysistrata will kick off the 2019-20 theatrical season at SUNY Cortland in Upstate New York on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre. The play runs through Sunday, Oct. 6.

The ancient Greek comedy from 411 BC in which women deny sex to their husbands in hopes of ending the Peloponnesian War has been updated for this production and uses a 2009 translation by J.A. Ball and Michael Chemers with “colloquial language and contemporary references,” according to the school’s website.

Director Deena Conley, associate professor in the Performing Arts Department, who chose the translation, said, “It’s about people at war and the power of women both then and now. Society is coming to the realization of the power that both genders possess and should be conscious of. It’s done in such a fun way that it’s not offensive.”

Senior Cait Zuckerman plays the title role and said, “It’s probably the most inappropriate thing that’s been on the Cortland stage,” adding that “the translation is easy to follow and it’s a super good time.

Zuckerman noted the timely and timelessness of the themes of the play, “It’s really cool because we’re still in the peak of the #MeToo movement going on right now and this is the farce Greek version of that. Yes, it’s an old story but it’s what we’re still doing now. It’s war. People are at war for no reason.”

Due to the mature themes, the comedy is recommended for adults only.

Lysistrata will be performed at the Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre October 3, 4, and 5, at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, October 6, at 2 PM.

Tickets are available online: Cortland.edu/boxoffice.