Lysistrata

(411)
Λυσιστράτη
PLAYWRIGHT Aristophanes
TRANSLATORS Dimitris Dimitriadis
DESCRIPTION
Lysistrata meaning "Army Disbander" is a comedy by Aristophanes. Originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BCE, it is a comic account of a woman's extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War by denying all the men of the land any sex, which was the only thing they truly and deeply desired. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace—a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes. The play is notable for being an early exposé of sexual relations in a male-dominated society. Additionally, its dramatic structure represents a shift from the conventions of Old Comedy, a trend typical of the author's career. It was produced in the same year as the Thesmophoriazusae, another play with a focus on gender-based issues, just two years after Athens' catastrophic defeat in the Sicilian Expedition. At this time, Greek theatre was a profound form of entertainment, which was extremely popular for all audiences as it addressed political issues relevant to that time.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 135 min

TRANSLATIONS

Λυσιστράτη / Dimitris Dimitriadis / 2016 / Greek
Robert Bolt / English

PRODUCTIONS

GENERAL INFO

Original play language: Greek
Original play year: -411

CHARACTERS:

Lysistrata
Calonice
Myrrhine
Lampito
Magistrate
Cinesias
Baby
Spartan Herald
Spartan Ambassador
Athenian Negotiator
Two Layabouts
Doorkeeper
Two Diners
Stratyllis