LYSISTRATA – by Aristophanes
Adapted by: Ellen McLaughlin
Directed by: Brian Evans (School of Theater Faculty)
Choreographed by: Travis Gatling (School of Dance Faculty)
This adapted version of Lysistrata, by Ellen McLaughlin was part of an international protest against the burgeoning war in Iraq called the Lysistrata project. The script carries a powerful message about the subject matter of the gender status between the male and female characters. I think the script is well written and enjoyable to perform, also positively presenting the triumph of the female gender. I play the role of the Magistrate (Head man in Athens, Greece) who tries to win over the acropolis from the women, but eventually gives up and falls to the idea of "Make Love Not War". Playing this role has been an interesting learning experience because not only do I feel that my character is fairly represented in the script and performance, but also the rehearsal process gave me a chance to explore the truth of my character and finding ways to express his emotions through the rehearsal and with the help of Brian Evans. During the course of Tech rehearsals, seeing the work that was completed by the crew was very impressive. The entire tech process was in fact fast paced and there were no major incidents that occurred as far as I'm concerned. A part of the production is live music, which creates a good dynamic to the performance of the show. I personally appreciated the collaboration between The School of Theater and The School of Dance. I believe This
production of Lysistrata has created a good relationship between Dance and Theater which can only mean good for the future productions. Brian Evans (SOT Faculty) and Travis Gatling (SOD Faculty) worked closely during the creative process of the production and created an environment for the actors and dancers to develop their best work, I am grateful to be cast in the role of the Magistrate and working with talented artists of Ohio University. This experience has given a chance to carry on growing as an actor and to better my craft.