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Lone Brick Theatre Company Presents Aristophanes' “Lysistrata”

Widener students perform the Greek comedy "Lysistrata."

Widener University’s Lone Brick Theatre Company presents Aristophanes' “Lysistrata” on November 7, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. in Widener’s Alumni Auditorium. The November 7 performance is "Pay What You Can" Night. For the other performances, general admission is $10; admission for Widener faculty/staff/alumni is $5; and Widener students pay $3. Tickets for all performances will be available at the door.

A classic Greek comedy, “Lysistrata” is immersed in the tradition of burlesque cabaret, interspersing Dudley Fitts's translation of the text with dance numbers set to music with an electro-swing and swamp jazz lilt. Theatrical traditions collide, fusing glitzy sound and spectacle with Aristophanes’ ribald battle of the sexes.

Robert Reutter, company director and senior lecturer of English at Widener University, is excited for this production. “The idea of combining ancient Greek comedy with 1930s style burlesque immediately appealed to me,” he said. “Both explore the complexity of sexual politics in a fun and flirty way that, when combined, make a unique show that we hope is unlike anything that has yet been staged at Widener.”

“Lysistrata” features Widener University junior Bridgette Saverine as Lysistrata. Joining her on stage are Lone Brick veterans Luis Aguilar, Jared Bernatowicz, Autumn Heisler, Carolyn Lodge, Kirk Reichart, Erika Sprague, Kimberly Vogel and Elizabeth Yenser.  Rounding out the cast are Lone Brick newcomers Taylor Blum, Casey Croson, McKailey Gordon, Sascha Gruden, Sara Hufnagle, Mikeya Jones, Jay Kanaparthi, Nathan Mirando, Josh Mulzoff, Tyler Palma, Maria Robb, Joshua Schneider and Erik Smeltz.

Lone Brick Theatre is Widener University’s resident theatre company dedicated to producing non-traditional theatre through innovative scripts, staging, directing and performances. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/lonebricktheatreco.

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