What’s the 411…B.C.?


Γεια σας αναγνώστες!

^ Wondering what that says? It says “hello readers” in Greek! Thanks for always checking on our blogs. I know this is the first post in a while and I wanted to say thanks for hanging with us. Now on with the show! Speaking of show we have a very exciting musical going on right now. I had the pleasure of watching the show last night and let me tell you, Lysistrata Jones, is by far one of the best shows we have done here! And I’m not just saying that. If you have not read the reviews yet, you probably should! We received a 4 out of 4 stars from the Detroit Free Press. It is such a great story and everyone needs to see this show! The talent is top notch!

For those of you who don’t know, our show, Lysistrata Jones is  based on a play from 411 BC by Aristophanes. Here is a little history on Aristophanes.

“Little is known about the life of Aristophanes, and most of the known facts are derived from references in his own plays. Born c. 450 bc, he was an Athenian citizen belonging to the deme, or clan, named Pandionis, but his actual birthplace is uncertain. (The fact that he or his father, Philippus, owned property on the island of Aegina may have been the cause of an accusation by his fellow citizens that he was not of Athenian birth.) He began his dramatic career in 427 bc with a play, the Daitaleis (The Banqueters), which appears, from surviving fragments, to have been a satire on his contemporaries’ educational and moral theories. He is thought to have written about 40 plays in all. A large part of his work is concerned with the social, literary, and philosophical life of Athens itself and with themes provoked by the great Peloponnesian War (431–404 bc). This war was essentially a conflict between imperialist Athens and conservative Sparta and so was long the dominant issue in Athenian politics. Aristophanes was naturally an opponent of the more or less bellicose statesmen who controlled the government of Athens throughout the better part of his maturity. Aristophanes lived to see the revival of Athens after its defeat by Sparta. He died in about 388 bc.”*

There you have it! Aristophanes was considered one of, if not thee, greatest comedic playwright of his time. I had the pleasure of performing in Aristophanes’ original play Lysistrata in college. Man it was a fun show! Here is a little history on the original play.

“Lysistrata was written not long after the catastrophic defeat of the Athenian expedition to Sicily (413 bc) and not long before the revolt of the Four Hundred in Athens, whereby an oligarchic regime ready to make peace with Sparta was set up (411 bc). Lysistrata (411 bc; Greek Lysistratē) depicts the seizure of the Acropolis and of the treasury of Athens by the city’s women who, at Lysistrata’s instigation, have, together with all the women of Greece, declared a sex strike until such time as the men will make peace. The women defy their menfolk until the peace is arranged, after which both the Athenian and Spartan wives are reunited with their husbands. The play is a strange mixture of humour, indecency, gravity, and farce.”**

Lysistrata Jones at Meadow Brook theatre will not disappoint. This show will leave you tapping your feet and singing out loud when you walk out those doors. Here is a couple excerpts from our review in the Free Press.

“…this underachieving 2011 musical reboot of Aristophanes’ 2,400-year-old comedy “Lysistrata” arrives in a Broadway-caliber production that has its tongue planted firmly in cheek and its heart in the right place.”John Monaghan Detroit Free Press
“It turns the trick so well that even the most prudish of theatergoers will likely walk out wearing a smile.” – John Monaghan Detroit Free Press

So with that being said…get your tickets now before they’re gone! Call the box office today at 248.377.3300 or go to ticketmaster.com. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Stay tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert©

*http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/34467/Aristophanes
**http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/34467/Aristophanes/30189/Peace

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