Greek Comedy “Lysistrata” Comes to Ursinus Stage

Lysistrata follows the war weary women of Athens and Sparta as they come up with a radically simple solution to end the Peloponnesian War: participate in a sex strike. Performances are Feb. 22-25.

This comedy, based on the adaptation from Ellen McLaughlin and directed by Meghan Brodie, an assistant professor of theater at Ursinus College, highlights women who work together to achieve their political goals.

Performances are in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center on the Ursinus College campus on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

Ursinus welcomes an all-female group of professional guest designers to work with Brodie on the play, reflecting the core “girl power” message of Lysistrata: Lauren Mills (set design), Shannon Zura (lights and sound) and Millie Hibel (costumes).

“Although Lysistrata was first performed in 411 BCE and women’s political strategies have changed quite a bit over centuries, the play remains a timely story about women striving to make their experiences known and their voices heard,” Brodie says. 

McLaughlin’s adaptation is an accessible, distinctly modern and funny version of Aristophanes’ original work. Brodie says she loves the idea of offering students an opportunity to work on an adaptation of a classical play that highlights the production’s relevancy for a contemporary audience.

The theme of the 2017-18 Ursinus theater season is “Resistance.” Each performance focuses on distinct acts of resistance that have challenged, provoked, or empowered people from different time periods and cultures. 

Lysistrata will mark the final performance for Ursinus senior theater majors Mya Flood ’18, Samantha Hageman ’18, Charlotte Torres ’18 and David Walters ’18. The college’s newest theater scholarship recipient, Bella Ragomo ’21, joins this strong ensemble cast of 13 students to play the title role, Lysistrata. 

Lysistrata also features production team members from a variety of academic majors including theater, psychology, politics, English and mathematics, among others.

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased online at and they will be available for cash only at the box office before the show. For inquiries, please contact or (610) 409-3030.

Ursinus College and the Collegeville Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) are again teaming up for “Dinner and a Show” for this event. Theatergoers can enjoy pre-show dinner specials at local restaurants for a memorable evening out. For more information, visit –By Taylor Manferdini ’13