See ‘Lysistrata’ at Stover

Stetson University continues its 106th season with the classic Greek comedy Lysistrata, written by Aristophanes, Feb. 23 through 26, at Stover Theatre, located at 535 N. Florida Ave., on the DeLand campus.

This bawdy comedy takes audiences on a hilarious journey as they watch a group of strong-willed wives stand up against their husbands in a creative way. Lysistrata is directed by Dr. Julie Schmitt, associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts.

Lysistrata will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23, 24 and 25, with the final performance as a matinee at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.

In this classic Greek comedy, Lysistrata tries to rally women together in her protest against men and their obsession with war. In order to do this, she proposes that all of the women withhold the one thing that men enjoy more than fighting: sex! It is the ultimate battle of the sexes as we watch to see which group will give in first!

“My students and I have always loved discussing this play in class, and we thought it would be great fun to try and stage it,” said Schmitt. “We found a great modern translation, and we decided to update the setting and time period as well,” she explained. “Rather than staging it in ancient Greece, we’ve placed our production in the American Frontier, when America’s drive to settle more and more territory led to numerous altercations with several nations including Mexico and several tribes of Native Americans. The themes of the original play and this time period are quite consistent and we’ve really enjoyed transferring these characters to the Old West.”

The ensemble cast of Lysistrata includes Nicole Hindle, Katie Jared, Suzanne Reffel, Roxy Ghamgosarnia, Corley Groves, Ellen Smittle, Elise Holt, Amanda Roy, Danielle Gervais, Brenna Burgess, Sarah Taylor, Caitlyn Foster, Rachel Markunas, Olivia Moeschet, Caron Davis, Brianna Lancaster, Lindsey Guenther, Lindsay Marsh, Marcia Myers, Juliette Wheeler, Bob Langdon, Nick Pollitt, Kaleb Knoblauch, Zach Tatak, Thomas Ecker, Drew Neitzey, Kyle Lough, Jarrod Beck, Jorge Lanza, Orion Meades, Dillon Moore, Davon Porter and Jean Miguel Fils-Aime.

Admission for each performance is $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and non-Stetson students. Stetson students, faculty, and staff presenting valid I.D. will be admitted free of charge. Parking at Stover Theatre is free. Tickets will be available at the door, and can be purchased by either cash or check. For information or reservations, call the Stover Theatre box office at (386) 822-8700. Reserved tickets must be picked up 30 minutes prior to the start of each show. For more information, contact Schmitt at (386) 822-7525, [email protected].

Please Note: This production contains adult subject matter and is not appropriate for children or adults offended by strong language and sexual content.