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Classics professor, others join global dissent

A free reading of Aristophanes anti-war classic

2/27/2003 4:43:04 PM


LYNCHBURG, Va.—Assistant Professor of Classics Amy Cohen, along with other members of the Randolph-Macon Woman's College community, will be participating in a worldwide act of theatrical dissent as they take part in the Lysistrata Project on March 3rd at 7:00 PM in the Houston Memorial Chapel on the R-MWC campus. The reading is open to the public, who are also invited to participate.

Conceived six weeks ago by New York actors Kathryn Blume and Sharron Bower, the Lysistrata Project will feature more than 800 readings of Aristophanes' bawdy ancient Greek antiwar comedy Lysistrata in more than 46 countries and all 50 states, all taking place on March 3rd. The project is intended to voice opposition against a pre-emptive war in Iraq.

Written in 410 BC, Aristophanes' play tells the story of a group of women from opposing Greek states who take an oath to deprive their husbands of sex until their men agree to lay down their swords from the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata is widely recognized as one of the greatest anti-war satires written.

For more information on the Lysistrata Project, visit the project's website. For more information about the R-MWC reading, e-mail Amy Cohen, or call her at 434-947-8306.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations