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November 13, 2013
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Ancient Greek comedy gets a modern twist

Bowie State University students performing the ancient Greek anti-war comedy, Lysistrata, will take a fresh approach to a timeless classic and brings the production from the fifth century B.C. into the modern era. The play opens Thursday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. in the Fine and Performing Arts Center’s BlackBox Theatre.

Acclaimed playwright Ellen McLaughin’s adaptation of Lysistrata tells the story of an Athenian woman’s quest to end the Peloponnesian War against Sparta by organizing the wives to go on strike against their husbands. The fast-paced comedy offers a satirical glimpse into gender politics and the business of war. The production is not suitable for children under 13.

Tickets are $5 for BSU faculty, staff, students and senior citizens and $10 general admission. The box office opens one hour before performances. Call 301-860-3717 for more ticket information. View the full production schedule.

Lysistrata is also entered into the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. Two officials, who are faculty from institutions, will attend a production of Lysistrata to determine whether it should advance to a regional festival held in Pennsylvania in January 2014. The representatives will also recommend two student actors and two alternates to attend the regional festival to compete for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship, a program providing recognition and financial assistance to outstanding student performers.

Bowie State last entered the American College Theatre Festival in 2008 with the production of Athol Fugard's Sizwe Bansi is Dead, which was invited to compete in the regional festival.

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