“Aristophanes’ classic comedy has been reimagined into Lysistrata: A Woman’s Translation by Drue Robinson. The Bonstelle Theatre is excited to kick off their season with this bawdy and hilarious translation, playing October 9 through October 18, 2015. Tickets for Lysistrata: A Woman’s Translation range from $10-$20 and are available by calling the Bonstelle Theatre Box Office at (313) 577-2960, online at Bonstelle.com, or by visiting the Hilberry Theatre box office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock Street.
Lysistrata: A Woman’s Translation is the only modern adaption of Aristophanes’ classic comedy written entirely in rhyme. This lascivious translation revitalizes a timeless classic while offering a message of female empowerment. When the women of Sparta and Greece become fed up with their husbands always being away at war, they decide to take matters into their own hands or, their legs. Led by Lysistrata, the women join forces to unanimously deny their men any carnal release until they stop fighting. Tensions will rise – among other things – but will the women succeed at stopping the war?
Written by, directed by and starring women, the Bonstelle Theatre’s production of Lysistrata: A Woman’s Translation is an uncouth, fast-paced celebration of womanhood. While remaining true to the themes of the original text, Robinson’s refreshing look at a classic brings the exploration of rhythm and feminine wiles to a new level. Director, Amanda GraceEwing, brings these characters to life through a playful and erotic voice.
Lysistrata: A Woman’s Translation contains strong language and sexual references that may not be suitable for all audiences.
The Bonstelle Theatre
The Bonstelle Theatre is a Broadway-style house with a 1,034-seat auditorium featuring a balcony and much of the original Beaux-Arts architecture. The Theatre was built as Temple Beth-El in 1902 and converted to the Bonstelle Playhouse in 1922.
The Bonstelle Theatre Company includes BA and BFA actors, designers, and stage managers in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University. Here, future stars of theatre, film, and television follow in the footsteps of successful alumni like Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning S. Epatha Merkerson (NBC’s Law and Order, Lackawanna Blues), David Ramset (CW’s Arrow, NBC’ Blue Bloods), Lily Tomlin (9 to 5, Grace and Frankie, ABC’s Desperate Housewives), and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, NBC’s Heroes). For box office hours and information on performances, tickets, group discounts, and corporate packages, please call the box office at 313-577-2960 or visit the theatre’s website at http://www.bonstelle.com.
Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to over 26,000 students.
Alexis Barrera, Hartland (Myrrhine); Hannah Butcher, Taylor (Lysistrata); Veronica Estigoy, Livonia (Ismenia/Phoebe); Jordan Allen Fritz, Detroit (Magistrate); Shannon Grant, Livonia (Old Woman); Bonnie Holmes, St. Clair Shores (Lampito/Alexis); Jada Johnson, Gwinnett, GA (Old Woman); Kayla LeFebrve, Roseville (Old Woman); Caitlyn Macuga Westland (Theola/Herald/Spartan Delegation); Monica Mingo, Farmington Hills (Calonice); Bailey Morin Grosse Ile (Old Man); Jared Morin Warren (Old Man); Maria Ochoa, Clawson (Old Woman); Patrick Roache, Detroit (Men’s Leader); Kristian Shauntee Detroit (Athenian Delegation); Rachel Smith, Detroit (Women’s Leader); Nicole Sparks Detroit (Policewoman); Paige Stefanski, Warren (Old Woman); Kevin Talanges, Dearborn (Woman from Corinth/Reconciliation); Graham Todd, Shelby Township (Old Man); Nigel Tutt, Detroit (Herald/Spartan Delegation); Michael Vultaggio, Centerline (Old Man); Allen Wiseman, Roseville (Athenian Delegation/Cinesias).
Amanda Grace Ewing (Director); Delaney O’Brien (Stage Manager);
McKenna Voss (Asst. Stage Manager); Michael Sabourin (Scenic Design);
Sammi Geppert (Costume Designer); Thomas Schrader (Lighting Design);
Brian Dambacher (Technical Director); Peter Lawrence (Sound Designer);
April Thomson (Properties Master); Jason Goldman (Publicist).”