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Kennedy Theatre

Media Release

Department of Theatre and Dance
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1770 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Contact: Kristy Miller, Publicity Director
Phone: (808) 956-2598
Fax: (808) 956-4234
Box Office: (808) 956-7655 (v/t)

September 11, 2002 (9:36pm)


The University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Department of Theatre and Dance presents the sexy political comedy, "Lysistrata". Director Glenn Cannon directs this play about a group of Athenian women and their pledge to abstain from all sexual relations until their husbands agree to a peace accord against the war they are fighting. "Lysistrata" will be performed October 25, 26, 31, November 1 and 2 at 8pm and November 3 at 2 pm.

Set outside of the Acropolis turned into a fraternity house, Kennedy Theatre's "Lysistrata" explores sex and identity, fertility and frivolity in a boisterous, colorful and sensual production. Cannon has created a world where ancient Greek history mixes with the colorful culture of today. This version of "Lysistrata" will mix electronic rock music, dance, martial arts and contemporary dialogue into a hysterical comedy about who really "carries the big stick."

In this precarious time with our nation's leaders pondering whether to go to war or not, this production of "Lysistrata" will give a lively and comic look at the two themes of enduring relevance: war and sex. The title character, played by Amy Matsen who co-starred in last season's production of "Crimes of the Heart," petitions the women of Greece to go on a sexual strike. Lysistrata strongly holds together the composure of characters like the attentive Kalonike (Cindy Beth Davis), the alluring Myrrine (Kristy Miller), and the daring Lampito (Stephanie Kong). The play reveals the hilarious absurdities and incongruities of the human sexual drive using bawdy abandon and a dazzling play of wit. The question is whether the wives or husbands can hold out during this battle of the sexes.

Po'okela honoree Christine Berwin returns to the Kennedy Theatre Mainstage as choreographer for the production. People in town know her from trapeze flying skink in "Eco-Circus," as a local gymnastics instructor and as a performer in the Monkey and the Waterfall's "Still on My Back." She will be choreographing all the seductive catwalk dances for 30 dancers in this performance of "Lysistrata."

Tickets for "Lysistrata" go on sale Monday, October 14 at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office. Tickets may be purchased in person or charged-by-phone at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm. Ticket prices are $12 Regular, $10 Discount for seniors, military, and UH faculty/staff, $8 non-UHM students and $3 for UHM students with validated Fall 2002 photo ID. Tickets are also available at all TicketPlus outlets' phone room (526-4400) or at All TicketPlus sales include applicable service charges. Group rates are available. For more information, charge-by-phone, or disability access, call the Kennedy Theatre Box Office at 956-7655 (v/t).

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Friday, October 25 at 8 pm

Saturday, October 26 at 8 pm

Thursday, October 31at 8 pm

Friday, November 1 8 at pm

Saturday, November 28 at pm

Sunday, November 3 2 at pm

$12 Regular

$10 Discount for Seniors, Military, Faculty and Staff

$8 Special for Non-UH Students

$3 UHM students w/ valid Fall 2000 ID

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