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Goode Theatre Hosts Modern Adaptation of Ancient Greek Comedy

The comedy "Lysistrata" depicts the world's first chronicled sex strike. Written by Ellen McLaughlin, and based on the ancient play by Aristophanes, "Lysistrata" will be performed at Old Dominion University's Goode Theatre under the direction of Chris Hanna.

It's Greece, 411 B.C. The Peloponnesian Wars are dragging on. Treacherous leaders push weary warriors to fight for valor, demanding they "put it in for Athens!" But their angry wives demand peace instead, telling their men, "then don't put it in us!"

That's when the laughs begin. Aristophanes' masterpiece is as funny and outrageous today as it was to classical audiences. Ellen McLaughlin's irreverent new adaptation adds contemporary humor and circus antics (clown balloons go a long way in making penetrating points), proving that great civilizations should never allow their funny bones to go soft.

"Lysistrata" opens on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Goode Theatre, located at 4601 Monarch Way. Other shows will be Oct. 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee Oct. 15 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.ODUArtsTix.com or by contacting the Box Office at 757-683-5305. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free parking is available in Lot D, at 1060 W 45th St.

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