Sunday, November 22, 2009
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:           NOVEMBER 4, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, CHERIE BROWN (626) 914-8840

 

 

Citrus College Theatre Arts Department to Perform Classic, Yet Timely Greek Comedy

by Stacy Armstrong

 

When the Greek Comedy Lysistrata first debuted in Athens in 411 B.C., its relevancy was hard to ignore.  After all, the Peloponnesian War had been raging for twenty years and the empire was in turmoil.

 

Thousands of years later, the lessons learned in Aristophanes’ masterpiece are still applicable.  This is one of the reasons the Citrus College Theatre Arts Department has chosen to perform it as their fall production.

 

“The story revolves around one lady’s mission to end the war by convincing the women to withhold their ‘favors’ from the men until they decide to make peace,” said Cherie Brown, Citrus College theatre arts instructor and the play’s director/producer.    “This play uses comedy to convey the message that war is divisive.  It has been performed all over the world for many, many years and is still very timely in its universal appeal.”

 

 The show opens Friday, November 13 at 8 p.m. in the Citrus College Little Theatre.  Additional performances are scheduled for November 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and November 22 at 2 p.m.  The subject matter is for mature audiences only.

 

Lysistrata incorporates acting, movement, and dance and is presented in a broad non-realistic style,” Brown said.  “I encourage people to come and see the 28 student actors embracing their craft and to cheer their fearlessness.  They are all working very hard and are dedicated to giving quality performances.”

 

According to Brown, the performances are not just meant for entertainment.  In fact, they serve a grander purpose. 

 

“The education received through Theatre Arts is not just about performing a role,” she said.  “Its teachings also include the need for commitment, dedication and personal responsibility.  These are all qualities that will make a student successful, no matter what area of interest they ultimately pursue.”

 

At the same time, Brown says the audience is guaranteed to be entertained.

 

“People need to laugh and see something outrageous and fun during these tough times,” Brown said.  Lysistrata definitely provides a good time.”

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (626) 963-9411 or visit www.haughpac.com.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:           NOVEMBER 4, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, CHERIE BROWN (626) 914-8840