Lysistrata Q&A

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In this Performing Arts Q&A , I speak with Erin Woods, Managing Director of Reduxion Theatre Company in Oklahoma City about their play, Lysistrata.

What five words would you use to describe Lysistrata?
Sexy. Hilarious. Political. Musical. Relevant.

Now, using more than five words, what’s it about?
Aristophanes farce is a fictional story of a woman who persuades the women of Greece to enforce a sex strike to end a long-raging civil war. It was written in 411 BC, yet the issues of equality, of sexual politics still ring true today. The script we are performing is an adaptation/translation by playwright Ranjit Bolt from 2005. The language is contemporary, but in a classical structure.

Do you think the tactics of these women would work today?
The tactics of these women not only work today, that are being implemented all over the world by women’s groups seeking to bring attention to specific causes and issues. On the walls of Reduxion Theatre hang news stories of international sex strikes and similar style protests from 2014. Yes. Everything about this play is relevant.

What are some unique aspects for your version of Lysistrata?
[pullquote-right]”We have 10 original pieces of music in the show.”[/pullquote-right]The music: we have 10 original pieces of music in the show by local composer/musician Kyle Gossett. This is a never before seen musical.

What was the biggest challenge with this production?
Balancing the relevant political issues with the broad comedy in the show. The show is hilarious, but we wanted to make sure the show wasn’t just a 90-minute dick joke.

What scenes or moments do you and the actors enjoy?
The actors love the comedic and not so comedic combat choreography of Matthew Ellis and the dance and movement moments choreographed by Sarah Henry.

Why should one see it?
It’s fantastic! It’s musical, it’s funny, it’s relevant, it’s bawdy, it’s nakedy

Why would anyone not want to see it?
Its not a family show. This show is rated R for language, nudity, and hilarious sexual situations. Leave the kids at home.

Anything else you want people to know?
Reduxiontheatre.com for tix

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Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at DennisSpielman.com

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