Anti-war reading of 'Lysistrata' Monday

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2003

JUNEAU - Juneau actors will read the Greek play, "Aristophanes' Lysistrata: A Woman's Translation," at 8 p.m. Monday, March 3, at the Gold Town Nickelodeon. The reading will be part of the worldwide Lysistrata Project in which 679 communities across the country and the world will stage readings in opposition to a U.S.-led war with Iraq.

"Lysistrata" tells the story of women from opposing states who unite to end a war by refusing to have sex with their husbands until the men put down their swords. Reading actors in the United States include Kevin Bacon, Mary McDonnell and Julie Christie. Many groups, from college students in Texas to women's book groups in the Midwest to patients in a cancer treatment ward in California, also will participate.

The project was conceived by New York actors Kathryn Blume and Sharron Bower.

"Before we started Lysistrata Project we could do nothing but sit and watch in horror as the Bush administration drove us toward a unilateral attack on Iraq," Blume said.

A $5 recommended donation will go to the anti-war group Juneau People for Peace and Justice. For more information on the project visit For details about the Juneau reading, call 789-2096.

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