Lysistrata

A CLASSIC THEATRE PRESENTS CLASSIC GREEK COMEDY

Hold on to your hats St. Augustine…the Greeks are coming!

If you thought The Classics are dry as dust and boring…you are about to change your mind!  A Classic Theatre is bringing to life “Lysistrata,” a comedy written by Aristophanes over 2,000 years ago.  And it is as current as today’s news!

 

The play is a bawdy comedy celebrating the power of women and a condemnation of war.  These women use the only means they had to stop their men fighting…withholding sex!  Lysistrata is the heroine who convinces women from Athens and neighboring Sparta to join forces … thus creating what can be called the very first women’s movement!  Life being what it is, the play shines a light on the comedy of politics, power, lust and greed.  Sound familiar?

 

Many versions of “Lysistrata” have been written over the years, but this version has connections to St. Augustine! Constantine Santas, Professor Emeritis of Flagler College and author, has edited this version, which was translated from the Greek by his aunt, Valentina Santas. ACT is proud to bring this version to life for three performances during the Romanza Festivale of the Arts in May.

 

The production will be directed by Harolyn Sharpe, a seasoned and talented director/actress who has an eye for the comedic ironies expressed by Aristophanes.

Local audiences enjoyed Ms. Sharpe onstage in ACT’s production of “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” 

 

“Lysistrata” will be at the Gamache-Koger Theater in the Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla Street on Friday and Saturday, May 11 & 12 at 7:30 and Sunday, May 13 at 2pm.

Tickets are $20 and are available at www.aclassictheatre.org

For reservations call Jan at 904-501-5093 (cash or check only at the door).

MEET THE LYSISTRATA CAST 

 

The production will be presented in the style of a Staged Reading by the talented director/actress, Harolyn Sharpe. 

 

The cast of 13 is divided into two camps of outraged and outrageous citizens of Athens and of Sparta. The actresses include: Meredith Wolfe as Lysistrata, the powerful and beautiful Athenian leader of the sexual revolt; and Julie Grayauskie, Teresa Harris, Evelyn Lynam, Katie Timoney, Murrell Weissinger and Kathryn Masters.  The men of Athens and Sparta are portrayed by Jon Beshara, Jim Cadigan, John Grayauskie, Jon Sabino, Bill White, and Jim Wells.

 

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Meredith Wolfe & Teresa Harris

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Teresa Harris, Murrell Weissinger & Kathryn Masters

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Meredith Wolfe as Lysistrata

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Constantine Santas

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Cast creating a moment in the staged reading of Lysistrata

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Jon Beshara

Meet the Director...Harolyn Sharpe

Harolyn has been meshing education and drama for 35 years. With degrees in theater and experience in acting, directing and teaching, she has taught students from elementary school to the college level.

 

This is her 10th year as a full time faculty member at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Kent Campus, teaching speech and communication. She has created and directed three Readers Theatre productions for FSCJ, Teacher Man, The American Dream (which was also presented at the Cummer Museum), and The Little Prince.

 

Harolyn is honored to be a part of the TEDx Jacksonville team and contributes to its work of “spreading new ideas” by coaching speakers. She has been a presenter for four of Ian Mair’s Swamp Radio programs.

 

Harolyn has performed for professional and community theaters, and directed 18 productions for adults and children in community theaters in KY, IN, and FL.  In Northeast FL she has performed at ABET (Love Letters and The Importance of Being Earnest), A Classic Theatre (Love, Loss and What I Wore), and Theatre Jacksonville (Romeo and Juliet; Merry Wives of Windsor; Enchanted April; The Importance of Being Earnest; Lost in Yonkers (Best Acting Award); Is He Dead; Sylvia; and The Learning Curve).

 

Directing credits in Northeast FL include Pippin for Theatre Jacksonville and Madam Bonaparte (a New Voices production) for Players by the Sea.

Intimate Apparel
by Lynn Nottage
Feb. 16-25, 2018

Winner of the 2004 New York Drama Critics’ Circle and the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Directed by Patric Robinson

 

An exquisite, emotional story of longing, love, and betrayal… a timeless story of woman’s strength and courage.

 

1905…New York City. An illiterate black seamstress lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for women of all backgrounds. Lonely and longing for a husband and a future, she has saved a good amount of money for her future. 

 

A written correspondence begins between the lonely seamstress and a lonely man working on the Panama Canal. But at the same time, a strong attraction exists for the Jewish man who sells her the fabric she uses in her sewing.  What to do?  What CAN be done?

Performances Fri and Sat, Feb. 16, 17 and 23, 24 at 7:30pm

Sundays Feb 18 and 25 at 2:00pm

Venue: Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez,

259 San Marco Ave., Uptown St. Augustine

Ticket: $20

Available online:  http://www.aclassictheatre.org/tickets

Reservations: 904-501-5093

(Cash or check only at door)

Meet each of the cast members by clicking the arrows that appear as you hover over their photos.

In the coming weeks, learn more about them as we feature each of the cast members "In Their Own Words" on our Facebook page.

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