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What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 8, 2014: See Reduxion Theatre's production of "Lysistrata" in Automobile Alley (with video)

by Brandy McDonnell Published: August 8, 2014

The cast of Reduxion Theatre Company’s “Lysistrata” includes, from left, Denise Hughes as Lampito; Mariah Webb, Myrrhina; Erin Woods, Lysistrata; Tori Goss, chorus; Jessa Schinske, Kalonike; and Lydia McBee Reed, chorus. Photo provided
The cast of Reduxion Theatre Company’s “Lysistrata” includes, from left, Denise Hughes as Lampito; Mariah Webb, Myrrhina; Erin Woods, Lysistrata; Tori Goss, chorus; Jessa Schinske, Kalonike; and Lydia McBee Reed, chorus. Photo provided

Today’s featured event:

See Reduxtion Theatre’s production of the ancient Greek farce “Lysistrata” at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, Aug. 15-16, 22-23, 28-30 and 2 p.m. Aug. 17 and 24 at Reduxion’s Broadway Theater, 914 N Broadway Ave., Suite 120, in historic Automobile Alley. The company will be working from a Ranjit Bolt’s translation of Aristophanes’ comedy that dates to 411 B.C.

“It’s about the women of Greece becoming fed up with the war – the Peloponnesian War – and going on a sex strike until the men stop fighting each other. This is a very modern thing. In fact, just this year, there were two or three different sex strikes that got in the news: Colombia, Japan, one in the Ukraine,” said Artistic Director Tyler Woods, who is directing the show.

“When Crimea was invaded, the women actually said ‘no sex for Russians’ … and they called it the Russian women’s ‘Lysistrata’ moment. So, it is entirely relevant and actually happening today. Life imitates art, which is fascinating.”

Reduxion recently received a $3,000 Allied Arts power2give grant for the play’s costumes, which will begin in ancient Greek style but gradually evolve to modern garb.

“It’s just a lot of what I love about classic theater, even a new translation of this classic. There’s a bawdiness, there’s an experimentation to it, and there’s a sense of something far more universal than one time, one place,” said Managing Director Erin Woods, who is playing the title role in the production.

To read my preview of Reduxion’s 2014-15 season, which opens tonight with “Lysistrata,” click here.

For tickets and information, go to www.reduxiontheatre.com.

For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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