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COC presents Greek comedy 'Lysistrata'

Posted: May 7, 2011 1:34 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2011 1:34 p.m.

The College of the Canyons theatre department will present Greek playwright Aristophanes' bawdy, politically inspired comedy "Lysistrata," on the main stage of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC), May 19-22.

Glorifying the power of fertility in the face of destruction, "Lysistrata" - which is loosely translated to mean "she who disbands armies" - is set in Athena during the 20th year of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta.

The play follows a group of angry, fed up Athenian women who barricade themselves in the Acropolis and go on a sex strike in hopes of forcing their husbands into a peace treaty with warring Sparta.

The production features a cast of 25 students and community members, and has been translated into a more modern version of Aristophanes' classic work by playwright Carolyn Balducci.

"The director of the production, Randee Trabitz, and the scene and lighting designer, Brodie Steele, have come up with a very entertaining ‘Looney Tunes-like' concept for this production, which will be great fun for actors and audiences alike," said Paul Wickline, chair of the college's theatre department.

"Lysistrata" will open Thursday, May 19, and run through Sunday, May 22, on the PAC main stage. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. May 19-21, and 2 p.m., Sunday, May 22. General admission tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for COC students and senior citizens.

This production contains mature subject matter and language. Parental discretion is advised for children under 13.

For more information about the college's production of "Lysistrata" or to purchase tickets please contact the PAC Box Office at (661) 362-5304 or visit


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