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UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre to present 'Lysistrata'

September 20, 2012

Traci Gaydos, marketing director, Strayer-Wood Theatre, 319-273-6387,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Strayer-Wood Theatre will present "Lysistrata" by Ellen McLaughlin, at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4 to 6 and Oct. 11 to 13, and at 2 p.m., Oct. 7 and 14, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

"Lysistrata" is a fast-paced comedy inspired by the Aristophanes play. The story follows Lysistrata, an Athenian housewife, who calls for the women of Greece to help end the Peloponnesian War. She proposes a radical plan: all Greek women must refuse to engage in lovemaking until the men see reason, lay down their arms, and come home to lay down with their wives in peace. The women agree to make the sacrifice and pandemonium ensues as men wander the country in an agony of unsatisfied lust. Will Lysistrata and her crew accomplish what the politicians could not?

"Lysistrata" is the first offering of the Strayer-Wood Theatre's 2012-2013 season, "Renewal: Uplifting the Spirit." The production is directed by Cynthia Goatley, professor of theatre. Costumes are designed by Jenna Graupmann, senior theatre design and production major; scenery is designed by Leonard M. Curtis, associate professor of design and production. Lighting is designed by Eric R. Lange, department head and associate professor of design and production; hair and make-up is designed by Jessica Williams, senior theatre arts major. The stage manager is Matt Vichlach, senior theatre design and production major.

Tickets are $16 for adults and free for UNI students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office will also be open one hour before curtain time.

For more information, contact Traci Gaydos, marketing director at the Strayer-Wood theatre, at 319-273-6387 or or call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit