Sauk Valley Community College’s Theater Department ‘s exploration of Greek drama a takes a step further with its production of the Greek comedy Lysistrata at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1.There will also be a matinee at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 2 in the Mathis Theatre.
One of the most iconic characters in Greek drama, Lysistrata, is both a leader and passionate citizen. She convinces the women of Athens and Sparta to stop having sex with their husbands until they stop fighting the war. The battle of the sexes continues with a finale that can’t be missed. This hilarious battle of the sexes is intended for mature audiences. It contains language and humor of a sexual nature that some may find inappropriate for younger audience members.
Jason Hedrick, Sauk’s director of theatre, explained that the Mathis Theatre is dedicated to the study of theatre and the production of challenging new works.
“Between last fall’s post-apocalyptic production of the Greek tragedy “Medea”, and this production of the comedy Lysistrata, which is designed around the cultural revolution of the mid ‘60’s and early ‘70’s, the Mathis has been exploring new approaches to these ancient texts,” said Hedrick, who directs the show with Assistant Director Nathan Waters, Stage Manager Ethan Waters, and Costumer Nancy Webster. Technical assistance with lighting is provided by Damen Whiles.
Lysistrata is played by Mathis Theatre newcomer Carlye Schweska of Rock Falls. One of the primary local forces she does battle with in the play is the local Magistrate, played by Andrew Kida of Ashton who is a Sauk theater instructor as well as the show’s designer. Rounding out the cast is Rinku Patel, Sterling; Kaitlyn Kielsmeier, Oregon; Tracy Hand, Rock Falls; Patty Bush, Morrison; Loni McKinney, Rock Falls; Corrine Torres, Dixon; James G. Jaeger, Sterling; Matt Orzechowski, Sterling; Aaron Berogan, Dixon; Jorge Chirinos, Sterling; Ismael Celestino, Sterling; Husni Ashiku, Polo; Schuyler Bielema, Dixon, Justin Lilly, Lyndon; Andrew Hey, Dixon; and one of Sauk’s favorite long-time character actors, Shane Bacon of Lost Nation.
Tickets for Lysistrata are $10 per person for adults, $5 for seniors or groups of 10 or more, and $2 for Sauk students. All Sauk students will be admitted at no charge for the Thursday, April 29th show. A post-performance reception will be held Saturday, May 1 after the show with refreshments, desserts for the audience and the cast.
For reservations, call 815/288-5511, ext. 0. Tickets may be picked up before the show on the night you attend. For more information about SVCC’s theatre program or the Mathis Theatre, call ext.366.