Outline and discuss how a modern production of Lysistrata might be relevant to today’s audience. What contemporary issues might connect this ancient Greek comedy to you or me? Include a short discussion of why the issues in Lysistrata are better heard through comedy.
Although Aristophanes’ Lysistrata was not intended as a feminist play, it was intended as an anti-war play. The main situation is one in which the disempowered women, who as wives and mothers, objected to the war, used the power of withholding sexual favours as a way to make the male politicians stop the fighting. Although this situation doesn’t have an immediate parallel in the contemporary United States, with our gender equality, it could be staged in a contemporary middle eastern setting, in which there are many women in positions similar to the ones they had in ancient Greece, and many conflicts, internal and external, being pursued by male leaders without necessarily the approval of the women citizens.