The idea for
Lysistrata Project was hatched in January 2003, when New York
actresses Kathryn Blume and Sharron Bower were inspired by the
newly-formed organization, Theaters Against War to DO
something about their feelings regarding the war on Iraq.
While emailing the idea of simultaneous readings of
Lysistrata to theatre artists around the world,
enthusiastic support came back instantly. Thus the Lysistrata
Project took on a life of its own — snowballing into the
first-ever world-wide theatre event for peace. On this
date, over 800 readings are taking place in 49 countries.
provide a terrific entrée into conversation about the state of
our country and our world. KCSC thanks you for joining
us in this crucial conversation by attending this reading.
From the Creators of the
by Greek dramatist Aristophanes (c. 447 - c. 385 b.c.e.),
tells the story of a group of women from opposing states that
unite to end the Peloponnesian War by withholding sex from
provides a humorous entrée into a healthy community dialogue:
What CAN we do on a local level to stop "diplomacy by
violence" in our world?
many countries, women have risen to greater positions of power
since Aristophanes wrote this play. Many of us do have a
voice now. We are free to run for office. We are free to
speak out for humanitarian foreign policy. We are free
to teach our youth about conflict resolution through
compassionate negotiation, rather than violent domination.
And we can do much more. For the sake of women who DON'T
have such freedoms — for example, the very women who will feel
the brutality of Bush's war
a direct way — we must speak out. We must unite.
Kathyrn Blume & Sharron