Lysistrata Project, "a theatrical act of dissent", claims to be "The First-Ever World-Wide Theatre Event For Peace". On March 3rd, they hope to put on productions or readings of Aristophanes' pacifist play Lysistrata around the world, to help discourage what they call "the Bush Administration's rush to war on Iraq".
Of course, the war may be over by then, but I see a larger objection. Everyone knows the basic plot of the Lysistrata: the women of Athens and Sparta get together and arrange a sex-strike to force their warrior-husbands to the bargaining table and end the Peloponnesian War. The Lysistrata Project suggests no such action (or rather lack of action). Is that because they don't care enough about peace to give up sex even temporarily? Or are none of these thousands of peace activists sleeping with soldiers or sailors to start with? Either possibility seems a bit pathetic, and I don't mean the good, theatrical, kind of pathos.Posted by Dr. Weevil at February 16, 2003 01:19 AM