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Contact:
Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
August 29, 2005

Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Announces The Production of "Lysistrata"

PITTSBUGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama will perform Aristophanes' "Lysistrata," the classic Greek "make love, not war" comedy, October 6 -15, 2005, in the Philip Chosky Theatre in the Purnell Center for the Arts located on Carnegie Mellon's campus.

For tickets call the School of Drama box office at 412-268-2407. The box office is open Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m., or purchase online at www.cmu.edu/cfa/drama.

Elizabeth Bradley, head of the School of Drama, commented that the play is compelling because, "The notion that women, appalled by the cost of war, would rise together in protest to thwart aggression is an enormously empowering and compelling theme for young theatre artists to explore in our contemporary world. Disenfranchised by their gender in their society, the success of their protest shows us that outsider voices can effect great change. But in addition, we must recall that Aristophanes wrote a comedy, and the ingenious schemes and stratagems of ancient Greece remain captivating for today's audiences."

A favorite of antiwar activists throughout world history, this play is one of Aristophanes' greatest surviving works. Lysistrata and her female comrades take control of the Athenian Acropolis, outraged by the ongoing war between the men of Athens and Sparta. Led by Lysistratra, the women of Athens and the women from Sparta join forces to declare a nationwide moratorium on all sexual congress until the men end the war.

The School of Drama's production will be directed by directing faculty member Jed Allen Harris. A former associate artistic director at City Theatre, Harris also served as artistic director at Theatre Express. His productions of Samuel Becket's "Endgame" at Theatre Express and David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" at City Theatre were listed as two of the top 10 productions of the decade by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

The School of Drama is one of the nation's most distinguished degree-granting conservatory theatre programs and is one of five schools within Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For additional information about the upcoming season and season or single ticket purchases please contact the School of Drama box office at 412-268-2407, Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. For more information on the School of Drama or the College of Fine Arts contact Eric Sloss at 412-268- 5765, or by email at ecs@andrew.cmu.edu or visit www.cmu.edu/cfa.

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