Van Vorst Park, Jersey City, NJ
July 30, 2004
An audience view of the opening scene from Lysistrata.
Myrrhine (Jean Arlea, left), Lysistrata (Andrea Biggs) and Kleonike (Laura Malone) discuss the "silly" idea of the women of Athens trying to do something to stop the fighting between their city and Sparta.
The Spartan contingent arrives to hear Lysistrata's plan.
The group is appalled to hear about the secret ingredient in Lysistrata's peace plan, abstaining from sex.
Lysistrata is able to convince her group to stay the course and they seal their pact with a sacrifice.
The men of Athens (Jon Ciccarelli, center and Jason Bonthron, right), lead on by the Commissioner of Public Safety (Matt Woods) arrive to take back the acropolis and pray to Athena for victory over the women.
The men attempt to start the first of many unsuccessful fires to smoke the women out.
The smoke raises the alarm and the female chorus rush out to see what is the matter.
The female chorus (Hannah Wolfe, Chance Parker and Doriane Swain) stave off the men with a little bath from their water pitchers.
Soaked, the men are ready to storm the acropolis.
However, they are met, by General Lysistrata who is ready to fight to defend her position.
Lysistrata sends her troops into the fray.
The Commissioner take the brunt of the attacks.
Satisfied with her first successful fight, Lysistrata must deal with her next big battle, her horny sisters. Above, Kleonike (Laura Malone) eyes an approaching man, Myrrhine's husband Kinesias as he tries to come claim his wife.
An inflamed Kinesias (Jonathan Brown) uses his small child to get his wife's attention.
After unsuccessfully trying to lure his wife out, Kinesias and his fellow Athenians are met by the female chorus who tease the men some more.
With physical attention and the promise of food.
At their wits end, the men call Lysistrata to make the peace.
Lysistrata addresses the Athenians and Spartans contentions and brokers a compromise.
The two sides seal their peace with dancing and feasts.
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