Quill Theatre announces auditions for Lysistrata, a comedy by Aristophanes, adapted by Ian Johnston to be performed at the Gottwald Theatre, September 22 – October 14, 2017.

Rehearsals to begin on August 6, 2017.

Director James Ricks is seeking an energetic cast of all ages and ethnicities who are not only adept at comedy but can also sing and dance.

SYNOPSIS:

Greece 411 B.C. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a way to force the men to negotiate peace—a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes.

CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES: (All roles are open and paid)

LYSISTRATA – (W 25-40) Leader of plot. Her strength and assertiveness helps her gain respect among the men.

CALONICE – (W 25-35) Lysistrata’s neighbor and ally. She embraces her feminine side and is delighted that Lysistrata’s scheme for peace involves garments like negligees!

MYRRHINE – (W 25-40) Second-in- command. Able to seduce her husband, Kinesias, but she refuses sex with him just at the last minute.

LAMPITO – (W 25-40) Representative of Spartan women.  A warrior, in attitude and build.

STRATYLLIS – (W 55-60) As tough-minded as Lysistrata. Manages the takeover of the Acropolis and gets into physical scraps with the men. Needs to be able to handle fisticuffs.

PEACE – (W 25-30)  Lysistrata’s handmaid, she is the beauty of woman. Requires nudity.

KINESIAS – (M 25 -40) A soldier and is the needy, desperate clown that Myrrhine calls her husband.

MAGISTRATE – (M 55-65) Fussy and officious, an older gentleman who can’t figure out why his soldiers keep losing battles with these uppity female protesters.

SPARTAN AMBASSADOR – (M 45-50) a desperately horny gentleman who limps to Athens to sue for peace

CHORUS –multiple roles

First round auditions will be held on Tuesday, June 20 at 7:00 pm at Centenary United Methodist Church (see address and instructions below). Please bring a headshot and resume. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a 1 minute memorized monologue and 16 bars of a song of your choice to be sung acapella. Callbacks will be held Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00 pm at Centenary.

First round auditions by appointment only. To schedule an audition slot, please email Melissa@QuillTheatre.org. No phone calls please.

Centenary Church is located in downtown Richmond between Grace and Franklin Streets. Please come to the BACK of the building (DO NOT ENTER THE FRONT DOORS). Park in the PUBLIC parking lot at the corner of 4th and Franklin. Go through the alley to the back of the church. Look for signs to direct you to the correct door to enter the building.