Lysistrata: A Woman's Translation

Lysistrata: A Woman's Translation
by Drue Robinson

Productions (33)
  • Comedy
  • 75 - 120 minutes
  • 14 f, 14 m (20-40 actors possible: 10-20 f, 10-20 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and situations
  • Set: Flexible.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-254-3

Lysistrata: A Woman's Translation
by Drue Robinson

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Productions (33)
  • Comedy
  • 75 - 120 minutes
  • 14 f, 14 m (20-40 actors possible: 10-20 f, 10-20 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and situations
  • Set: Flexible.

Lysistrata: A Woman's Translation is the only modern adaptation of Aristophanes' classic comedy written entirely in rhyme. Lysistrata, an Athenian woman fed up with war, rallies together the women of Greece to seize the Treasury, stage a sex strike, and force the men of each warring faction to come home and sign a truce. This makes for a fast-paced and bawdy affair, including the pompous Magistrate's antics of male domination, and the celibacy-sworn Myrrhine's relentless teasing of her sex-starved, phallus-laden husband. Meanwhile, the Chorus of Old Men and Chorus of Old Women square off in a hilarious battle of wits and guts, ultimately resulting in a reunion of genders, ages, and political positions.

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Min. Performance Fee* $80
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Play Details

Lysistrata: A Woman's Translation is the only modern adaptation of Aristophanes' classic comedy written entirely in rhyme. Lysistrata, an Athenian woman fed up with war, rallies together the women of Greece to seize the Treasury, stage a sex strike, and force the men of each warring faction to come home and sign a truce. This makes for a fast-paced and bawdy affair, including the pompous Magistrate's antics of male domination, and the celibacy-sworn Myrrhine's relentless teasing of her sex-starved, phallus-laden husband. Meanwhile, the Chorus of Old Men and Chorus of Old Women square off in a hilarious battle of wits and guts, ultimately resulting in a reunion of genders, ages, and political positions.

  • Comedy
  • 75 - 120 minutes
  • 14 f, 14 m (20-40 actors possible: 10-20 f, 10-20 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and situations
  • Set: Flexible.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-254-3

Published Reviews

"A remarkably clever, well-crafted, hilarious adaptation of Lysistrata. Do it!"

Leslie Ayvazian, author of Nine Armenians, High Dive, and Lovely Day

"A funny, smart, and snappy version that remains completely consistent in tone and flows in a truly satisfying way. It doesn't surprise me at all that so many people around the world are working with this translation."

Ellen McLaughlin, author of Helen, The Trojan Women, and Tongue of a Bird

"For those who are not that familiar with the historical details of the Peloponnesian War, the brand-new and very modern translation by playwright Drue Robinson Hagan is very insightful. Hagan is not afraid to include in her script expressions like 'Axis of Evil' and 'Homeland Security.' Some paragraphs even seem like a direct description of the current diplomatic mess in Bush-governed America."

The Mirror (Berlin)

"But the largest local hub comes from L.A.'s small-theater community and organizers... Director [Tracy] Hudak is interlocking a multitude of scenes from Drue Robinson Hagan's translation, to be performed by a consortium of local artists and 20 different companies at the historic, 1,270-seat Wilshire Ebell Theater in an event slated to include former NEA president Jane Alexander."

Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly

"Your play was a smashing success and we had standing room only in a crowd of about 190!! We received a standing ovation from the audience, partly 'cause we are just damn good, but mainly due to your fine craftsmanship in that wonderful rendition of a classic."

Lookingglass Theatre (Chicago)

"'There were several other readings that were using the same script, specifically in Chicago,' said Lisa Joyce one of the three main coordinators of the Lysistrata Project in DePaul. 'It was a perfect edition, because it was so modern and hilarious. It really appeals to contemporary audiences, regardless of your political point of view.' 'A new version of the play was really great to make it more modern,' said Michelle DiBenedetto, junior international studies major. 'At the same time, it shows that all of these things are universal -- the idea and all the things behind the war are really important to keep thinking about.'"

Olivia Canlas, The DePaulia

"More than any of Aristophanes' plays, Lysistrata seems accessible -- the combination of sex farce and political satire suggest something modern and familiar. But it is very hard to carry off Aristophanes' humor without sliding into vulgarity or worse, overwrought artifice. Robinson Hagan's translation brought the play to life in a way that I had never seen before. I think she captured the spirit of the playwright as few modern translators and adapters have. It was funny and bawdy and political."

Arnold Aronson, Acting Chair, Columbia School of the Arts

"Hagan's hilarious script is almost Shakespearean in its pace. Its rhymed couplet structure kept the audience on their toes trying to guess the rapid fire punchlines."

David Cashman, Back Stage Chicago

"An enjoyable evening of zany entertainment. The ribald script, an English adaptation by Drue Robinson Hagan, was written entirely in rhyming verse, including a scene in which two characters engage in a limerick duel."

Tom Baker, The Daily Yomiuri (Japan)

"Of the dozens of translations of Aristophanes' comedy in circulation, Hag director Margaret Smith selected an interpretation by playwright Drue Robinson Hagan. The choice was an inspired one; the witty script more than does justice to the raucously bawdy original... The script was intelligent and sophisticated, with intricate rhyme schemes, guffaw-inducing risque dialogue and a thematic structure that kept intact most of the plot elements of the original."

Barbara Sullivan, Buffalo News (NY)

Production History

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Production Group
Location
JUN 06, 2018 - JUN 10, 2018
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA United States
Western Washington University Bellingham, WA United States
FEB 26, 2018 - MAR 01, 2018
London School Of Economics And Political Science
London, United Kingdom
London School Of Economics And Political Science London, United Kingdom
OCT 09, 2015 - OCT 18, 2015
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI United States
Wayne State University Detroit, MI United States
APR 09, 2014 - APR 17, 2014
Dept. Of Performance Studies
College Station, TX United States
Dept. Of Performance Studies College Station, TX United States
JUL 27, 2013 - JUL 29, 2013
Atlantic Acting School
New York, NY United States
Atlantic Acting School New York, NY United States
MAR 29, 2012 - APR 01, 2012
Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, IN United States
Saint Mary's College Notre Dame, IN United States
OCT 28, 2010 - OCT 31, 2010
Harlequins Performing Arts Club
Brockport, NY United States
Harlequins Performing Arts Club Brockport, NY United States
OCT 06, 2010 - OCT 10, 2010
Winthrop University Dept Of Theatre & Dance
Rock Hill, SC United States
Winthrop University Dept Of Theatre & Dance Rock Hill, SC United States
MAY 29, 2010 - MAY 30, 2010
Healdsburg High School
Healdsburg, CA United States
Healdsburg High School Healdsburg, CA United States
MAY 06, 2010 - MAY 08, 2010
Shawnigan Players
Duncan, BC Canada
Shawnigan Players Duncan, BC Canada
MAR 03, 2010 - MAR 07, 2010
CSU, Chico Theatre Department
Chico, CA United States
CSU, Chico Theatre Department Chico, CA United States
DEC 03, 2009 - DEC 06, 2009
Southern Illinois University Theater Department
Carbondale, IL United States
Southern Illinois University Theater Department Carbondale, IL United States
OCT 01, 2009 - OCT 04, 2009
Spelman College, Dept. Of Drama And Dance
Atlanta, GA United States
Spelman College, Dept. Of Drama And Dance Atlanta, GA United States
NOV 20, 2008 - NOV 24, 2008
Monmouth College
Monmouth, IL United States
Monmouth College Monmouth, IL United States
APR 17, 2008 - APR 19, 2008
College Of Fine Arts At Jacksonville University
Jacksonville, FL United States
College Of Fine Arts At Jacksonville University Jacksonville, FL United States
APR 10, 2008 - APR 13, 2008
Nebraska Wesleyan Theatre Department
Lincoln, NE United States
Nebraska Wesleyan Theatre Department Lincoln, NE United States
MAR 15, 2008 - MAR 30, 2008
The Gallery Players
Brooklyn, NY United States
The Gallery Players Brooklyn, NY United States
FEB 01, 2008 - FEB 16, 2008
Geelong Repertory
Geelong West, VIC Australia
Geelong Repertory Geelong West, VIC Australia
DEC 06, 2007 - DEC 09, 2007
Mt. San Antonio College
Walnut, CA United States
Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA United States
OCT 26, 2007 - NOV 04, 2007
Muskegon Community College
Muskegon, MI United States
Muskegon Community College Muskegon, MI United States
APR 27, 2007 - MAY 19, 2007
Troupe Du Jour
Seattle, WA United States
Troupe Du Jour Seattle, WA United States
APR 26, 2007 - MAY 05, 2007
Laney College Theater
Oakland, CA United States
Laney College Theater Oakland, CA United States
MAR 08, 2007 - MAR 18, 2007
E-52 Student Theatre
Newark, DE United States
E-52 Student Theatre Newark, DE United States
JAN 14, 2006 - JAN 16, 2006
Brave New World Repertory Theatre
Brooklyn, NY United States
Brave New World Repertory Theatre Brooklyn, NY United States
DEC 03, 2005 - DEC 05, 2005
Southern New Hampshire University
Manchester, NH United States
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH United States
MAY 02, 2005 - MAY 06, 2005
University Of Alaska Southeast
Juneau, AK United States
University Of Alaska Southeast Juneau, AK United States
MAR 18, 2005 - MAR 20, 2005
Bowling Green State University Department Of Theatre & Film
Bowling Green, OH United States
Bowling Green State University Department Of Theatre & Film Bowling Green, OH United States
MAR 11, 2005 - APR 16, 2005
Maryland Ensemble Theatre
Frederick, MD United States
Maryland Ensemble Theatre Frederick, MD United States
FEB 17, 2005 - FEB 18, 2005
Oakwood Collegiate Institute
Toronto, ON Canada
Oakwood Collegiate Institute Toronto, ON Canada
JUL 07, 2004 - JUL 17, 2004
Blak Yak Theatre Inc.
Subiaco, WA Australia
Blak Yak Theatre Inc. Subiaco, WA Australia
APR 15, 2004 - APR 30, 2004
Blak Yak Theatre Inc.
Malaga, WA Australia
Blak Yak Theatre Inc. Malaga, WA Australia
MAR 19, 2004 - APR 04, 2004
Diablo Valley College
Pleasant Hill, CA United States
Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill, CA United States
MAR 04, 2004 - MAR 13, 2004
SO...ACT Wagga School Of Arts Community Theatre
Wagga Wagga, NSW Australia
SO...ACT Wagga School Of Arts Community Theatre Wagga Wagga, NSW Australia
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
JUN 06, 2018 - JUN 10, 2018
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA United States
Western Washington University Bellingham, WA United States
FEB 26, 2018 - MAR 01, 2018
London School Of Economics And Political Science
London, United Kingdom
London School Of Economics And Political Science London, United Kingdom
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
MAR 11, 2005 - APR 16, 2005
Maryland Ensemble Theatre
Frederick, MD United States
Maryland Ensemble Theatre Frederick, MD United States

Awards (1)

Script of choice for the acclaimed Lysistrata Project of 03/03/03; read by over 360 theatre groups around the world