Theatre Artists Against War: Public Readings of Lysistrata 

On 3rd March, 2003, The Lysistrata Project will present worldwide readings of Artisophanes' ancient Greek anti-war comedy Lysistrata.  To date 457 readings are scheduled in 36 countries to voice opposition to the war in Iraq; those numbers increase hourly.

The Theatre Studies Programme (Mediterranean Institute) of the University of Malta, in collaboration with St James Cavalier is participating in this worldwide project. The organising group is calling for anyone interested in participating in the event to come to a meeting on Thursday 20th February 2003 at 7.00 p.m. at St. James Cavalier. The organisers are calling on members of different theatre companies to come together and work in collaboration using theatre as an artistic expression against war.

Lysistrata tells the story of women from opposing states who unite to end a war by refusing to sleep with their husbands until the men agree to lay down their swords.  Powerless in their society and distraught over too many of their children being slaughtered in battle, the women take the only tactic available to them: they withhold sex.

Fast-forward 2,400 years: swords are now weapons of mass destruction.  Faced with the prospect of massive loss of human life, Lysistrata Project participants worldwide take a new tactic  and add their voices to the mounting clamour of global anti-war protests.

For additional information please refer to the Lysistrata Project website at: http://www.lysistrataproject.com or contact vicki.cremona@um.edu.mt marking your correspondence "Lysistrata".