Comic Look at the Battle of the Sexes Opens October 11 at Oakton Community College

Performing Arts at Oakton presents Aristophanes’ 'Lysistrata'

“My heart is on fire; I blush for our sex. Men will have it we are tricky and sly.” So begins the classic Greek play Lysistrata. Enjoy this classic account of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War on October 11 – 14, and October 18 – 21, when the Performing Arts at Oakton presents Aristophanes’ Lysistrata at the Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Originally performed in Athens in 411 BCE, the play tells the story of Lysistrata (literally “Army-disbander”) who persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual favors from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace. Her strategy inflames the battle between the sexes – as both men and women face the consequences of going “cold turkey.”

On Saturday, October 13, at 8 p.m., the Oakton Educational Foundation will sponsor a special performance to benefit the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $20 and include a reception after the show.

Take in a special $5 preview Thursday, October 11, at 8 p.m.

Regular performances are scheduled:

  • Friday, October 12, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 13, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 14, at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 19, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 20, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 21, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 students and seniors; and $8 for groups of 15 or more. To order, contact the Ticket Box Office at (847) 635-1900.

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