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Theatre at War
Knox College Repertory Term presents Lysistrata, The Trojan Women
February 13, 2004

GALESBURG -- Knox College Theatre Repertory Term will present two ancient Greek plays depicting the consequences of war -- the bawdy comedy "Lysistrata," and the moving tragedy "The Trojan Women" -- in nightly rotation from February 26 through March 6 in Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts on the Knox campus in Galesburg, Illinois.

Performances of "Lysistrata" are at 7:30 p.m. on February 26 and 28, and March 2 and 4. "The Trojan Women" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on February 27 and 29, and March 3 and 5. Both shows will close on Saturday, March 6 with "Lysistrata" at 2:00 p.m. and "The Trojan Women" at 7:30 p.m.

Advisories:

  • Audience members are advised that "Lysistrata" contains explicit sexual language.
  • For technical reasons, no one will be admitted to "The Trojan Women" after the performance begins.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students, and free for Knox students, faculty and staff. Tickets are available at the door or can be bought in advance by calling Cindy Wickliffe in the Campus Life Office at (309) 341-7489.

Special Student Tickets: High school students may obtain complimentary tickets from the Knox College Admission Office, at 1-800-678-KNOX, 309-341-7100, or admission@knox.edu

" 'Lysistrata' is set in 411 BCE, during the Peloponnesian War, which had been going on for about 20 years between two Greek city-states, Athens and Sparta," said the play's director, Robert Whitlatch, Seeley Distinguished Service Professor of Theatre. "The plot revolves around an Athenian woman, Lysistrata, who rallies women on both sides of the conflict to put an end to the fighting: namely, calling for a sex-strike and seizing the city treasury."

"Aristophanes shows Greek women accomplishing a complete role reversal from traditional ancient society," Whitlatch said. "They literally take charge of their nation during a time of war."

"The play balances the absurd with the deadly serious, mocking the war beneath a surface of levity and using Lysistrata as the voice of reason," Whitlatch said. "Greek comedy was graphic, and audience members should be aware that the language and humor is sexually explicit."

The tragedy "The Trojan Women" by Euripides is directed by Ivan Davidson, professor of theatre at Knox. "The play was first presented in Greece about 415 BCE, also during the Peloponnesian War, but it depicts a war that took place approximately 600 years earlier," Davidson said. "Greek invaders captured the city of Troy, a conflict that was described in part in Homer's epic poem 'The Iliad'."

" 'The Trojan Women' shows a situation that was typical for ancient warfare -- all the men of a defeated city would be slaughtered, and the women and children would be sold into slavery," Davidson said. "The play follows the captured women of Troy as they fight against the victimization of war."

About Repertory Theatre Term at Knox College
Knox's Repertory Theatre Term -- produced by the Knox College Department of Theatre and Dance and often called "Rep Term" on campus -- is the only undergraduate theatre curriculum in the U.S. that combines, in a single course, academic study in theatre with all of the activities that would be required to operate a professional repertory theatre company.

Working with faculty directors and designers, approximately 30 students spend an entire ten-week term researching, designing, constructing, rehearsing, and performing two full-length plays. Formal classes are devoted to general development of voice and movement, and to seminars on the history and context of the plays and the playwrights. The plays are performed in nightly rotation and run for a full week, just as they would in a professional repertory theatre.

Knox offers Repertory Term every two to three years, and this year's Rep Term is the 13th since the program was was co-founded in 1970 two Knox theatre professors -- Ivan Davidson and Robert Whitlatch -- and former professor Peter B. Young.

"Repertory Term gives participants a view of theatre in its broadest definition, from literature and history, to technical aspects, to performance," Davidson said.

This year's Rep Term is only the second time in the history of the program that the two plays have shared a common theme. "Even though these plays are 2400 years old, the events they show -- war, protests about war, and the consequences of war -- are particularly relevant for us this year," Davidson said. "Conceptually, 'The Trojan Women' is what happens when 'Lysistrata' fails."




Lysistrata

Cast:
Lysistrata: Helen Drysdale
Officeress: Kaye C. Flaker
Calonice: Rebecca Meyerson
Myrrhine: Sylvie Davidson
Athenian Wife: Jorja Ackers
Lampito: Morgan Cohen-Ross
Corinthian Wife: Heather Holmquest
Ismenia: Sarah Lammie
Men's Chorus Leader: Martin Helms
Men's Chorus: Adrian Anderson, Noah Dorson, Jacob Hebert 
Women's Chorus Leader: Allison Beale
Women's Chorus: Kira Horel, Marisa Sengstock, Marcella Wiget 
Magistrate: Jeffrey Hendrickson
Policemen: Jason Cascio, Doug Porter, Karl Rainsberger, Chris Storey 
Old Women: Jennie Ocken, Yaritza De Jesus, Heather Courtney
Wives: Stephanie Fouhy, Chelsea Lynn, Krista Reeves
Rod Balling: Jason Cascio
Nurse: Sarah Lammie
Spartan Herald: Doug Porter
Spartan Ambassador: Karl Rainsberger
Athenian Ambassador: Chris Storey
Reconciliation: Amanda Horton

Crew:
Director: Robert Whitlatch
Scenic Designer: Craig Choma
Assistant to the Director: Bethany Woodard
Stage Manager: Jacqueline Dehne
Master Carpenter: Adrian Anderson
Lighting Designer: Jennie Ocken
Master Electrician: Chelsea Lynn
Sound Designer: Rebecca Meyerson
Sound Technician: Nathan Thompson
Costume Designer: Connie Edwards
Make-up Chair: Stephanie Fouhy
Properties Master: Morgan Cohen-Ross
Deck Chiefs: Amanda Horton: Bethany Woodard
Choreographer: Sarah Lammi

Set Crew:
Martin Helms (Changeover Captain,) Jorja Ackers, Adrian Andersen, Allison Beale, Jason Cascio, Jacqueline Dehne, Helen Drysdale, Jacob Hebert, Jeffery Hendrickson, Rebecca Meyerson, Jennie Ocken, Doug Porter, Karl Rainsberger, Chris Storey, Nathan Thompson, Bethany Woodard

Lighting Crew:
Rebecca Meyerson (Assistant Master Electrician,) Adrian Andersen, Allison
Beale, Jason Cascio, Jacqueline Dehne, Noah Dorson, Helen Drysdale, Jacob Hebert, Martin Helms, Jeffery Hendrickson, Jennie Ocken, Marissa Sengstock, Chris Storey, Nathan Thompson

Costume Crew:
Krista Reeves (Assistant to the Costume Designer,) Morgan Cohen-Ross, Sylvie Davidson, Yaritza De Jesus, Noah Dorson, Conni Edwards, Kaye C. Flaker, Stephanie Fouhy, Heather Holmquest, Kira Horel, Amanda Horton, Sarah Lammie, Karl Rainsberger, Marissa Sengstock, Marcella Wiget

Make-up Crew:
Morgan Cohen-Ross, Heather Courtney, Conni Edwards, Stephanie Fouhy, Martin Helms, Heather Holmquest, Kira Horel, Amanda Horton, Sarah Lammie

Props Crew:
Jorja Ackers, Yaritza De Jesus, Noah Dorson, Jacob Hebert, Doug Porter, Marissa Sengstock, Nathan Thompson



The Trojan Women

Cast:
Hecuba: Amanda Horton
Talthybius: Nathan Thompson
Cassandra: Sylvie Davidson
Andromache: Helen Drysdale
Astyanax: Conni Edwards
Menelaus: Jason Casico
Helen: Jacqueline Dehne
Soldiers: Jacob Hebert, Martin Helms, Doug Porter, Karl Rainsberger
Chorus: Allison Beale, Morgan Cohen-Ross, Kaye C. Flaker, Kira Horel, Heather Holmquest, Marisa Sengstock, Marcella Wiget, Bethany Woodard

Crew:
Director: Ivan Davidson
Scenic Designer: Craig Choma
Costume Designer: Margo Shively
Assistant to the Director: Sylvie Davidson
Stage Manager: Jorja Ackers
Master Carpenter: Adrian Anderson
Lighting Designer: Jennie Ocken
Master Electrician: Chelsea Lynn
Sound Designer: Rebecca Meyerson
Make-up Chair: Kira Horel
Properties Master: Morgan Cohen-Ross
Deck Chief: Heather Courtney

Set Crew:
Martin Helms (Changeover Captain), Jorja Ackers, Adrian Andersen, Allison Beale, Jason Cascio, Jacqueline Dehne, Helen Drysdale, Jacob Hebert, Jeffery Hendrickson, Rebecca Meyerson, Jennie Ocken, Doug Porter, Karl Rainsberger, Chris Storey, Nathan Thompson, Bethany Woodard

Lighting Crew:
Rebecca Meyerson (Assistant Master Electrician), Adrian Andersen, Allison
Beale, Jason Cascio, Jacqueline Dehne, Noah Dorson, Helen Drysdale, Jacob Hebert, Martin Helms, Jeffery Hendrickson, Jennie Ocken, Marissa Sengstock, Chris Storey, Nathan Thompson

Costume Crew:
Krista Reeves (Assistant to the Costume Designer), Morgan Cohen-Ross, Sylvie Davidson, Yaritza De Jesus, Noah Dorson, Conni Edwards, Kaye C. Flaker, Stephanie Fouhy, Heather Holmquest, Kira Horel, Amanda Horton, Sarah Lammie, Karl Rainsberger, Marissa Sengstock, Marcella Wiget

Make-up Crew:
Morgan Cohen-Ross, Heather Courtney, Conni Edwards, Stephanie Fouhy, Martin Helms, Heather Holmquest, Kira Horel, Amanda Horton, Sarah Lammie

Props Crew:
Jorja Ackers, Yaritza De Jesus, Noah Dorson, Jacob Hebert, Doug Porter, Marissa Sengstock, Nathan Thompson


Knox College Theatre - Departmental Assistants

Scene Shop:
Kurt Sheffer, Annie Lawrence, Eric Langston, Adrian Anderson, Allison Beale, Heather Courtney, Jacob Hebert, Chelsea Lynn, Rebecca Meyerson, Jennie Ocken, Nathan Thompson

Costume Shop:
Megan Gamble (Crew Head), Heidi Becker, Lindsey Turnbull, Lauren Harrison, Jessica Drew, Conni Edwards, Amanda Horton, Sarah Lammie


Related Pages

Knox College Theatre and Dance

Repertory Theatre Web Site




Contact

Peter Bailley
news@knox.edu
309 341 7337

Rehearsal scene from The Trojan Women.Larger
Scene from The Trojan Women

Caption: Cassandra (Sylvie Davidson) holds a torch and delivers prophecies to the chorus (Allison Beale, Heather Holmquest and Kaye C. Flaker), and Greek ambassador Talthybius, (Nathan Thompson), in a backstage view of a rehearsal scene from The Trojan Women.

Same scene as above, viewed from theatre. Larger Image

 

Athenian magistrate (Jeff Hendrickson) orders his guards to attack the women who have captured the city's treasury in Lysistrata. Larger Image
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Lysistrata (Helen Drysdale)Larger Image
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An Athenian magistrate (Jeff Hendrickson) is humiliated by the women of Athens in a scene from Lysistrata. Larger Image
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An Athenian woman (Sylvie Davidson) teases her husband (Jason Cascio) in a scene from Lysistrata. Larger Image
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Jennie Ocken, lighting designer for Lysistrata. Larger Image
Harbach Theatre Lighting Design