Genre: Classical, Comedy
Written by Aristophanes; Directed by Gretchen Ferris

A group of modern-day men and women present this sexy, classic Greek comedy. In the midst of a battle-torn country, with division amongst the states, the women of Greece have united with one common cause. To bring about national peace, they will bring a different war to their doorstep - by withholding sex until the parties can finally agree on a healthcare, to unify Greece. Let the true battle of the sexes begin!

Open:   12/09/09
Close:   12/20/09

Wednesday - Thursday at 8PM, Saturday at 2PM, Sunday at 8PM
Theater:   Wings Theatre
Address:   154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
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Closest subway: 1, 9 to Christopher Street, west on Christopher Street several blocks to theatre

Cost:$20, $15 with student ID
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Matthew Bayer Philurgis/Herals

Matthew Bayer is a 2008 graduate of Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. Since he moved to New York a year ago, he has worked several times with the Left Hip Theatre Company's Shotgun Theatre Festival. He also just finished up on Adam Roebuck's production of Echoes.  

Chelese Belmont Lampito

Chelese Belmont studied dance for twenty years and spent her adolescence performing in community musical theatre before getting her B.A. in History from UC Berkeley. She recently graduated from the Actors Studio Drama School with her MFA in Acting. Recent work includes an assassin in the film, Three Bad Men, a misguided teenager in the film, Cairefield, and a killer’s target in the horror film, The Absents. She also recently played Allison in Look Back in Anger as part of the Actors Studio Drama School’s repertory season. This is her first production with Phare Play and her post-graduation NYC debut.

Betsy Holt Rhodippe

Betsy Holt is a graduate of Ball State University in Acting and Musical Theatre, and she wakes up every morning happy to be in NYC. Since her move she is proud to have studied with John Gould Rubin of the Labyrinth Theater Company and Benjamin Mosse of East Coast Artists. She has also worked as an assistant to Jonathan Bank of the Mint Theater and Stephanie Klapper Casting. Watch for Betsy as Jane in the upcoming indie feature, The Land of Nod.

Kilvin Johnson Jr. Strymodorous

Kilvin Johnson Jr. is 'straight Brooklyn' according to Facebook. He trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Professional Performing Arts School. He recently finished shooting a pilot for an educational series and is excited to join Phare Play.

Christen Madrazo Cleonice

Christen Madrazo is ecstatic to be working with Phare Play for the first time! She is a member of the Haberdasher Theatre Company with whom she recently played Rena in The Maderati, Satyr 1 in The Cyclops, and the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland. Other NYC credits include Roseanne in You Can’t Hustle Hustler and various roles with WinceyCo Entertainment, a touring children's theatre company. Currently, she works for Dramatic Adventure Theatre with whom she traveled to Ecuador in the Summer of 2009 to teach English, Acting, and Playwriting. In addition to her training at The New Actor’s Workshop and HB Studios, Christen holds a BA from Wagner College and an MA from Seton Hall University where she teaches writing and literature.

Doua Moua Laches

Doua Moua is an actor based in New York City. Originally from Saint Paul, MN, he was recently seen in Clint Eastwood’s latest film Gran Torino playing the role of Spider, as well as Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s film, Uncertainty, playing the role Café Clerk.  As part of Phare Play, Doua has been part of productions such as WWSS - their 21 hour play festival - and Moonbite. With Yvua Jiu Productions, Moua has appeared as Chao in Magic Robe, Inho in Tale of the White Fox. At Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Doua played Ong Khan in 1120 Underdog.  Learn more about him at

Thavma Phillips Lysistrata

Thavma Phillips - Originally from NYC, Thavma has also lived in various other states and Puerto Rico. She started as an actress in Washington, DC, where she had lead roles in numerous theater and independent film projects and also appeared in commercials. Her favorite roles include Quince and Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Beneatha in A Raisin in the Sun. Her background includes training with such acclaimed professionals as Terry Schreiber, Robert McCaskill and Vera Katz. In addition to acting, Thavma has also hosted a celebrity guest series and worked as a news anchor for

Maya Ray Stratyllis

Maya Ray - After taking some time off from acting to pursue some of her other passions, Maya is very excited to be working on Lysistrata. This is Maya's first production with Phare Play Productions. Some of her favorite past performances include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, and Wit. Maya can also sometimes be found performing as Sunny Sparkle-Toes the clown. When she is not acting, Maya can be found teaching yoga all around the city.

Emily Rieder Myrrhine

Emily Rieder is excited to be doing her first production with Phare Play. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BFA in acting. Favorite roles include Brooke in Noises Off!, Andromache in Trojan Women and most recently Jen in How Water Speaks To Rock.

Eddie Rodriguez Magistrate

Eddie Rodriguez is excited to return to the New York stage with the incredible cast and crew of this production.  If you've been around Phare Play a bit, you might have seen him as the Police Superintendent in No Sex Please, We're British, a "landscape architect" in Arcadia or as part of Mindbleach.  He has also appeared in two of the WWSS - 21 hour play festivals.  You can also see Eddie (Partygoer #132) in the latest James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace as well as the upcoming Angelina Jolie movie Salt (Secret Service Man #12).  And somehow, Eddie still manages to find time to keep himself firmly planted in the practice of law and the world of political campaigns.

Ben Samuels Kinesias

Ben Samuels is a graduate of Tufts University and the British American Drama Academy. After completing the American Theatre Wing's SpringboardNYC program, he moved to the city and is proud to appear in his second NYC show following two lead roles at the TADA! Theater's 2009 Evening of One-Acts. Favorite credits include Katurian in The Pillowman, Ferdinand in The Tempest (directed by Olivier Award nominee Kelly Hunter), and the lead role in the English Language premiere of Meng Jinghui's Heads or Tails?. Ben is the recipient of Tufts' Goddard Rhetorical Prize, previously awarded to William Hurt, Hank Azaria, and Oliver Platt. More information about Ben can be found at:

Jessica Seley Nikodike

Jessica Seley is proud to be making her Phare Play debut in this production. A recent NYU- Tisch graduate, she would like to thank her friends, family, and all of the amazing people who have given their time and energy to teach and support her. Her previous New York productions include Two (If By Sea) (NYU-ETW), Product x4.0 (Modern Dance Awareness Society), A’hogar (SOMAD), Necessary Targets (NYU-Meisner), and the film, The Track Meet (dir. Eric Laplante).

Cory Shoemake Phaedris/Envoy

Cory Shoemake hails from the deep south where he studied acting, music, voice, and more acting. On a whim, he moved to Alaska to become a crab fisherman. After realizing that crab fishing was not lucrative enough, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of becoming a professional actor. He has been booking work in theatre, film, and television ever since. He also won amateur night at the Apollo, which is quite the feat for a fisherman.

Derek Allen Watson moved to New York in August 2009 and is excited to be making his New York City debut in Lysistrata. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where he appeared in numerous productions such as Witness for the Prosecution, Rumors, Guys and Dolls, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Romeo and Juliet. He appeared as a lead in the feature film Tomorrow for a Dollar directed by Don Crislip which debuted in New York City in August 2008. At the same time, Derek’s work as a model in the fashion industry has provided him the chance to work all over the country with renowned artists and photographers such as Rick Day and Mckenkie James.

Gretchen Ferris Director

Gretchen Ferris was most recently a director for Phare Play's WWSS6 as well as the Assistant Director for Phare Play’s successful premiere of Bludgeon the Lime and Commander Squish Productions’ The New Hopeville Comics. As a Phare Player, she has been seen onstage in Call Waiting and No Sex Please, We’re British. Other favorite regional credits include Quilters, The Diary of Anne Frank and Dracula. She holds theatre degrees from Lenoir-Rhyne College, Florida State University and The University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Phare Play Productions has built a solid reputation in the artistic community having produced a wide range of works from the classic (The Importance of Being Earnest) to the contemporary (Snake in Fridge), the dramatic (The Twilight of the Golds) to the comedic (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]), the original (Gay Slave Handbook) to the published (Arcadia). Two of our original productions, Callback and Fat Kids on Fire, are now published and this past year has also seen our Artistic Director, Blake Bradford become an Emmy award winner for his work on Live at Lincoln Center: Madama Butterfly!  Under the excellent guidance of Emmy winner Joan Darling, Christopher-Award winning playwright Bill Svanoe, New York Times Bestseller Judy Kerr, and Strasburg Institute founding member Kerry Shear, we embark on our fourth season of innovative and entertaining theatre and we invite you to become a part of it all!