Genre: Comedy
A comedy about love and war, performed by teens for adults

To share an outstanding show of last season with a larger audience, Theater for the New City will present a return engagement of "Lysistrata's Children," a Brechtian comedy written and directed by Philip Suraci, from November 6 to 23, 2008.

Inspired by Aristophanes, "Lysistrata's Children" is an original work conceived by Suraci and devised for and with the teenage cast. Like "The Me Nobody Knows" and Broadway's current "Spring Awakening," it is a play performed by young people for adults to see. It explores issues of war and peace, violence and non-violence through the power dynamics of child/parent relationships. In Aristophanes' original, Athenian wives denied their husbands sex in order to persuade them to make peace. In Suraci's ingenious adaptation, children withhold love from their parents until they sign an oath of "Victory over violence" and join the children's quest for peace. There is sly comedy in the children's manipulation of their parents' behavior and in the parents' responses to their children's demands.

The play was originally workshopped and produced in 2006 with students of Friends Seminary on Stuyvesant Square. It was presented by Theater for the New City last fall. Last season, Milton E. Polsky, writing in "The Chronicles," a publication of the NY State Theatre Education Association, called the piece "deftly and imaginatively written," noting, "The audience members were deeply moved by the production they enjoyed and the truth they perceived emanating from the stage." The review ended with a call for the play to be published. Howard Kissel, reporting on last year's TNC production in the Daily News, wrote that for the parents, the experience went deeper than simply "seeing my kids in a show." For the young cast, it was affirming that "anybody can make a difference."

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About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

Open:   11/06/08
Close:   11/23/08

Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm
Theater:   Theater For The New City
Address:   155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10009
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Take the L train to 1st Avenue or the 6 train to Astor Place

Cost:Adults $15, Seniors, Teachers and students $5
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