MC Theatre presents “Lysistrata” April 27-30

MC Theatre to present “Lysistrata” April 27-30

April 12, 2017

The Maryville College Theatre Department will present “Lysistrata,” the Greek comedy by Aristophanes, April 27-30.

Performances will be held in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Haslam Family Flexible Theatre on Thurs., April 27 at 8 p.m.; Fri., April 28 at 8 p.m.; Sat., April 29 at 8 p.m. and Sun., April 30 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors (ages 60 and older) and students. Admission is free for Maryville College faculty, staff and students, but tickets are required. For tickets, please call the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590 or visit Due to adult content, this play is intended for mature audiences.

The play, which is adapted by Ellen McLaughlin, centers on the title character Lysistrata, a woman of Athens who calls for her fellow women of Greece to help end the Peloponnesian war. Lysistrata has devised a plan for the women to withhold sex from their husbands in hope that they will see reason for peace. As the women succeed in fulfilling their plan, the men of Greece react in agony. Will the women of Greece achieve peace?

Dr. Heather McMahon, MC associate professor of theatre and the play’s director, said she has been interested in directing this play for a long time.

“I think it is a very funny play, but also a very thought-provoking one,” McMahon said. “As a director, I am always looking for timely plays that speak to current events, and, unfortunately, war has become an ongoing current event for us. While we in the United States are largely sheltered from the realities of war, we have military forces engaged in conflicts around the world – and some of these conflicts have lasted for years now. ‘Lysistrata’ has been performed many times in the past as a ‘go-to’ anti-war play.

“I like that Ellen McLaughlin's adaptation deals with many of those problems and makes the play more empowering to women,” the professor added. “She has also made the play fun and current without completely taking it out of the original context of ancient Greece, which I appreciated.

The cast includes the following Maryville College students: Sara Deatherage ’17 of Knoxville, Tenn.; Anna Dieter ’19 of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Lenny Lively ’19 of Pikeville, Tenn.; Allison Parton ’20 of Knoxville, Tenn.; Trevor York 17 of Pleasant View, Tenn.; Aaron Soloman ’20 of Houston, Texas; Lailani Price ’20 of Lebanon, Tenn.; Anna Haynes ’18 of Austin, Texas; Bailey Decker ’19 of Lenoir City, Tenn.; Bailey Burleson 20 of Knoxville, Tenn.; Kristian Moats of Maryville, Tenn.; Madeline Maestrety ’20 of Martinsburg, W.Va.; Jennilyn Grover ’20 of Savage, Minn.; Jenna Hunt, ’18 of Maryville,Tenn.; Bailey Holt 20 of Lebanon, Va.; Molly Hamant ’18 of Cincinnati, Ohio; Chandler Chastain ’18 of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; Michaela Prysmont 17 of Tampa, Fla.; Serinity Shalander ’20 of Nashville, Tenn.; Cassidy Mahan ’19 of Knoxville, Tenn.; Katie Kopp ’19, of O’Fallon, Ill.; Liz Lane 19 of Boston, Mass.; Kat OLearly ’17 of Syracuse, N.Y.; Emily Qualkinbush ’19 of Sevierville, Tenn.; Kayce Collins 19 of Knoxville, Tenn.; Alex Goen 20 of Blythwood, S.C.; and Eileen Lane ’17 of Atlanta, Ga.

 “I think audiences will find the play wildly entertaining. It is fun and bawdy and full of ‘adult themes and language’ that are funny,” McMahon said. “More than that, though, I do think the play asks real questions about what our priorities are, as well as what motivates us to get involved in the military conflicts that we are involved in. The play proposes these questions in the framework of a ‘battle of the sexes,’ suggesting that women have come up with a solution that men couldn't, but I think that is just an entertaining way of approaching a larger societal issue.”

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,154.