Exiled on a distant floating island with her daughter Miranda, the sorceress Prospera has spent twelve years perfecting her technology and magic. Now, with the help of the islands spirits, she raises a storm in the sky, bringing within her grasp the enemies who ostracized her long ago. But what vengeance does she propose to take?
Somewhere close by, this magical tempest leaves the crew of an airship abandoned on the same floating island… What mystic forces will these men face in this place? What will they find? And what do Prospera and the inhabitants of this enchanted isle plan to do with them? Please join us as The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company combines elements of modern classic theatre with elements of modern classical music for this timeless tale of magic and love.
“The Tempest” poster art by: Yoshitaka Amano
“The Tempest” photo’s taken by: Christopher Diaz
Fed up with all of the political fighting in Washington D.C. an American woman named Lysistrata comes up with a plan to get everyone’s attention and help bring Republicans, Democrats, and the nation together. Please join us for this modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy as the women of America join Lysistrata’s cause, Occupy Wall Street and eventually find a way to save America.
When I first had the opportunity to direct Lysistrata as the first production for The Onomatopoeia Theatre I was absolutely thrilled with the idea. I was in love with the show for quite some time and I had always thought about what different ways a director could modernize the script and have fun with it. The show is full of sex and political jokes and so during the months of July and August I felt that a modern adaptation could easily become a satire of the hypocrisy in congress.
So I began to think of practical ways to adapt the script so the show could comment and satirize modern politics the same way that the original production had satirized the politics of Athens. What I was the most surprised about however was how spot on the satire of Aristophanes original show was. In the original production of Lysistrata, Lysistrata and the other women not only go on a sex strike, but they also take over the Acropolis. The reason they do this is because the Acropolis at that time was both the religious and financial center of the city of Athens and the women are concerned about the government of Athens wasting their money on useless wars. So very early on in my adaptation (July) I had written that the modern day Lysistrata would lead the women in not only a sex strike, but also that they take over and occupy Wall Street.
Originally, the idea itself was supposed to be preposterous. For Aristophanes and his Athenian audience, the idea of the women banding together for a sex strike and taking over the Acropolis would have been unbelievable. I felt the same thing myself when I wrote that Lysistrata occupies Wall Street. But here I was dead wrong.
Because of recent events I now feel it is my duty to be as clear as possible about what is being said with our show. Let me begin by saying that while our production of Lysistrata was not written with the intention to support of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, this is not something that I am afraid to turn away from either. My goal is to comment and satirize all of these events in the world of Lysistrata. And the best part of all of this is that in this world, using the power of Love, Lysistrata finds a way to succeed. My hope is that Lysistrata will be a production that will help encourage and represent real action for change and love in the world. Please join us the first week of Nov. for this amazingly unique production.
Oct 15th, 2011
Thomas R. Gordon
The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company
“Lysistrata” poster art by: Anna Elizabeth
“Lysistrata” photo’s taken by: Hila Taylor