Adapted by Jennifer Wise and Lois Anderson
July 6 – September 13 · Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre
It’s 2018 and a development project is threatening Vancouver. A company of Bard actresses responds by staging Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ outrageous 411 BC comedy about the first-ever female strike. Jennifer Wise and Lois Anderson‘s new adaptation delivers a unique new play – a glorious, bawdy romp that investigates how humour and art can take their place in the political arena.
Directed by Lois Anderson, whose Pericles for Bard in 2016 won her the Jessie Award for Outstanding Direction (Large Theatre).
Please note: Lysistrata contains mature content and sexually-suggestive scenes. Lysistrata is approximately 2hrs 20mins including intermission. Children under 6 are not admitted to Bard performances.
Photo Credit: Marci T. House, Jennifer Lines, Quelemia Sparrow Photo: David Cooper
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Critics & Patrons Say
“…bold, brilliant, and joyfully bonkers…”Georgia Straight
“This adaptation of Lysistrata deserves many more productions.”Colin Thomas, theatre critic
“…this creative piece is pure hoot to watch.”Baird Blackstone, BrokenLegReivews
Lysistrata @bardonthebeach was one of the best shows I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a lot). Such an amazing version. So empowering. So hilarious. So poignant.Rachel Ralph, @therachelralph
Truly great art is brave as hell. It sneaks up and guts you mid-laugh. Cuts you open, then turns again and makes you smile through your own blood and tears. The adaptation of Lysistrata @bardonthebeach is exactly thus.Amanda C. Marier, @amanda_c_marier
…I loved Lysistrata. Such a creative way of portraying the play as a last minute production with interruptions. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard at Bard.Junko Henderson
THE SET-UP: 2018
Bard’s Douglas Campbell Theatre production of Hamlet, featuring an all female cast, is a huge hit. Meantime, ominous rezoning signs have been popping up all over Vanier Park and Hamlet’s company of actors is up in arms. With just a few hours remaining before curtain, they decide to stage a performance of Aristophanes’ protest play, Lysistrata – with no costumes, set, props, music, lighting, or rehearsal time to pull this off…
THE STORY: 411 BC
In Athens, circa 411 BC, Lysistrata has called a clandestine meeting of women from Athens and from the neighbouring enemy states of Sparta, Thebes and Corinth. She lays out a scheme to end the interminable war that is taking their men to battle. Her plan is for all women to deny their husbands any sexual relations until the men agree to negotiate peace.
The women pledge their commitment to Lysistrata’s strategy and head to the Acropolis, where the Old Women have seized control.
The next morning, outside the Acropolis barricades, the Old Men try to smoke out the women with logs and fire, which the Old Women douse with buckets of water. The younger women waver on their commitment to withhold sex and are urged by Lysistrata to stand united.
A Magistrate arrives to gain access to the state treasury, housed inside the Acropolis. Refused entry, he mocks the women’s siege and challenges their ability to make political decisions.
Early the next day, the Old Women venture beyond the gates to fetch water and begin fighting with the Old Men. After an exhausting struggle, the Old Folks realize that taking action also means listening and working together for the greater good.
Soon after, Athenian and Spartan soldiers come to meet with Lysistrata outside the Acropolis, prepared to negotiate. Lysistrata lays out a strategy that would lead the warring factions to a peaceful solution, and then ushers in the figure of Earth. The soldiers agree to end the war as they greedily divide Earth’s gifts.
Cast & Creative Team
Actor, playwright, Co-Artistic Producer of ITSAZOO Productions, BFA graduate (UVic). Jessie Award nominations: Supporting Actor (The Pipeline Project and Killer Joe); Original Script (The Competition is Fierce). Selected theatre: The Lonesome West (Pacific); How to Survive an Apocalypse (Touchstone); Hamlin (Axis); Brighton Beach Memoirs and Of Mice and Men (Blue Bridge Repertory); Clybourne Park (Arts Club). Selected film/TV: The Man in the High Castle (Amazon); Arrow (CW); Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story (Crazy8s Film Society – Leo Award nominee).
Sharon is honoured to be making her Bard debut with this fantastic group of artists. Select stage: Shit (Firehall); Satellite(s) (Solo Collective); In the Heights (Arts Club); and Fiddler on the Roof (Gateway). Select screen: A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix); When We Rise (ABC); and Marine 5 (WWE). Upcoming: Eggplant Emoji (Netflix). Training: Arts Club Actor’s Intensive and McIlroy and Associates. Thanks to Melissa, Shannon, Andrew and James. Love to Adam, Lucas and Sam. www.sharoncrandall.com
A member of Canada’s theatrical community for over forty years, Michelle has performed on stages across the country, from studios to regional main stages to the major festivals including Shaw, Blyth, Charlottetown and 10 seasons at the Stratford Festival. She has been on the faculty of University of Waterloo, as well as George Brown, St. Clair and Fanshawe colleges. Born and raised in Burnaby, trained at UBC, Michelle is beyond thrilled to be returning home for her debut at Bard on the Beach.
Marci T. HouseEnsemble
Marci T. House
This is Marci’s Bard debut. Selected theatre: The Madness of George III and Dracula (Shaw); You Will Remember Me (Ruby Slippers); Intimate Apparel, Clybourne Park, and DISGRACED (Arts Club); Glengarry Glen Ross (Classic Chic); The Ladies Foursome (The Grand Theatre); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Neworld Theatre/Pacific Theatre); In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play (Tarragon Theatre/MTC); Ruined (Obsidian Theatre Company/Nightwood Theatre); HAMLET (The Honest Fishmongers Equity Co-op); and The Miracle Worker (Vancouver Playhouse).
Ming is thrilled to be making her Bard on the Beach debut. She is a graduate of LISPA, holds an MA from Rose Bruford College, and a BFA from UVic. Selected performing credits include East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Theatre Replacement); BlissKrieg (Atomic Vaudeville); PostSecret: The Show (Firehall); Big Bad and Fall Away Home (Boca del Lupo); and The Penelopiad (Arts Club). Ming would like to thank her mother for her support.
This is Luisa’s eighth season on stage at Bard. Past roles: Nerissa (The Merchant of Venice); Emilia (Othello); Marina (Pericles); Dromio of Syracuse (The Comedy of Errors); Rosaline (Love’s Labour’s Lost); Trincula (The Tempest); and Celia (As You Like It). A Bard Teaching Artist, she is also Program Director of True Voice Theatre Project, a community theatre program in the DTES, for which she was nominated for a 2016 YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award in Arts, Culture and Design.
This will be Jennifer’s eighteenth season with Bard on the Beach. Selected credits: Forget About Tomorrow (Belfry/Arts Club); It’s a Wonderful Life, High Society, The Real Thing, Here on the Flight Path, and Sylvia (Arts Club); Anatol, A Little Night Music, and Hello Dolly (Vancouver Playhouse); King Lear, The Great Gatsby, and Beyond Eden (Theatre Calgary); and Apres Moi (Ruby Slippers). She is the recipient of two Jessie Awards and has a BFA in Acting from the University of Victoria.
Joel D. MontgrandEnsemble
Joel D. Montgrand
Joel was born in Northern Saskatchewan and was raised on and off the reserve with his Cree family. After travelling the world and working many jobs, he moved to Vancouver in 2011 where he decided to pursue acting seriously. Since then he has been in many theatrical productions as well as TV and film roles including Altered Carbon, Legends of Tomorrow, iZombie and others. This is his first time working with the Bard family.
Adele returns for her third season at Bard. She has worked in various capacities with a number of theatre companies on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples. Recent acting credits include The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Carousel); The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Merchant of Venice (Bard on the Beach); Walt Whitman’s Secret (the frank); Happy Place and Brothel #9 (Touchstone Theatre), for which she won her first Jessie Award.
Quelemia SparrowEnsemble | Indigenous Consultant
Ensemble | Indigenous Consultant
Quelemia is a graduate of Studio 58’s Theatre Program. Various theatre credits: The Bakkhai (Stratford Festival); The Pipeline Project (Savage Society/ITSAZOO); The Snow Queen (The Globe); Our Town (Osimous); The Edward Curtis Project (GCTC/NAC); The Penelopiad and August: Osage County (Arts Club); and Where the Blood Mixes (Playhouse/WTC). Various film/TV credits: Clouds of Autumn, Fringe, Blackstone, Cable Beach, Da Vinci’s City Hall, V, Unnatural and Accidental, and Da Vinci’s Inquest.
Colleen has been a company member at Bard on the Beach for 15 years and has performed in over 25 productions. Other recent theatre: Forget About Tomorrow and The Valley (Arts Club/Belfry); and Happy Place (Touchstone). Recent TV and film include Altered Carbon (Netflix); Tully (Feature); Mech X-4 (Disney); When We Rise (ABC); A Wish for Christmas and Bridal Wave (Hallmark). Colleen graduated from the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting Program and is the recipient of seven Jessie Awards.
Bard roles include Paulina, The Winter’s Tale; Viola, Twelfth Night; Kate, The Taming of the Shrew; Helena, All’s Well That Ends Well; Rosalind, As You Like It; and Mistress Overdone, Measure For Measure. She is a UBC graduate and has directed for Bard (Pericles), Arts Club, Rough House, Leaky Heaven, SFU and UBC. She was a co-creator of Cirque Poule and Flying Blind. Lois has received eight Jessie Awards (including Best Director, Pericles), a Betty Mitchell Award, and the Sydney Risk Emerging Director Award.
Jennifer WiseCo-adapter of Lysistrata
Co-adapter of Lysistrata
Jennifer is a playwright and translator whose work has been seen on stages from NYC to Santa Monica to the Shaw Festival. For The Girl Rabbi of the Golden West, she won the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition; her musical A Queer Trial was a finalist in Theatre BC’s Canadian Playwriting Competition; and Orbit, about Galileo’s children, was a finalist for the Herman Voaden Prize. Her new adaptation of Aristophanes’ Birds premieres in Kingston this fall.
Barbara ClaydenCostume Designer
Barbara has been working as a theatre artist in Vancouver for over 30 years. Primarily designing costumes, she has worked with the Arts Club, Blackbird Theatre, Carousel, Electric Company, Firehall Arts Centre, Mortal Coil, Patrick Street Productions, Pi Theatre, Presentation House, Rumble, Theatre Conspiracy and Theatre Replacement. Barbara has been nominated for more than 15 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for Costume Design and has received a few along the way.
Drew FaceySet Designer
Drew has been production designing theatre and opera for the past 10 years. Recent highlights include Me and My Girl (Shaw Festival); The Silver Arrow (Citadel Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (Bard); The Marriage of Figaro (Vancouver Opera); Bonjour, là, Bonjour (Théâtre la Seizième); The Humans and Onegin (Arts Club); and Das Ding (Can Stage). Drew is the recipient of 14 Jessie Awards for Outstanding Design and 28 nominations. He is a graduate of Studio 58. www.drewfacey.com
John WebberLighting Designer
John is honoured to be back with Bard on the Beach. He has been designing both sets and lighting since the early 1990s and has had the privilege of working with some of Western Canada’s most talented and adventurous artists along the way. John has received many Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and an Ovation Award. In Ottawa, he received a Critics’ Circle Award and a Prix Rideau Award, all for Outstanding Design.
Mishelle CuttlerComposer/Sound Designer/Musical Director
Composer/Sound Designer/Musical Director
Mishelle is a composer, sound designer, performer, and music director. She recently returned from New York where she obtained an MFA in Musical Theatre Composition at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Some favourite credits include Crème-Glacée (Seizième); Wet and Killer Joe (ITSAZOO); The Events (Pi/PuSh Fest); Titus Bouffonius (Rumble); and Made In Italy (Western Canada/Citadel). She won a Jessie Award for Outstanding Composition for STATIONARY (Delinquent Theatre), which also won the award for Outstanding Musical. www.mischellecuttler.com
Alison MatthewsHead Voice & Text Coach
Head Voice & Text Coach
Alison has been the Voice & Text Coach at Bard since 2009. She is Interim Program Director for the Citadel Banff Professional Theatre Program and on faculty at the Arts Club Actor’s Intensive, and adjudicates competitive speech festivals across Western Canada. A professional actor for over 20 years, Alison works in radio, television, and film. Alison holds an MFA (specializing in Voice) from the University of British Columbia, and an Associate Diploma in Drama & Speech from Trinity College London. www.alisonmatthews.com
Tara Cheyenne FriedenbergChoreographer
Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
Tara is an award-winning creator, performer and Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance. Lysistrata is her seventh choreographic collaboration with Bard. Tara is known for her unique and dynamic hybrid of dance, comedy and theatre. Touring highlights: Dance Base, Edinburgh; South Bank Centre, London, UK; On the Boards, Seattle, USA; and High Performance Rodeo, Calgary. Tara lives in East Vancouver with her husband, composer Marc Stewart, and their son Jasper.
Josh ReynoldsFight Director
Josh, a graduate of the UBC BFA Acting Program, is an actor, fight director, writer and artist who has worked for Bard on the Beach, Ballet BC, Cave Canem Productions, Carousel Theatre, Chemainus Theatre, Green Thumb Theatre, Rumble Theatre and Classic Chic Productions. Josh wrote and produced the two-time Jessie Award– nominated play From Parts Unknown…, and has been nominated for two Jessie Awards and one Dora Award for Performance and Fight Direction.
Joanne P.B. SmithStage Manager
Joanne P.B. Smith
This will be Joanne’s seventeenth season stage managing in the Douglas Campbell Theatre tent at Bard on the Beach. Recent shows are Butcher (Primecuts Collective) and East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Theatre Replacement). Joanne has worked for many other theatre companies, mostly in Vancouver.
Jennifer StewartAssistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Jenn trained at Studio 58 and has had the pleasure of working in a range of roles. Favourite credits include Studies in Motion (wardrobe, Electric Company); Of Mice and Men (set, Hardline); The Competition is Fierce (set, ITSAZOO); The Whipping Man (props, Pacific); Little Brother, Little Sister (props, Caravan Farm); Statu Quo (SM, Seizième) and East Van Panto (ASM, Theatre Replacement). Film credits include Edward and Adventures in Public School (Motion 58).
Zoe BellisApprentice Stage Manager
Apprentice Stage Manager
Zoe is thrilled to be a part of Bard’s twenty-ninth season! Past credits include Stage Manager: The Fabulous Lipitones (Miracle Theatre of Prince George); 2BR02B and 42nd Street (Studio 58); Production Assistant: East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Theatre Replacement); Floyd Collins and Out of a Dream (Patrick Street Productions). She would like to thank her family for their support and Christopher for being on this ride with her. Zoe is a graduate of Studio 58.
Joel WirkkunenDirecting Apprentice
Joel is honoured to be working with this extraordinary group of actors and designers in Bard’s exciting first foray into the Greeks. Select theatre credits include The Audience, Peter and the Starcatcher, School for Scandal, and A Flea in Her Ear (Arts Club); Of Mice and Men and The Overcoat (Vancouver Playhouse); Grace, Sled, and Cherry Docs (Touchstone Theatre); Richard III, Henry IV, The Taming of The Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra, and Cymbeline (Bard). Joel is a graduate of Studio 58 and co-creator of the Vancouver true storytelling series The Flame.
Hannah CaseCostume Design Apprentice
Costume Design Apprentice
Hannah is a Vancouver based designer and a graduate of Studio 58’s Production Program. She has had the pleasure of assisting designers such as Carmen Alatorre, Pam Johnson, and Mara Gottler. Select design credits include I Lost My Husband (Ruby Slippers Theatre); Not So Dumb (Green Thumb Theatre); Comedy on Wheels (Realwheels Theatre); and Gormenghast (William Head on Stage).