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Refuge Theatre Project has announced the cast and production team for the Chicago premiere of LYSISTRATA JONES, a musical comedy by five-time Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane, with songs by Lewis Flinn.
Directed by Justin Brill, the production features Mary-Margaret Roberts (Lyssie J), Collin Sanderson (Mick), Gina Francesca (Hetaria), Kaleb Van Rijswijck (Xander), Maisie Rose (Robin), Xavier Euzarraga (Uardo), Dwayne Everett (Tillus), Kyra Sorce (Cleonice), Marisa Riegle (Lampito), Jayla Craig (Myrrhine), Ryan Armstrong (Cinesias), Miles Blim (Harold), Maurice Rex Randle, Merrick Robinson, Mollyanne Nunn, and Brandy Miller (ensemble).
The production team includes Shanna VanDerwerker (choreographer), (music direction), Evan Frank (set designer), Issac Mandel (sound designer/engineer), Collin Henlou & Jennifer Kules (lighting designers), Emily Swanson (costume designer) and Kate Leslie (stage manager).
LYSISTRATA JONES takes the premise of the Greek comedy LYSISTRATA, in which the women of Athens refuse to have sex with their husbands and lovers until the long-lasting Peloponnesian War is finally ended – and updates it to the present day at an American college. In Beane and Flinn’s musical, a cheerleader named Lysistrata Jones convinces the girls at the fictional Athens University to withhold sexual favors until the school’s basketball team ends its 30-year losing streak.
LYSISTRATA JONES runs October 20 – November 19 at Unity Lutheran Church; 1212 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago. For more information visit refugetheatre.com.