Lysistrata back against war

Greek actors are joining colleagues on six continents in the «Lysistrata Project» against a possible war with Iraq. More than 900 readings of the ancient comedy by Aristophanes, in which Athenian and Spartan women refuse to have sex until their men sto fighting, have been scheduled in over 56 countries. The project was initiated by New York actresses Kathryn Blume and Sharron Bower, who were inspired by the Theaters Against War group which has been urging theater companies to include anti-war statements in their programs or at the end of performances. In the United States alone, there will be participants in all 50 states. Readings in Athens are scheduled at the Acadimos and Topos Allou theaters and in Kallithea, Thessaloniki, Patras, where Kurdish refugees will participate, and on the islands of Kythera and Crete. Events are also scheduled to take place on Cyprus.

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