World Premiere

Operation No Penetration, Lysistrata 1997!

by Torange Yeghiazarian, adapted from the 5th century classic by Aristophanes

An Outrageous Comedy about Sex and War

Operation No Penetration, Lysistrata 1997!

A contemporary adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In this production, the Jewish-American Lysistrata along with the Palestinian-American Kalonike, unite women from around the world, including the Iranian Lampito, to join in on a global sex strike in order to force men to stop war and sign the World Peace treaty. The play attempts to emphasize the global nature of war in our time and the need for a global peace settlement.

June 19, 1997 - June 19, 1997

Next Stage, 1620 Gough Street, San Francisco

Written by Torange Yeghiazarian, adapted from the 5th century classic by Aristophanes

Directed by Torange Yeghiazarian

Featuring (in order of appearance) Pamela Beitz, Bella Warda, Jennifer Darya Maghsoudi, Janet Acio, Maria Zamroud, Dylin Redling, Siamak Mirnezami, Clearance A. Mitchell, Ali Dadgar, Greg Denzler, Von Scott Bair, Peter McCarron, Koorosh Angali

Design Team: Veronica Arana (scenic), Vida Ghahremani (costumes), Jodi Ferguson (lighting)

Dance choreography by Shahrzad Khorsandi

Produced in 411 BC, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata is one of the most popular of the extant Greek comedies.  It followed shortly on a disastrous phase of Athens’ war with Sparta.  Many of Aristophanes plays use a utopian premise to criticize war.  Lysistrata addresses the politics of its time in a variety of ways:  lampooning the politicians of the time and Athens’ expansionist policies on the one hand, and utilizing the social inferiority of the women in Athens as a comic ploy, on the other hand.  Aristophanes was a master at highlighting social hypocrisies.  But at the same time the play is by no means “feminist” in its approach.  Aristophanes pleads for peace and advocates family values of his own time, seeing women as child bearers and home makers with sexuality being their only weapon.

Cast & Crew

Pamella Beitz

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Bella Ramzan-nia

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Reema Bahnasy

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Janet Acio

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Jennifer Darya Maghsoudi

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Dylin Redling

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Siamak Mirnezami

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Clarence A. Mitchell

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Ali Dadgar

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Greg Denzler

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Von Scott Bair

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Peter McCarron

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Koorosh Angali

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This production would not have been possible without the support of the following:

The staff at the San Francisco State Theatre Arts Department, Mohammad Kowsar, Darvag Theatre, Mansour & Afsaneh Taeed, Kiumars Hakim, Marcia Kimmel and Lewis Campbel of the Next Stage, Barbara Lubin of Middle East Chidren’s Alliance, Emily Shihadeh, Gen Hayashida, Termeh Yeghiazarian, Kamshad Kooshan.

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