Aquila's A Very Naughty Greek Play, Tearing a Page Out of Aristophanes' Book, Opens March 5 in NYC

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Aquila Theatre Company, the antic hybrid American-British troupe based in New York City, takes a page out of current events while drawing on the ancient comedy of Aristophanes for a new musical comedy called A Very Naughty Greek Play (Utopia Parkway), opening March 5 after previews from Feb. 25.
Alex Webb in A Very Naughty Greek Play
Alex Webb in A Very Naughty Greek Play Photo by Richard Termine

Performances at Baruch Performing Arts Center in Manhattan continue to March 20.

The piece was conceived and created by Aquila, based on artistic director Peter Meineck's translation of Aristophanes' 422 B.C. knee-slapper Wasps. Music is by Anthony Cochrane. The cast includes Robert Richmond, Alex Webb, Richard Willis and Cochrane.

Audience participation in the rows closest to the stage is part of the experience. A limited number of "Greek Seats" (general admission stage-side seating in the style of ancient Greek Theatre where audiences may be called upon to join in with the action of the show) are available for $15.

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The comedy "tells the story of the political battle between father and son," according to Aquila. "The father, obsessed with his democratic power, serves a bombastic, rabble-rousing, xenophobic politician who controls his people via sound byte, championing simplistic moral values and the concepts of 'freedom and liberty.' His son is appalled by what is happening to the father, and attempts to cure him of his vile affliction with the temptation of the 'good life' — swanky parties, fine food and wine, fashionable clothes and witty repartee. …Everything goes terribly wrong, with comically disastrous results." According to Meineck, "Aquila is getting back to the original spirit of Aristophanes with a play that is politically offensive, lewd, rude and very naughty."

Performance schedule for A Very Naughty Greek Play is Wednesday-Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 5 & 9 PM, and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets are $45 and $25, and are available by from Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200.

Baruch Performing Arts Center is located at 25th Street (between Lexington & Third Avenues).

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The Aquila Theatre Company was founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck to present innovative productions of classical drama. Since then the company has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe with annual productions in New York and London. In 1999, Aquila moved to New York and has since presented thirteen productions, including Aeschylus's Agamemnon (with Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich); Homer's Iliad: Book One; Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello and Comedy of Errors; and Kipling's The Man Who Would be King.

Visit www.aquilatheatre.com.

From Left: Anthony Cochrane, Robert Richmond, Richard Willis and Alex Webb in <i>A Very Naughty Greek Play</i>
From Left: Anthony Cochrane, Robert Richmond, Richard Willis and Alex Webb in A Very Naughty Greek Play Photo by Richard Termine
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