Ruehl, Chalfant, Lahti, Stoltz Perform as Part of Anti-War Lysistrata Project, March 3

News   Ruehl, Chalfant, Lahti, Stoltz Perform as Part of Anti-War Lysistrata Project, March 3 In Aristophanes' Lysistrata, the women of Athens, in an attempt to end the years of war with Sparta, unite to withhold sex from their battling beaus. Today, with the threat of war with Iraq looming, theatre artists from across the globe are uniting to take part in "The Lysistrata Project," March 3.
Promotional art for The Lysistrata Project
Promotional art for The Lysistrata Project

Mercedes Ruehl, Kathleen Chalfant, F. Murray Abraham, Peter Boyle, David Strathairn, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Julie Christie, Alfre Woodard, Christine Lahti, Mary McDonnell, Eric Stoltz and Ed Begley Jr. are among the many performers taking part in the worldwide event which will feature over 500 readings of the classic Greek text in over three dozen countries. Among the internationally-participating cities are Buenos Aires, Argentina; Newcastle, Australia; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Toronto, Ontario; London, England; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; Athens, Greece; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Reykjavik, Iceland; Dublin, Ireland; Jerusalem, Israel; Tokyo, Japan; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Mexico City, Mexico; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Warsaw, Poland; Edinburgh, Scotland; Barcelona, Spain; Zurich, Switzerland; Istanbul, Turkey; Montevideo, Uruguay and many more.

In New York City and Los Angeles, CA, the aforementioned actors will take part in two of a scores of other readings which will take place in hundreds of cities in all 50 states across the country.

"The Lysistrata Project" was conceived in early January by New York actors Kathryn Blume and Sharron Bower. The two thespians launched into an email and web-based campaign to organize the event.

"The response has been enormous," Blume states in a release. Bower adds, "Many people have emailed us to say how distraught they feel about the war. Now they feel empowered to do something, and foster dialogue in their own communities."

To take part in "The Lysistrata Project" or to find where a reading is taking place in your area, visit the event's webpage at www.lysistrataproject.com.