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LYSISTRATA & the WAR
 
A c t   . 1
 
As the play begins, Lysistrata, who may be played by a Black soprano, is waiting for women to show up to a meeting she has called. When they arrive, Lysistrata tells them of the horrors of the war and of the need for action against it. All the women are agreed and they promise to do anything. Lysistrata informs them her plan is to organize a sex-strike against the men, whom she holds responsible for the war. At first a terrible prospect for the women, they eventually give in to her plan and swear an oath to uphold it.
A week later, the women have seized the sacred Acropolis. The Temple of Athena becomes their headquarters. The leaders of Athens, Richard Stillouse Noxious, Spiral Upyou, General Wantsmorewar and Democratea Diarrhea, are livid with rage at this news. Democratea tells of his feats of past terror and asks if a "mere woman" shall defy him. When the men are confronted by the armed women, he recognizes that they really do dare to defy him, and after some exchanges of hostility, a stalemate is reached. But by the end of Act I Lysistrata's plans have not been meeting with much success.
 
A c t   . 2
(Several Days Later)
 
Finding morale among the women was getting lower each day, Lysistrata had visited an Oracle for advice (but she misunderstands the Oracle's meaning, taking the word "Doves" to mean women, and "Hawks" to mean men in the Oracle's message).
Soon, Proletarius comes to the Acropolis to beg his wife Myrrhina, to come home. Myrrhina and Lysistrata arrange to make an example of him to all men, hoping thus to add impetus to their bogging-down plans to force the war's conclusion.
Later, a Spartan Herald appears with a plea from Sparta to make peace, because in Sparta, under the leadership of Lysistrata's friend, Sexpotchki, the women there, too, have called a sex-strike. Democratea privately confers with General Wantsmorewar (and others) and outlines with them a scheme to arrange fake peace negotiations to get the women off their backs (intending nevertheless to continue the war for economic reasons). However, his plot is overheard by a woman.
Informed of the plot, Lysistrata now recognizes the real meaning of the Oracle's message: War comes from social classes and not sex. Seeking Proletarius, this time she organizes both women and men too and she intervenes in the phony peace talks, exposing and arresting Democratea and his crew. Soon after, real peace terms are struck and the war is ended. (Back to Lysistrata page. Some Opera humour: Night at the oopera)
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