Adapted by Ellen McLaughlin

Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2022, Patricia Corbett Theater

  • Director | Brant Russell
  • Dramaturg/Director of Choral Movement | Caitlin Hines
  • Musical Dramaturgy/Vocal Coach | Megan Steigerwald-Ille
  • Cultural Dramaturg | Joy Lanceta Coronel
  • Scenic Designer | Sami Tamulonis*
  • Lighting Designer | Alaina Pizzoferatto*
  • Costume Designer |  Erin Donnelly  *
  • Composer | Jay Mobley
  • Sound Designer | Christopher Berger*
  • Wig & Make-Up Designer | Colin Gallaher*
  • Production Stage Manager | Maggie Seibert*
  • Props Master | Maddie Byrnes*
  • Fight Director/Intimacy Coach | k Jenny Jones
  • Voice Consultant | Sarah Summerwell
  • Movement Consultant | Laura Lucia Duque

*CCM Student

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Lysistrata + The Trojan Women run time is two hours and 15 minutes, plus an approximately 20-minute long intermission.

About the Intermission

The Cincinnati Dionysia features two Greek plays: a comedy and a tragedy. To situate each play in appropriate scenography, Scenic Designer Sami Tamulonis has created a ruined version of the lovely acropolis from the first act.

Destroying a city takes time and effort, so audiences will get a unique opportunity to see CCM's technical direction students and stage crews at work during the intermission scene shift.

As a result, our intermission will be a bit longer than normal – about 20 minutes – but we hope you enjoy this backstage peek into the world of technical theatre. If you choose to stay in the lobby through intermission, don’t worry: we’ll still blink the lights when it’s time to return.

Dramaturg’s Note

By Caitlin Hines, Assistant Professor in UC College of Arts and Sciences Classics Department 

The Cincinnati Dionysia — a name inspired by the City Dionysia, the ancient Athenian religious festival that featured several days of theatrical performances in competition — brings together two dramas with wildly different tones: Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ uproarious sex comedy, and The Trojan Women, Euripides’ tragic meditation on the aftermath of war.

The two playwrights were contemporaries in 5th-century B.C.E. Athens. Aristophanes was known for writing comedies that presented sharp political commentary on current problems, often through wacky and absurdist scenarios. Euripides turned his view to the mythical past, exploring questions of power, duty and identity through the troubles and torments of mythological figures. Though only a limited selection of their works survive, both playwrights were extraordinarily prolific, with Aristophanes writing 40 and Euripides more than 90 plays within their lifetimes.

The two plays selected for the Cincinnati Dionysia were composed and performed during the same decade (The Trojan Women in 415 B.C.E., Lysistrata in 411 B.C.E.) as the Greek world suffered the political, economic and human consequences of a decades-long conflict between Athens and Sparta. Lysistrata, as is Aristophanes’ custom, addresses this contemporary conflict head-on, making the Peloponnesian War the focus of the protagonist’s anti-war efforts. The Trojan Women likewise confronts the costs of war, though Euripides chooses a mythical moment in a foreign setting — the Fall of Troy — as the focal point of his tragedy. 

Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptations of both plays perform several essential functions for modern audiences: she translates not only the language but also culturally- and historically-contingent forms of humor, metaphor and idiom. Although the adaptations are relatively loose and substantially abridged, they capture the spirit of the originals with care and finesse. It is our hope that you will find, despite the sharp tonal shift between the comic and tragic portions of the program, meaningful intersections in the plays’ explorations of how women — be they fictionalized contemporaries of the original audience, or denizens of a far-distance mythical past — must bear the consequences of war.

The Place and Time

LYSISTRATA: 411 BCE, during the Peloponnesian War, Athens

LECTURE: Right here, right now

THE TROJAN WOMEN: 12th-century BCE, at the end of the Trojan War, Troy

Lecture Information

A brief lecture to accompany Cincinnati Dionysia: Lysistrata + The Trojan Women 
Courtesy of Dr. Caitlin Hines, UC Department of Classics 
“Professor” Madeleine Gaughan, lecturer

The final line of Homer’s Iliad
ὣς οἵ γ᾽ ἀμφίεπον τάφον Ἕκτορος ἱπποδάμοιο. 
“Thus they tended to the funeral of Hektor, breaker of horses.”

The Company


  • Geezer 2 | Galen Arnett
  • Lampito | Shaylee Bowman
  • Athenian Chorus Leader 2 | Staylie Brunner
  • Lysistrata | Ava Duvall
  • Cinesias | Cyrus Fontenot
  • Belphragia | Madeleine Gaughan
  • Geezer 1 / Spartan Envoy | Nico Graves
  • Cougar 3 | Kat Kinman
  • Dispas | Nora Kovasckitz
  • Spartan Envoy | Evan Kupersmith
  • Fisherwoman | Erin Lynch
  • Ismenia | Yodeet Nymberg
  • Geezer 3 | Lily Olsen
  • Calonice | Zoë Peterson 
  • Cougar 2 | Jahmiya Quarles
  • Athenian Chorus Leader 1 | Lydia Robison
  • Myrrhine | Emma Sanchez
  • Cougar 1 | Palini Sunkara 
  • Spartan Delegate | Wyatt Tolozcko
  • Magistrate | Jake Weinheimer


  •  Professor | Madeleine Gaughan
  • Sample credits for Jay Mobley's original composition:
    • Berlioz, Hector, Act II, Scene 2, “Complices de sa gloire.” Les Troyens. London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, with Petra Lang. Conducted by Sir Colin Davis. July 9, 2001. LSO0010D LSO Live, 4 compact discs.
    • Britten, Benjamin. Act II, Scene 1, “Within this frail crucible of light,” The Rape of Lucretia.  The English Chamber Orchestra, with Benjamin Luxon. Conducted by Benjamin Britten. March 8, 1990. Decca 000289425666620, compact disc.
    • Cacoyannis, Michael, dir. The Trojan Women. 1971; USA: Kino Lorber Films. DVD. 
    • Elvis Costello and The Attractions. “Crimes of Paris,” Blood and Chocolate. Rykodisc B00009V1, 2007, compact disc. Originally released in 1986. 
    • Steinmann, Conrad. “Sardos (protosardiscer aulos).” January 27, 2014. YouTube Video, 2.18. 
    • Walton, William. Act II, Scene 2, “The Storm.” Troilus and Cressida. Opera North, conducted by Richard Hickox. April 1, 1995. Chandos 9370-71, 2 compact discs.
  • Antigone String Quartet | Mable Lecrone, violin I; Amelia Korbitz, violin II; Matthias Young, viola; Liam Battle, cello

The Trojan Women

  • Talthybius | Galen Arnett
  • Andromache | Madeleine Gaughan
  • Hecuba | Rachel Larson
  • Cassandra | Lily Olsen
  • Helen | Lydia Robison
  • Poseidon | Jake Weinheimer
  • Chorus Leader | Zoë Peterson
  • Chorus | Shaylee Bowman, Staylie Brunner, Nico Graves, Kat Kinman, Nora Kovasckitz, Erin Lynch, Yodeet Nymberg, Jahmiya Quarles, Emma Sanchez, Palini Sunkara

Production Staff

  • Technical Director | Maya Eberhardt
  • Assistant Director | Chloë Hill
  • Assistant Stage Managers | Sage Shepard, Hannah Kate Hawver
  • Production Assistant | Bethany Untener
  • Assistant Scenic Designer | Suzanne Barnes
  • Assistant Costume Designer | Savannah Brooks
  • Assistant Lighting Designers | Rama van Gils
  • Wardrobe Supervisor | Brittannie McKenna Travis
  • Wardrobe Crew Head |   Lauren Wooten
  • Wardrobe Crew| Moira Seger, William Blank, Mary Hopkins, Morgan Terry, Paloma Robles
  • Costume Crew | Meredith Randall, Peggie Dona, Shelby Allred
  • Costume Graduate Assistants | Clara Cavins, Erin Donnelly, Miranda Cotman, Natasha Cox
  • Costume Crafts | Natasha Cox
  • Production Electrician | Samuel Wilson
  • Assistant Production Electrician | Nate Miller
  • Board Operator | Nate Miller
  • Deck Electricians | Jeffrey Bell, Emily Mallendick
  • Electrics Shop Assistants | Tal Kochav, Samuel Wilson
  • Lighting Graduate Assistants | Jessica Drayton, Baron Leon, Kristen Peck, Alaina Pizzoferrato
  • Set Construction Crew | Matti Andrews, Abigail Barrientes, Jeffrey Bell, Will Blank, El Bowers, Danny Callahan, Anna Camerer, Nick Feldmann, Raeya Garcia, Gabe Gardner, Alanna Gorrigan, Laura Hanks, Willow Heichel, Mary Hopkins, Lily Landoch, Rachel Luneke, Kaitin Nicole Mier, Maddi Myer, Kait Naylor, Arcadia Paff, Orion Petzel, Charlie Raschke, Evan Reinhart, Paloma Robles, Julia Schillaci, Kassidy Schley, Jordan Shaw, Emma Shreve, Morgan Terry, Bethany Untener, Reagan Warvel
  • Scenic Charge Artist | Suzanne Barnes
  • Scenic Artist’s Assistant | Michael Blankenship, Liz Mitan, Sami Tamulonis
  • Paint Crew | Melanie Reitman, Mia Adrian
  • Scene Shop Assistants | Mckenna Brennan, Maya Eberhardt, Gabby Ullman, Thomas Iodice, Grace Mayo, Logan Vanderpool, Lukas Hummeldorf, Nick Hunley, Benji Lookatch, Izzy Dillon
  • Set/Props Running Crew | Alanna Gorrigan, Julia Schillaci, Orion Petzel, Abigail Barrientes, Nick Feldmann, Reagan Warvel
  • Assistant Sound Designer | Brian Haack
  • Production Sound Engineer| Aaron Woodstein
  • Sound Board Operator | Lucia Thill
  • Sound Shop Graduate Assistants | Aaron Woodstein, Patrick Kiernan, Kaitlin Barnett, Bryan Pivaral
  • Wig and Make-Up Running Crew | Reece Martin, Jordyn Hill, Dinithi Fernando

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