Women Against the War

Women Poets and Prose writers will voice their concerns about the current state of The United States, especially the rush to war. Included will be dramatic readings from Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ great anti-war drama which, with comedic overtones, glorifies the power of fertility in the face of destruction. Written in 412 B.C.E., in the 20th year of the Peloponnesian War, the women in Lysistrata are saying, “We will produce no more children for men to use as the fodder of war.” What has made Lysistrata one of the greatest plays ever written is its central eternal idea: Peace is survival and a female yearning; war is a male phallic aberration. Although everyone is invited the readings will be by women only in the order that they sign up. Those who email advanced registration will read first.

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