Trek Actors In War ProtestBy Antony
March 1, 2003 - 11:16 PM
Connor Trinneer (Charles 'Trip' Tucker), Alfre Woodard (Lily Sloane) and F. Murray Abraham (Ru'afo) are just a few of the many actors that are joining together on Monday 3 March in protest of military action against Iraq.
The actors will be all be starring in separate productions of Lysistrata, a comedy play that is set to be held in 56 countries, and all 50 US states, in a total of around 920 readings. Lysistrata tells the story of women from opposing states who unite to end a war by refusing to sleep with their men until they agree to lay down their swords. Powerless in their society, with too many of their sons and husbands being slaughtered in battle, the women take the only tactic available to them: a sex strike.
The Lysistrata Project actually began only two months ago, and was started by actors Kathryn Blume and Sharron Bower. "Before we started Lysistrata Project, we could do nothing but sit and watch in horror as the Bush Administration drove us toward a unilateral attack on Iraq," said Blume. "So we emailed all our friends and put up a web site. The response has been enormous."
Trinneer's show will be taking place in Los Angeles, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 West 8th Street (Lucerne/Wilshire). Doors will open at 6:30pm, with the reading starting at 8pm. Abraham will be at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater in New York City, 651 Fulton Street, with the show set to begin at 7pm. And Woodward will be appearing in California at The Los Angeles Filmmaker Cooperative's Powerhouse Cultural Space.
The events will happen at a variety of places, in a variety of countries. Sidewalks, subway platforms, parks, theaters, high schools, churches and bars are just some of the locations where performances are planned to be held.
"With the freedom and wealth of our country comes great responsibility — and this war is not a responsible act," said organiser Bower. "If America rushes into a unilateral attack on Iraq, the White House not only drives our country deeper into deficit spending, but also alienates our allies, and fans the flames of anti-American sentiment all over the world."
More information can be found at the Lysistrata Project website.