Theatre Under the Stars

From July 26 through August 26, 2018, don’t miss Odyssey Theatre’s world premiere of Lysistrata and the Temple of Gaia, a comedy by award-winning playwright David S. Craig. The play is a comedy about an uncertain future, a group of lovers, and a sex strike to save the environment.

Lysistrata and the Temple of Gaia is set in the year 2118, and climate change has made the world inhospitable.

But, for the humans of the future, it’s easy to dismiss all of this as “just the weather.” Easy, that is, until an ancient goddess named Gaia appears and threatens to destroy all humanity unless they promise to take better care of the planet. The women agree, the men refuse, and a classic battle of the sexes ensues. Thus unfolds the world’s first eco-sex comedy.

In Aristophanes’ original play, the women of Athens strike in an effort to end a bloody war. In this new play, the women strike in order to convince their partners to put Mother Earth first. With its biting wit, Craig’s script is a send-up of our apathy towards the environment, in the light-hearted and zany context of a sex comedy.

Over a 44-year career, David S. Craig has distinguished himself as an award-winning theatre writer and director. He has directed over thirty plays, written radio dramas for the CBC, and toured extensively across the country. His works have been translated into five languages. This is Craig’s second time at the helm of an Odyssey production, his first being 2012’s The Fan, for which he won the Prix Rideau Award for Outstanding Adaptation.

He is backed by an incredible design team of Jerrard Smith (Set Design), Lori Hickling (Costume Design), Graham Price (Lighting Design) and Rick Sacks (Sound Design). They will be creating a future world in which Greece’s Golden Age never ended. Their design blends an ancient, classical look, with a dramatic concept of future fashion.

Odyssey’s productions are known for their fabulous casts, and this year is no different. We welcome Odyssey veterans Sarah Finn (Cassandra), Catriona Leger (H/Gaia), and David Warburton (G). They will be joined by the talents of David daCosta (Theo), Natalia Gracious (Pandora), Martin Julien (Cleon), Lisa Norton (Pietr), and Shelley Simester (Lysistrata).

Join us for our 33rd season in Strathcona Park for Lysistrata and the Temple of Gaia. Performances run from July 26-August 26, 2018, from Tuesday-Sunday at 8pm, with a Sunday matinee at 2pm.

 

 

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