Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Ronin Theatre Company's production of the Classic Greek comedy LYSISTRATA runs August 4-August 13


Ronin presents Aristophanes’ often imitated by never duplicated play

Starting August 4, Ronin Theatre Company presents eight performances of the Classic Greek comedy LYSISTRATA at the Stage Left Productions theater in Surprise.

Written by Aristophanes in 411 B.C. and originally performed in Athens, this story is about a woman’s unconventional plan to end the Peloponnesian War by denying men what they truly desire, sex.

“Helen of Troy’s face may have launched a thousand ships,” said director Dan Trombley, “but Lysistrata inspired countless ‘make love, not war’ stories” – including a TV episode of M*A*S*H, the musical comedy LYSISTRATA JONES and Spike Lee’s film CHI-RAQ.

The Ronin cast features Mesa resident Toni Kallen (Lysistrata), and Phoenix residents Antoinette Martin-Hanson (Myrrhine), Ashley Belle Vasquez (Calonice, woman), Jason Hall (Cinesias, congressman, ambassador 1) and Seth Scott (police chief, ambassador 2).

“Our lively adaptation is around 70 minutes and will be interspersed with live music and dancing,” added artistic director and fight choreographer Keath Hall.

The crew includes Amanda Trombley (dramaturg), Birdie Halloway (stage manager), Bill Griffith (lighting designer), Katie Weir-Calles (production manager) and Nicole Thompson (technical director).

Lysistrata is an ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes, originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC. It is a comic account of a woman's extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War between Greek city states by denying all the men of the land any sex, which was the only thing they truly and deeply desired.

$20.00 Reserved Seating

Friday August 4th 7:30pm 
Saturday August 5th 2:00pm
Saturday August 5th 7:30 pm
Sunday August 6th 2:00pm

Friday August 11th 7:30pm
Saturday August 12th 2:00pm
Saturday August 12th 7:30pm
Sunday  August 13th 2:00pm

Tickets to LYSISTRATA are available to order now at The show runs August 4 through 13 with four matinees and four evening performances.

The remainder of Ronin’s 2023 Season features the Arizona premiere of DRACULA IN TOMBSTONE and TWELFTH NIGHT at the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix. Find out more on and

1 comment:

  1. Where is yout thatre company located? I have seen listings that your productions were in Tempe, Surprise & Phoenix, so I'm unsure. I am also curious about your production of Dracula in Tombstone. I am a Dracula memorabilia collector and art objects with a bat motif (which has previously been diplayed at the West Valley Art Museum in Peoria). I have seen over a dozen different stage productions of Dracula, directed a production of it, designed sets for 2 productions and special effects advisor for several, played Van Helsing in a production and I recently played Dracula (along with 3 other characters) in the Almost Famous Theatre Company's production of Young Frankenstein. If I can be of any assistance with your production, you can contact me at


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