LYSISTRATA JONES premieres in Hawaii

Lysistrata Jones Manoa Valley Theatre

LYSISTRATA JONES, the hilarious contemporary musical about Faith, Hoops, and Chastity, has traveled from Broadway to the Aloha State!

Manoa Valley Theatre, Honolulu’s Off-Broadway Playhouse, is currently presenting the show through July 31st. Director/choreographer Brad Powell and music director Keith Griffin have assembled a youthful cast to bring Aristophanes’ ancient comedy to life in its colorful new setting, fictional Athens University.

Lysistrata Jones Manoa Valley TheatreYou see, the Athens University basketball team hasn’t won a game in 30 years. But spunky transfer student Lysistrata Jones has a plan: she dares the squad’s fed-up girlfriends to stop “giving it up” to their boyfriends until they win a game, and suddenly the players find the motivation to end their losing streak.

Lysistrata Jones Manoa Valley TheatreAdapted from Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy, LYSISTRATA JONES takes student activism to a whole new level and celebrates the journey of discovering and embracing who you truly are. With an irreverent book by Douglas Carter Beane and an infectious pop/rock score from Lewis Flynn, the high-energy show is sure to wow Hawaiian audiences.

Reviewer Michael Donata of Hitting The Stage says of the Manoa Valley production, “I laughed a lot throughout the show. The script is fun, campy, and loaded with many blink-and-you-miss-it jokes.”

And in News of Hawaii, Liza Tuiolosega writes, “The song-and-dance numbers whip up the eye-candy pandemonium, a testament to disciplined direction by Brad Powell. Hopefully… the 2,500 year-old spirit of Aristophanes is out there somewhere smiling over the prospect that today’s Millennials still just want to have fun.”

Lysistrata Jones Manoa Valley TheatreCongratulations to the entire cast and crew of LYSISTRATA JONES, and best of luck with the rest of your run! Pomai ka’i!

Lysistrata Jones Manoa Valley TheatrePhotos 1, 5 by Erich Steinwandt, photos 2-4 by Firebird Photography

All photos courtesy of Manoa Valley Theatre