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Theatre Conservatory to present Midwest premiere of Lysistrata Jones, a musical comedy about basketball

Posted: 10/24/2012
Lysistrata Jones, a critically acclaimed musical comedy by Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn about cheerleaders who withhold sex from their boyfriends on the basketball team until the team ends its losing streak, will make its Midwest premiere Nov. 15-18 at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Loosely based on Aristophanes’ ancient Greek antiwar comedy, the pop musical about “faith, hoops and chastity” made its debut on Broadway in 2011. Roosevelt’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) is the first to license the show, which will be staged by award-winning guest director and former Broadway actor Kurt Johns.

“We have a wonderfully talented cast of musical theater majors from CCPA for this incredibly fun show, which I consider to be a winning combination,” said Johns, who is sending the entire 24-member cast through basketball camp in preparation for the staging of the show, which features singing, dancing and lots of basketball action.
 
“Unlike the Broadway production, our cast members will actually play basketball on stage, which means they need to develop fundamental passing, dribbling, shooting and defensive skills,” Johns said.

Training camps for the show are being led weekly by Roosevelt Lakers Head Basketball Coach Joe Griffin, his team of assistant coaches, as well as Lakers players. “It is great for our athletes to be able to collaborate with our theatre students.  Together we are breaking down the age-old barrier that frequently separates athletics from art,” Griffin said.

Lysistrata Jones will be performed on Roosevelt’s seventh-floor O’Malley Theatre stage, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15, 16 and 17, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18. For tickets, call 312-341-3831.