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FAU Premieres a New Adaptation of ‘Lysistrata’

BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 1, 2013) – The Department of Theatre and Dance within Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents the Florida premiere of a new adaptation of Aristophanes’ musical comedy “Lysistrata.” The new adaptation was written by Broadway composers Galt MacDermot and Matty Selman. The play runs from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 21 in Studio One Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

“Lysistrata” is based on Aristophanes’ story about an Athenian housewife who organizes a strike among Greek women urging them to refuse sex with their husbands until the men end the Peloponnesian War. In the FAU production, MacDermot and Selman have worked with Professor and Director Laura Wayth to create a new score for the musical.

Galt McDermot is a multiple award-winning composer best remembered for his score to the musical Hair. Matty Selman is a composer and lyricist who has worked closely with McDermot on several projects.

Shows are on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. General admission tickets are $20; students, faculty, staff, alumni and children under age 12 may purchase tickets for $12; and group prices are available. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 1-800-564-9539.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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