Behind the scenes at UWM’s ‘Lysistrata’

Sweeping the stage before morning rehearsals. (UWM Photos/Kenny Yoo)

A comedy by Aristophanes, “Lysistrata” was first performed in classical Athens in 411 BC. It is a comic account of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace – a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes.

Photographer Kenny Yoo offers a rare look at the weeks of backstage preparation and rehearsal leading up to Wednesday’s opening night, including the making of masks, which were traditionally worn by actors in ancient Greek drama. (View Slideshow below)

Directed by Michelle Lopez-Rios, associate professor of voice and speech, “Lysistrata,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, and 2 p.m., Sunday, in the Mainstage Theatre.

Tickets: general, $17; seniors, UWM faculty/staff, $15; students, $5 (pre-sale) $8 night of); majors, free. Available at the box office and at

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