Lysistrata Project (2003)

1990-2010, Authority, Date, Defining the Enemy, Disruptive Spaces, Self Institution, Tactics of Disruption, Urban Spaces

In 2003, there were many protests around the war in Iraq. In a widely popular move of disruption and protest against this war, two actors in New York created a way for people across the world to show their opposition in a theatrical and dramatic fashion. Lysistrata is a famous Greek comedy with a theme of anti – war. In this play, women stopped giving sex to men in order to stop the Polyponnessian War. Part of what made the play comedic and memorable was the nudity and the theatrical phallic displays. The PDF below is a full description of the Lysistrata Project, what it’s goals were, and why it was successful as a form of disruption and protest. Here is the link to the original website, where there are still some resources on how the founders of the project created their interpretation of the play so that it was accessible all over the world:

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