From the author who gave the world Lysistrada comes The Assembly-Women which will be staged by the Foothill College Theatre Arts Department May 23–June 8 in the Lohman Theater at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Aristophanes’ knack for satirical ribaldry is screamingly abundant in this forgotten gem from the original master of sophomoric humor. Audience Advisory: This play contains course, adult language and sexual situations.
Thursday performances are May 29 and June 5 at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday show are May 23, 24, 30, 31, June 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees are June 1 and 8 at 2 p.m.
Audiences will be transported to ancient Greece where the women of Athens, led by concerned female citizen Praxagora, are fed up with all the biased, unfair and frankly stupid laws that suppress pleasant life and perpetuate war created by the all-male citizen assembly. Disguised as their husbands, the women of Athens infiltrate the assembly proceedings and surreptitiously repeal many of the irrational and unfair laws while initiating a collection of new laws for a more level, rational society—laws governing everything from distribution of wealth to sexual allowances.
The Assembly-Women is directed by Theatre Arts Instructor Tom Gough, M.F.A., and features Suzie Poulson of Redwood City as Praxagora; Nicolae Muntean of Los Altos as Blepyros; and Kevin Scofield of San Jose as Chremes.
The show’s ensemble includes Diana Dinéts, Steven Ho and Kazmeira Tarshis of Cupertino; Charnneé Young of East Palo Alto; Dominic Dee of Hayward; David Kirk of Los Altos Hills; Lauren Ackerly and Putrina Rafie of Mountain View; Holly Smolik of Portola Valley; Victoria Weber of Redwood City; Georgie Anaya, Kimberly Johnson, Megan McNulty, Nikita Sethi and Marley Westley of San Jose; Preeti Mann of San Leandro; Brittany Pisoni of San Mateo; Jessica Munoz-Dorr, Angel Ordaz and Sarah Weiler of Santa Clara; and Caitlyn Slavich of Sunnyvale.
Additional production credits include scenic design by Gordon Thurber, costume design by Carol Clever, lighting design by Ian Milton, properties design by Lori Ann Grass, composition by George Psarras, and stage management by David Chambers.
Tickets are $18, general; $14, students, seniors and Foothill-De Anza employees; $10, students with OwlCard and Foothill College employees (in-person purchase only). To purchase tickets, call (650) 949-7360 or access www.foothill.edu/theatre/tickets.
Parking Lots 1 and 8 provide the best access to the theatre. Patrons must purchase the required campus parking permit for $3. Purchase permit at dispensers in any student lot. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Foothill College is located off I-280 on El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills. For additional information, access www.foothill.edu or call (650) 949-7360.
Pictured from left are Nikita Sethi, Nicolae Muntean, Suzie Poulson and Kimberly Johnson. Photo by Tom Gough.