Aristophanes’ classic comedy “Ecclesiazusae” will close the Genesius Guild’s 2019 season with performances at 8 p.m. on July 27 & 28 and August 3 & 4 at the Don Wooten Stage in Lincoln Park, Rock Island. Ecclesiazusae is a perfect example of Aristophanes’ sharp wit and political commentary, with the jokes updated to cover modern-day themes. Performances are free.

Aristophanes was a familiar and upsetting figure in classical Athens with his knack for writing plays that needled local authority figures. In “Ecclesiazusae,” Aristophanes turns the local government on its head by having the women of Athens take control of the city to create their own laws.

In its modern version of the play, the Genesius Guild maintains the basic plot but replaces the political figures with updated references. This final show of the season is an irreverent romp, poking fun at people and institutions we all recognize, and ending in a frantic “Mack Sennett” finale.

The Genesius Guild is a community theatre organization located in the Quad Cities specializing in free classical drama. Founded in 1956, the group performs Greek drama, Greek comedy, the works of Shakespeare, and other classical authors every weekend throughout the summer. The schedule also includes ballet in partnership with Ballet Quad Cities.

For more information, please visit www.genesius.org

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